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You May Not Realize It, But You Actually Can Do 3D Printing On Your Own

You May Not Realize It, But You Actually Can Do 3D Printing On Your Own

Although 3D printing has been around for a few years, the whole concept of at home 3D printing is something that is very new, and exciting for people. But it is also something that people may think is not going to be available or affordable for a while, but I am here to tell you that it’s actually available now, and it will not cost you your retirement money to be able to use!

Whether you are a designer, architect, or just someone who likes to get creative, there is something out there for you in the 3D printing world. I have found a few products that are available for purchase now, or availabe for purchase in the near future that will get you excited about 3D printing at home!

The LIX 3D Printing Pen

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    The LIX pen was introduced in April of 2014, and has gotten its popularity as the worlds smallest 3D printing pen. The LIX pen works by basically melting, and cooling the plastic material, which allows you to doodle your creation in the air.  The pen can be plugged into any USB port, so keeping it charged and going is never a problem. With its small size and easy to use features, the LIX pen is highly desirable for designers, architects, artists, or pretty much anybody who has a creative bone in their body.

    The LIX pen is fairly affordable, costing $139.95 for the 3D pen, or they have a ball pen version for $59.95. The only downfall following this pen so far is that it is still not ready to be sold on the market yet, but you can visit the LIX website, and sign up to know when it will be for sale, and to preorder it.

    The 3doodler Pen

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      Another popular choice in the 3D printing pen market is the 3doodler pen. The 3doodler describes itself as the worlds first 3D printing pen, and the worlds best as well. The 3doodler works kind of like the LIX pen, by heating and cooling the material and allowing you to draw your creation straight up into the air.

      You can purchase the 3doodler right off of their website for around $99.99. Something cool about the 3doodler is that you can purchase a bunch of hip accessories, including a storage stand for the pen, or a foot pedal for those longer projects.

      One downfall that comes with the 3doodler is its size. It is a lot bulkier, compared to the LIX pen, making it a little harder to handle. The 3doodler is also not as portable as the LIX. It is not chargeable, so you are limited to where you can use it, although it is said to be coming out with a chargeable power source, so this may not be an issue in the future.

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      Cubify Cube 3D printer

      cubify printer photo credit cubifydotcom

        Another option of 3D printing that is not as portable, or as affordable as the printing pens is the Cubify Cube 3D printer. The Cube is one of the best deals for somebody who really wants to 3D print, but doesn’t have a steady enough hand to create a masterpiece with the printing pens. The Cube comes with some really cool software that you can use to design and customize your piece. It also has a smartphone app that you can use to print directly from your smart phone.

        It is easy to use, and is safe for kids 8+ to use, but it all comes with a price. You can purchase the Cube directly off of the Cubify website for a price of $999.00. You can also expect to pay an additional $49 for the material cartridges.

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        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

        In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

        Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

        In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

        Minimizing Tabs

        Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

        Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

        Incognito Mode

        Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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        1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
        2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
        3. Download extension New Incognito Window

        This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

        Save Webpages as PDF Files

        Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

        Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

        Open Recently-closed Tabs

        Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

        One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

        The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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        Solve Mathematical Problems

        Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

        For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

        Play Media Files

        Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

        In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

        Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

        With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

        Stay Focus(e)d

        Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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        Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

        With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

        This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

        Grammarly for Editing

        Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

        You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

        Loom

        There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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        There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

        With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

        Chrome Calendar Extension

        No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

        Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

        Final Thoughts

        Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

        Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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