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 •  April 24

Editor’s note: This project is meant for reproducing your own work or work in the public domain. It is not meant to be used for illegal duplication. Support your favorite artists by buying their records! And if you’re in the UK, you can catch Jess on tour. Setting the needle and hearing your song play out over the hi-fi speakers is usually a thrill...

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 •  March 17

We spend a lot of time thinking about how our 3D prints look. We tweak print settings, sand, and polish our prints, and even apply coatings to try to hide the layer lines that are the foundation of 3D printing. What we rarely think about though is the fact that these objects often won’t just be setting on a pedestal like works of art in the Louvre,...

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 •  February 17

This week’s tips cover a few improvements you can make to your tape measure, two tips for mold making, and a quick tip on testing the quality of record vinyl. As always, leave a tip or two in the comments below and we might include them in next week’s tips round-up. Measuring Tape Marker Version 1 On The Small Workshop, Steve Panner shows you how...

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 •  February 16

Repairing plastic items can be confounding for someone who’s never done it before. There’s no part to replace (usually), no nut to tighten, just something… misshapen or cracked. There’s nothing to repair but the material itself. Plastic can be easier to work with than you might imagine. With some heat and some pressure many items can be fixed...

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 •  January 10

Creating prototypes is nothing new. For centuries, inventors have created mock-ups in myriad ways ranging from wood carving to custom machining. The Wright Brothers created prototypes as did Thomas Edison. Producing those prototypes required not just vision but also significant fabrication skills. Modern prototyping has changed. Designs are created...

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 •  August 5, 2016

Semantic arguments aside as to whether this technique is legitimate “3D printing” or not, this method, developed by researchers at Disney, is definitely worth paying attention to. It’s actually a real ah-ha moment, such an obvious idea, you wonder why this isn’t in common use already. The idea is quite simple. You first create a digital image where...

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 •  March 21, 2014

Synthetic polymers play a role in almost every single commercially manufactured item on the planet. Plastics are not just ubiquitous, but extremely versatile: some of them are incredibly stretchy, while some are hard as nails; some are crystal clear, and others come in all colors of the rainbow; some can survive extreme temperatures, and yet ...

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 •  October 18, 2013

3D printers are cutting edge. They’re in the news. They’re printing amazing things, from custom prosthetics, to fully functional engines, to buildings. They print forms that would be impossible to manufacturable otherwise. And they’re a fairly accessible toy for the DIYer to use at home.
Haiti is a beautiful country fighting to improve itself and ...