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6 Interesting Facts About 3D Printers

6 Interesting Facts About 3D Printers

3D pens are a new technology with limited scope however, new technologies continue to amaze many.

Small business owners, freelancers and creative persons can really benefit from the 3D technology as it allows them to be productive and achieve greater output with a little bit of investment.

The 3D technology converts digital images into a physical object and is revolutionizing the way businesses are using them to their advantage.

Most common users of 3D printing include doctors, dentists, car manufacturers, students, prop makers and many other common and small businesses which can take advantage of this technology and reduce their cost.

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Before you make an investment to buy a 3D Printer or want to know more about this technology, here are some interesting facts you must know:

1. 3D Printers require digital images first

3D Printing requires digital imaging first and then the images are converted into the physical objects. So, if you are planning to use 3D Printing for your business make sure you have persons who are creative enough to first design digital images.

Digital images are either created through a 3D Modeling software or through 3D scanners. The prices of 3D scanners and modeling software as some 3D Modeling software such as Blender are freely available.

A typical 3D printing process starts with preparation of digital images which are then printed and subsequently finishing is provided to develop the object of desire.

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Designing of digital images require creativity as well as practical skills. Make sure you hire the right persons first before investing into 3D Printing.

2. 3D Printers use different technologies

Though all 3D Printers follow the same core principles of 3D printing technology, however, they can vary in terms of how they use the technology.

3D Printers use additive technology in which physical objects are created using placing layers upon layers.

3D Printers basically differ as to how they place the layer upon each other during the actual printing process.

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3. 3D Printing devices will be DIY technology soon

Though this technology has not yet emerged to a full-scale commercial use, however, there are strong predictions that 3D printing technology will be used for consumer use also.

Desktop 3D printers are in making and soon common men would be ready to buy 3D printers at cheaper prices to manufacture their physically designed objects.

4. 3D Printing Material can be found easily

The aim of 3D printing is to print or develop a physical object. The material required to manufacture such objects can vary from plastic to rubber, metals, sandstone and alloys.

Depending upon the use and the type of physical objects to build, you can easily find the right type of material either locally or from international markets.

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5. 3D materials have limited strength and endurance

Though 3D printing has enormous potential and can print almost anything. But the final output, due to technology restrictions, has always less endurance as well as strength.

Less endurance and strength also means that the overall quality of output will not be up to the internationally accepted standards.

6. Buy printer per your needs

To invest into 3D printing you need to first define your product. If you are going to produce small objects, you should buy a smaller 3D printer.

If your need is to print larger units, you should buy a 3D printer which fits your need. Your overall investment depends mostly on what your product is.

Above is a simple list of facts you need to understand before you start using 3D technology. It is always important to prepare and know your facts before making a choice to transition towards 3D printing technology.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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