Month: August 2016

All About 3D Printing

How far can technology go? As far as one’s imagination it seems. The advancement in technology today leads many people to enjoy the convenience and ease it brings. Every year, a new technological idea is presented to the public and one of them even makes one’s dream into a reality, thanks to a machine called 3D Printer.

What is 3D Printing?

3D Printing is a process of printing an object that one can actually use. The process starts simple. One would create whatever image they want in a computer software and after scanning the image, it will then be sent to the printer that would then print it out in 3D format. Although it looks quite easy, and rightly so, there are different printers out there and depending on the needs and requirements of the person using it, may also differ in prices.

Applications

There are different applications that people may find useful using the printer. In the medical world such as, printers are used to make low-cost prosthetics. Since prosthetics are expensive, the 3D printed prosthetics are not only effective and found useful, it also cuts the cost of the original prosthetics and can be used to help amputees at home or shipped to war-torn countries. 3D printed ears, limbs and other body parts and medical equipment such as wheelchairs are now made using 3D printing machine. In some countries, researches are also ongoing with the possibility of one day using the equipment to print skins and other tissue material which can make skin grafting or skin replacement for patients faster and easier.

Another area where 3D printers are quite popular are with the kids. As kids becomes more inquisitive and curious with their surrounding and the campaign for creative awareness, these equipment are useful in helping kids image and create their own toys.

Interested in 3D Printing?

For beginners out there who are interested in creating or starting out in the industry, choosing the right equipment and materials are important especially if one is interested in making money out of it. The most popular filament for beginners is the PLA or Polylactic acid filament which is made of biodegradable and sustainable materials. Examples of companies that sells such filaments includes Proto-pasta, 3Dom USA, MakerBot and ColorFabb PLA. There are other companies out there that also offer other filament types and printers however, the companies mentioned above have ideal filaments that are suitable for beginners.

 

Guide To Find Better Mouse

Several years ago, I found myself wanting a better mouse. My computer at the time was a Mac Pro provided by my employer, and the aluminum keyboard and Mighty Mouse that came with it were downright awful. The laptop-style, low profile keyboard was terrible to type on and the mouse had a tiny ball for scrolling, which would get gummed up very easily.

At first, I simply traded them in for a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse set which I used for quite some time. It was a basic rubber dome keyboard and standard wireless optical mouse. They were okay. They worked. Ultimately, I wanted something better.

I noticed that my boss would try out other mice, but ultimately return to his old trackball. He explained that it was more ergonomic and he found it easier to use. Unfortunately, the model he used had long been discontinued and regularly sold for over $300 on eBay. Too rich for me. But I figured there must be some modern equivalents.

So I went on a search. My initial requirements were simple. It needed to cost less than $50 and I didn’t want to give up my scroll wheel, which seemed to be a commonly missing feature amongst trackball mice.

Logitech M570

My first stop was the trackball mouse everyone seems to go to when they ditch a regular mouse: the Logitech M570. It is a thumb style trackball with 3 buttons, a scroll wheel and a pair of back/forward buttons. The buttons and scroll wheel performed just like the other Logitech mice I had used. That meant the ball was the only thing I would need to get used to.

Unfortunately, this mouse has a relatively small ball that doesn’t have much weight to it. Because of this, I had difficulty moving the pointer any distance by spinning the ball. I also had quite a bit of difficulty with accuracy. The pointer seemed to jump around a bit. To be fair, I think I must have a thumb impediment. I never could get it to do what I wanted it to do. I can’t exactly blame that on the mouse. Even though I used it for over a month, I never really felt comfortable with it.

Pros:

  • Extra navigation buttons
  • Standard scroll wheel
  • Mouse buttons are operated with the usual fingers

Cons:

  • Small, lightweight ball tended to lift out of its place a bit
  • For me, movement was awkward with my thumb

Kensington Orbit with Scroll Wheel

The other mouse I tested was the Kensington Orbit with Scroll Ring which I was able to find on sale. The name is quite a mouthful. There is a previous version without a scroll ring simply called the Orbit. I’m not sure why they didn’t just rename it when they added a scroll ring. Anyway, it’s a center ball with two buttons and a scroll ring, which I thought was very intriguing. The ball is a bit bigger than the Logitech M570 and the buttons are noticeably firm.

I quickly adapted to using the trackball with my index and middle fingers, and the scroll ring seemed completely natural after the first few days. It took a short while to get accustomed to left-clicking with my thumb, which does present a bit of finger confusion if I need to use a regular mouse for some reason.

It was easy to spin the ball to bring the pointer from one end of a dual monitor setup to the other. I was able to accurately place the pointer where I wanted, and I found that I preferred the firmness of the buttons. This became my new favorite mouse after only a few days.

Pros:

  • Larger, heavier ball with smooth movement
  • Center ball that you move with your fingers (or whole hand) instead of your thumb
  • Smooth scroll ring

Cons:

  • Using your thumb for left click can result in a little finger confusion when switching to use regular mice for gaming or at another machine
  • Only the two buttons. It could use a third button or some navigation buttons

Conclusion

If I had less than $50 to spend on a trackball mouse, I would choose the Kensington Orbit with Scroll Ring. I prefer the middle ball, and the scroll ring is nice and smooth. Having only two buttons may be an issue for some people, but made little difference to me.

If, however, you prefer to operate the ball with your thumb, the Logitech M570 is an excellent choice for the price.

 

How To Choose Accessories For Your Laptop

Whether you plan to use your laptop for personal, for business or for gaming use, there are a variety of must-have accessories that can make the use of your laptop a lot easier to use, safer, and more efficient. Because the cost of the latest high-end laptop, it certainly benefits to invest a little more in the right accessories to get the very best out of your hardware. Here are five of the top accessories for your laptop:

Bag, carry case or backpack

The simplest and safest option to travel with a laptop is to invest in a dedicated bag, carry case or backpack. They can vary significantly in look and design to match the personal preference. Also, the size can vary from those that are only able to accept the laptop and bare essentials to those that are a lot more spacious and can include virtually you want to travel with including related laptop gear and office files and supplies. The preferred bag for a laptop is especially designed for travel and has a very sturdy carry handle.

Chill mat

There is no secret that laptops can easily overheat. A great piece of equipment to overcome this issue is the chill mat which is very effective at keeping the hardware cool. It simply sits under the laptop and helps to disperse heat via its built-in fans. Make sure to use the ergonomically design that makes it a lot easier to type.

Privacy screens

If you plan to use the laptop while travelling to and from work on a bus or train, you may want to look at a privacy screen to keep your personal information secure. This type filter is placed over the laptop screen and only makes it possible for the person sitting directly in front of laptop to read the documents you are working on. This means that anyone sitting next to you on the train isn’t able to see the information on-screen should they glance across.

Extended laptop battery

By replacing the standard battery that comes prepackaged with the laptop, you are able to enjoy the extended battery life that makes it possible to stay working unplugged for a lot longer while travelling. This can also be helpful if you are in a meeting that doesn’t have any spare power sockets and you wish to continue using the laptop.

Storage

Travelling with several USB sticks makes it possible to store and back up any important data. Plus, they are useful for sharing existing data, such as text files or images with colleagues. Most of the USB sticks are relatively small in size, yet still have great memory space to easily store plenty of information when on the go.

 

Why You Need Using Cooling Fan

Cooling fans are an essential competent for all types of electronics and electronic cabinets, as these items stop equipment from overheating and therefore ensure that equipment works optimally and does not suffer from any negative effects from heat damage.

With that said, it is also essential to put in place covers on your cooling fans for your electronics cabinet. Covers serve an important purpose and are therefore an important piece of kit to have installed. Currently, they come in a range of different materials including metals and plastic, ensuring that there is a cover to match each different type of fan.

Firstly, it is important to note that these fan covers can prevent damage to the fan itself. In an area that is unattended – or on the contrary is very busy – it is possible for fans to get damaged if they are left without any kind of protection. This can include certain items accidentally striking the fan when it is or is not operational.

If a fan were to become damaged, this could have negative consequences for the equipment that it is cooling and could result in costly replacements. Although fans are often made from sturdy materials, this is not always sufficient to mean that they will not break or become damaged to the point of less efficiency.

It is also important to note that the lack of a cover for your cooling fans for your electronics cabinet or other equipment can mean that damage is also more likely to occur to the electronics themselves. Although a fan can provide sufficient protection to a certain extent – especially if the fan is in operation – its efficiency as a barrier to the electronics is doubled by a fan cover.

Many fan covers take the form of aluminium spirals or plastic grids, and stop anything from striking the fan. This will therefore add an extra level of protection to all your electronics equipment too, safeguarding your expensive investments from damage.

In addition to providing protection for your equipment, another major advantage of covers for cooling fans for your electronics cabinet is that it can stop any accidents involving any other office equipment or workers.

Wires can easily become trapped in fans and therefore damaged, which can result in various severe consequences such as electrical fire or even electrocution. Covers will stop wires from being able to enter fans easily – or at all – therefore drastically reducing the risk. Indeed, installing these items can be a very reasonable precaution to take.

The covers will also stop people from injuring themselves too, as fans can all too easily hurt fingers that are touching the electronic equipment in question, Again, this can be a very reasonable step to take for any company or business owner looking to protect the health and safety of their staff.

Finally, another advantage of these fan covers is that they can be a very inexpensive insurance policy for the safety of both your electronic equipment and your staff. Many fans cover are available in bulk for very affordable prices, the cost of which far outweighs the cost of investing in new electronic equipment should it get damaged by accidents or by overheating.

These are just some of the reasons why covers for cooling fans for your electronics cabinet can be extremely beneficial. If you are considering investing in these items, it is strongly recommended to seek out a reputable supplier who will be able to advise you on the right product for your needs.

From covers for fan tray assemblies to large fan guards for large items of equipment, there is something available on the market to meet each and every need and requirement.