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With the post-Brexit trade deal in action supply chains are experiencing disruption and new challenges are arising. We have seen innovation become a necessity for survival in 2021 and businesses need to be adaptable in their production methods. The result of recent economic events has demonstrated the vulnerability of our international logistics. Businesses are now assessing new ways to operate and import from the EU. It is said that every crisis presents both opportunities and threats. In this ...
May be of interest.   Eva and Bill have been working on creating a filament extruder to recycle plastic into printable filament since the pandemic struck.   They started out with the Michigan Tech University RecycleBot project but more recently managed to get their hands on a plastic drinking straw manufacturing machine and upcycled it into a filament extruder for 3D printing. They have shared their story here: https://www.kiwifil.shop/pages/the-story-of-kiwifil     They ...
More than a month ago, my 3D printer failed and I reach out to the element14 community to ask for recommendations (https://www.element14.com/community/message/300505/l/ack-my-trusty-monoprice-maker-select-plus-is-broken-any-sugestions-… ).  milosrasic98  and others had suggested that I consider a Prusa printer, so I dug in and did some research.  It took me a couple of weeks of trying to compare and contrast various designs, manufacturers and models, but I did finally decid ...
Every organisations goal, no matter the sector or industry is to find ways to adapt working to be more efficient & effective. Adopting 3D printing for many companies around the world has already been executed, achieving results otherwise impossible.   Keep equipment working properly   If you are interested in how to increase productivity in manufacturing, one of the most important factors in a fast-moving environment is time. Heineken's bottling plant in Seville, Spain, for exam ...
3D Printed Helping Hands V1 1. Introduction 2. Design 3. Finished Product 4. Future Ideas   1. Introduction     Hi! In this blog I will go over designing and making my version of the helping hands for soldering. There are various different options to get, from the simple ones that hold the board and have a magnifying glass, or besides that additional things like soldering iron holder and solder holder to the octopus ones. The one I'm interested in is th ...
Simple Breadboard Stand 1. Introduction 2. Stand with screws 3. Stand without screws 4. General notes 5. Adjustable stand - Work in progress   1. Introduction     Hi! In this short blog I'll just cover a simple design I made for a breadboard stand. I have 2 of the Element14 Present breadboards with the banana jacks at the top and I love using them, they're great. But I found a small problem to do with their rubber feet. The feet are tall and the adh ...
Introduction We'll be recreating the diamond that floats above the Sim's head, also known as a plumbob, and making it Bluetooth controlled so you can set the colour to reflect your mood!   Supplies: Adafruit Feather (nRF52 Bluefruit LE - nRF52832) 2 Adafruit NeoPixel Rings Lipo battery 3.7V Smartphone with Bluetooth and the Adafruit Bluefruit LE Connect app 3D printer Transparent 3D printing filament Needle and thread A hat (or other headgear to attach the hardware to) A bit of glu ...
If you're familiar with 3D Printing, then you're likely familiar with Creality, and if you're familiar with them as a brand, then you're more than likely familiar with this:     The Ender 3 Pro is one of the 3D Printers that keeps coming up amidst my circle of Engineers and Makers who recommend and rave about 3D Printers to those who want to pick up a new one.   For good reason, too. The design of this filament (or FDM) printer is sturdy, staple and frankly, simple. That's all ...
The story so far This is a follow-up to my guide on making a LoRaWAN-based mail box sensor that can last for 10 years on two AAA batteries. So far the device has run for 3 years, giving me push messages on my phone whenever I recieve mail. The guide ended with the electronics housed in a standard outdoors junction box, embelished using a vinyl cutter and my plans to design a custom enclosure in CAD and 3D print with a FDM-printer. I would then use filler and sandpaper to make a smooth prototype ...
3D Printed Locking Connector - Type 1   1. Introduction 2. Plan 3. Design Cable part of the connector Description 3D model Finished Part Cable holder Description 3D Model Panel Mount 1 Description 3D Model Finished Product Panel Mount 2 Description 3D Model Finished Product Caps & Mounting Nuts Description 3D Model Finished Product 4. Waterproofing 5. Testing 6. Summary   1. Intro ...
I decided to model the information center at grand central station because it’s iconic, a daily sight for many and beautiful. Although this may seem complicated, I'm going to show you how using some key tools for this project can be easy!   For this project I’m going to try to get some measurement accurate, I brought in a reference image that looked like it was a straight shot. I realize this model won’t be exactly in proportion because the image surely has some skewing an ...
1. Introduction 2. Idea & Plan 3. Design Switch & Spring Choice Top Body Bottom Plate 4. Finished Button 5. Comparing to the V1.0 6. Summary   1. Introduction     Hi! This will be a follow up blog to my first big button blog Custom Big Button V1.0 . In that blog I wrote about how I designed and printed out of PLA a big mechanical button which would use a small button inside for the electrical connection. The button turned ...
How to organize this --->   Are you ever rummaging around on your dresser to find a clip, collar stay, spare coins…? I am normally very unorganized and this one part of my day was driving me crazy so I tried being more organized and put a basket there to collect it all. Soon I collected too much stuff and I kept having to rummage through the basket to find what I’m looking for that always manages to be at the bottom. It got super frustrating and I started googling organizat ...
Making a replica is really quite easy when using a really cool feature where you can add an image to your workspace. You can use this as a reference, trace, or even just for decoration but I imagine that would get distracting. Go to view, reference image and add an image from your computer or download one from online. By default it will be added to the center of your workspace, along with most things you drop into SelfCAD.For tracing, this will be really helpful, however, if you want it as a ref ...
1. Introduction 2. Idea 3. Design Button Top Body Bottom Plate Nut 4. Finished Button 5. Additional Tools Wrench Template 6. Summary   1. Introduction     Hi! For an upcoming project I want to make a control box which will have a few buttons, an encoder and a 16x2 LCD or an Arduino touchscreen. I can get small and medium sized buttons here from a few places, but anything else is either really expensive or hard to find in my ...

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