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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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