CNC Routers Versus 3-D Printers: What You Need To Know

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to creative industrial technologies, nothing has generated more buzz and interest than the 3-D printer. This is due in large part to the fact that there is nothing like it. You can build a prototype or new object from scratch with a digital file. However, another just as viable and perhaps easier to use alternative is a CNC router machine. In order to understand the differences between the two, you need to explore the key elements that distinguish the two options. Then you can make the right decision for your needs.  Addition Or Subtraction These two devices use different methods to achieve similar results. When you use a CNC router machine, you are subtracting from an existing material to create the object you desire. In other words, you have a block of plastic, metal, or wood, and you cut pieces away to create something new. In this way you are subtracting materials from the equation.  On the other hand, when you use a 3-D printer you are basically creating something out of nothing. There is no existing object that you are cutting away from. Instead, you have a printer that houses fibers and filaments that it uses to build a new object from scratch. Because of this, 3-D printing is considered to be an additive process.  Size and Scope When choosing between a CNC router and a 3-D printer, you need to consider the size and scope of your project. Because 3-D printers are so new to the market, they are still limited in the size of what the can produce.  If you are working with anything larger than about four cubic feet, you will be hard-pressed to find a 3-D printer that can accommodate the job. So, if size is an issue, the CNC router would likely be a better choice for you.  Additionally, if you are looking to produce a large number of copies of the same product, the CNC router machine is your best option. It works faster and can handle higher volume projects. A 3-D printer is good for making individual pieces or early prototypes but is not particularly adept to mass production.  Computer Technology The one major aspect that CNC routers and 3-D printers do have in common is their use of computer technology in their product generation. Both allow you to generate your designs on the computer and create a digital file from which to build your new product. Using this computer technology allows you to tweak and alter your design as much as you want before you ever start building or cutting. When it comes to choosing between CNC routers, like from Machinery Masters Corp LLC, and 3-D printers, you need...

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Imagining The Unimaginable: Running Out Of Water

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Water is one of the world’s most abundant materials and makes up more than 70 percent of an adult’s body composition, and it covers more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface. It is estimated there is more than a total of 326 million cubic miles of water in and on the earth. Yet, in spite of this great abundance, less than 0.3 percent of this water is available for humans to use. This is the reason understanding the severity of the current and future potential for a catastrophic water shortage is important to all people. Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink This quote from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” deals with an isolated instance of being surrounded by unusable water. Unfortunately, it is a circumstance that affects more than 1.2 billion individuals around the globe every day. These people live their lives in constant threat of disease, undernourishment, and death from a lack of clean, potable water. Ironically, it is the great quantity of water that makes it so difficult for most of the world to understand its scarcity. It is even more difficult to anticipate the looming water shortages so many knowledgeable experts predict. Unfortunately for those billion plus men, women and children, the shortage is already a life-threatening problem today. The crisis is so real, the United Nations Development Programme reports that more people die each year due to unclean water and inadequate sanitation than all deaths from war and guns. A Problem of Supply The reality of these statistics point not to an issue of the existence of sufficient clean water, it is more a problem of supply and access. Even in the developed countries of the world, the infrastructure that delivers clean water is in a severe state of deterioration. While many countries have never had access to adequate supplies of drinkable water, others are facing the loss of existing supplies due to old and inefficient systems. According to Business Insider, it is estimated by the American Society of Engineers that at least $255 billion must be spent in the United States alone over just the next 5 years to deal with infrastructure problems. Less than half of that amount is currently budgeted to replace century-old pipes, install new centrifugal pumps, and add new water transport capabilities. As the issue of clean water occupies a greater part of the global conscience, it will take some of mankind’s most imaginative minds and inconceivable levels of investment to deal with this vital...

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Emergency Generator Safety

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our society is more dependent on electricity than ever before.  What happens when the power doesn’t work?  The batteries in your portable devices might hold for a few hours, but they will eventually fail with no way to recharge them.  When emergencies occur, it is nice to have a backup power source.  However, using an emergency generator to power your home can be dangerous unless proper safety precautions are taken.  Proper Connection Improper installation of a generator can lead to injury or property damage.  When using an emergency generator, be sure to disconnect the main power lines at the breaker box.  Otherwise, a situation known as “back feeding” can occur.  Power from the generator can be sent back through the power grid, and the workers trying to restore power can be seriously injured.  Likewise, if power is restored while a generator is still connected to power lines, a surge of electricity can be sent through the generator into your home and cause significant property damage.  It is best to have a certified electrician install a backup generator to ensure it is done correctly.  Avoid Fumes Never use a portable generator inside.  Fumes from the generator’s exhaust cause carbon monoxide buildup, leading to serious illness or death.  Keep a running generator outdoors far enough away so that exhaust cannot enter the home through open doors or windows.  Carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled so it is essential that you prevent it from accumulating.  A carbon monoxide detector can alert you to potential buildup.   Keep Dry Electricity and water can be a deadly combination.  Use your generator on a dry surface under a canopy to prevent it from getting wet.  Also, be sure to dry your hands completely before operating the machine.  Fuel Safety Most emergency generators use gasoline.  Follow safety precautions when storing and using the fuel for your machine.  Store gasoline in a dry, well-ventilated area, and only use proper storage containers.  When refueling your generator, it is best to turn it off and let it cool down first.  Spilling gasoline on a hot engine can spark a fire.  Keep a fire extinguisher near the generator in case of fire.  Proper Load Do not overload your generator.  Know the output limits of your generator and keep your usage below that limit.  In many cases, the generator is protected from overloading, but the attached devices are not. Using too much power for the machine can cause permanent damage to your electronics and appliances.  Extension Cords Like your generator, extension cords are only rated to carry a certain amount of power.  It is best to plug appliances into the generator directly.  If you must use an extension cord, make sure...

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