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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 August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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