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  1. Well here in lies the problem, once you have a printer, you will find your needs explode, as you will start seeing needs everywhere. But the process usually only goes in 2 ways. More often or not it will go the easy way, as there is a huge community online for 3D models, ranging from the everyday use, such as flower pots and cellphone covers, to more one off things from other people working with raspberry systems. One of the biggest is https://www.thingiverse.com/. From there you can download the file as STL and it will automatically open the printers software. There you just need to tell it what material you want to use and what quality you want it in. Then copy the file to the printer and wait. It really is simple. The not simple way is if no one has the same need as you, which is rare. In that case, you will need a one off. Because I have a lot of experience in 3D modeling, I sometimes take this route, simply because I can and because I already own Lightwave 3D. I dont recommend this software as it is very expensive and requires years of learning. But there is a ton of other free software like Tinkercad from Autodesk Tinkercad | Create 3D digital designs with online CAD | Tinkercad. And others that you can try for free. Such as Autocad"s Revit. More often than not, you can simply edit others designs in Tinkercad to suit your needs. As they are free for personal use. 3D printing will be in everyone's future at some point, simply because it is becoming easier to use everyday and because it is the most environmentally friendly thing a person can do.
  2. The pursuit of a better mouse trap is what moves us all forward. So good on you, as I was hoping to see more of this here. Ideas from people to inspire. But that's awesome, I am not sure if you would benefit from a 3D printer, but also can see where it could help. Mine is not used as much as it should be, so if you need a quick print, feel free to ask. That way you can see if its worth the investment for you. Until then keep creating.
  3. Nice, that's some great out of the box thinking. 3D printing is barely a hobby, as most of the time its simply downloading a file and printing, not much skill required. But I have to admit the Raspberry Pi system is very interesting and opens a lot of possibilities. Was this your only project? or are you planning more?
  4. Unfortunately, I dont know much about Raspberry Pi. But its still pretty cool that you are and able to find ways to get your project done. As it takes a lot of ingenuity and courage to try new things. I say courage as there is a lot of people that discourage independent thinkers and if you are experimenting with Raspberry, you probably are one. So my hats off to you. It sucks that you were unable to get a part done, but you are pretty much into prototyping, which has a very high failure rate. Even when you know exactly what you want. I probably build and test 6-10 copies before 1 works. That's why it was just easier to buy the printer, as I expected there would be countless revisions. But what alternative did you use?
  5. Oh I forgot to ask, did you eventually find the part?
  6. This just a hobby for me, it gives me a break from coding. In the future I might decide to start a business here, but for now I already have a business venture on the go and have an income. But I appreciate the advise. I think 3D printing could do very well for people here, as 3D printers are cheap now and not that difficult to use. Less than $300. Plus a lot of models can be found online for free. Its only difficult if you need a custom model. For instance, I am printing off a popsicle mold for the kids.
  7. Sounds good. 3D printing is very good for several reasons. 1 its very good for the environment, as the amount of plastic products we buy is crazy, so its not only reducing the shipping needed, but also eliminates tons of packaging. 2 its much more convenient. As I know I can but most products online and have it shipped fairly cheaply, but I can not only print at a fraction of the cost, but I can print it faster than I can have it shipped. 3 I often need things I simply cant find, so I can jump into an AutoCAD program and quickly design exactly what I need. For instance, I needed a tamper resistant cover plate specific to this house and within 2 hours I had it printed. I also have to admit I love designing things, so if you need help, just let me know, as I can generally create a 3D model from just a picture, as that's all I normally can find.
  8. I know my subjects have been controversial so I have agreed to tone down things with the moderators. With that in mind I will keep it to just questions with milder themes. One is that I found is that some of the products I like, I cant find here, and found its easier to 3D print them. So I am sure I am not the only one with a 3D printer and hoping we can share models and ideas. So far I have models for a folding mop, Milk jug, Hydro cover, and other small items I find helpful. Anyone else ? As it takes time to build models so I am hoping that we can save each other time by sharing.
  9. I am sure you find that as a witty response. But as a super advanced user, dont you think it would be more helpful to provide feed back that is somewhat constructive? Or is your disdain for your fellow human beings so strong that you refuse to see that your actions are more harmful than helpful. I am a helpless optimistic and would like to see this site thrive. But the more I interact with this site, the less optimistic I get. If you truly believe this site is good enough, then try and be part of what makes it good, because the last comment isn't a good reflection of this site.
  10. I was asked a question and responded, which I felt was expected. But you should understand, these type of comments do absolutely nothing to me as I really just dont care enough for them to bother me. But what you and others are really doing is harming this site itself, as you are discouraging others from joining or participating in the conversation in fear of people attacking them. So if you think you are doing any good, I can assure you, you are not. Because, if it wasn't for people making this site toxic, I wouldn't feel the need to create another.
  11. Yes in a way it has to operate as a business to some extent. But I am not sure it would be a viable one, at least not for me. If there is some one here that can make it viable, then I will turn it over to them. As I already have a viable business that I think has promise, but it is targeted to the US and Canadian markets. With manufacturing here in Mexico. This is my fist priority. The website would have to small of a market to be of any use to me as the other project has more market potential with projected profits in the 3-4 million range. The truth is I came here to bring the other project to the ready for market stage and just finished building prototypes and testing. But to be completely honest, This is where my skillset ends. As a business person, I can handle companies of a certain size. But after that, I will probably be better off handing it off to someone with more business experience than I. As I am good at developing ideas, but I probably have abandon development on projects that probably were good but just dont fit my idea of a good business model. With that business I will probably be looking for a business consultant, but the website is just a curiosity project for me.
  12. True enough, but it’s a not for profit venture, so it might be hard to justify the additional cost. As it’s easy to justify the tech as it can be used elsewhere. But a business consultant would definitely turn this into a business venture. Not sure if that would benefit anyone.
  13. you have to love comments like this, it really shows who the contributors are. I am all for intellectual debate, but this falls extremely short of that expectation. Look if your comments are just "go away", "blah blah blah" I am curious as to how you believe you are actually contributing. Because if that's all you have to offer then maybe you should let the adults talk instead.
  14. Recently Virgo Lady made a comment or posed a question ? not really sure. But I felt the question was valid and deserved a response.it was " Well the website will take some time as the intent is not to duplicate anything here as I think that this site serves its purpose. But the other site is to provide real-time information from authoritative sources. Such as covid news, power disruption, and relevant news that directly affects everyday life. Plus contain articles from professionals about things we can use on a day to day basis. Such as information on data roaming and how to avoid large roaming charges. To clarify, this information will be provided by professionals in that field, not people giving opinions. Because information here seems to be fragmented amongst various site such as multiple governmental departments, we are trying to integrate API"s that will leverage IBM's Watsons AI/Machine Learning to gather and disseminate the information into a simplified display. Alone with this and other openAI projects, I am hoping that the website will be able to provide relevant information to each user based on their location and preferences. Because of the complexity of the tech used it will take several months to develop and test the API"s. So dont expect anything soon. As far as I am concern and my relevant experience. I have been trained in Satellite and data communications including cryptography and internet security. I have received training and worked with both foreign and domestic governments in those areas. Along with this, I have worked integrating those technologies in other industries, such as Green Energy sector, and global telecommunication. Unfortunately with the rapidly development of AI and machine learning, most of my training is now redundant and currently engaged in research and development into new markets, which is why I am currently in Mexico. Currently just finished up on a project to develop new tools using 3D printing and awaiting for the covid situation to improve so I can move it into the marketing stage in the US. So that is where I am and now that I have responded as I felt I should, I am going back to utilizing my skillset where its probably best served like finding a good solution to everyday problems like data roaming and data collection. As far as Vigo Lady is concerned, I am sure you are a very nice person and look forward to seeing you forwarding the conversation.
  15. Sounds like some one is upset because they were called out on their own BS. I already said the site was not up and running. But its nice to see the lengths some people will go just to discredit another user. So instead of just trying to attack me personally, why dont you just try and add to the conversation. You never know, you might like it. Just saying. Otherwise, just take a seat back and let the people with pertinent knowledge time to answer the questions, As that's what I am planning from now on. Yes I know that I probably should just let it slide, but it was a blatant attack, not even an attempt to vail it as constructive.
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