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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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        8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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        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.
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        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.
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          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.
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        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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