The Big Think

January 3, 2011

MakerBot Update

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 5:30 pm

Reference this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

I deposited some Christmas money to the account (thanks, folks!) and made my normal $50 monthly savings payment as well. Total amount in the ING account is $200. 23 months to go! I’ve also become intrigued by the possibility of getting the LumenLabs MicRoCNC bot instead. The MicRo has is a high quality (aluminum and HDPE) machine that does CNC cutting. They’re working on adapting the Thing-O-Matic’s extrusion nozzle as well as a high output laser cutter to the system. These different mechanisms would be interchangeable so that you could cut wood or non-ferrous metals with the milling tool, cut precision parts with the laser, or extrude Thing-O-Matic style with the plastic extrusion head. It’s a 3-in-one machine that uses the same .stl files, has a larger print area (but shorter z-axis), and is made from industrial aluminum instead of laser printed 1/4″ ply. This is one of the reasons I’m giving the whole technological area some shakeout time instead of rushing out to buy a unit right now. The next two years should be very exciting.

Paging PeeWee Herman

Filed under: Movies,Woodworking — jasony @ 5:12 pm

The new Grizzly Tools catalog is here! The new Grizzly Tools catalog is here!

Good News on the Cancer Front

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 12:54 pm

“A blood test so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones is moving one step closer to being available at your doctor’s office.”

Hope it’s true and not just more hype. Early detection remains the %1 way to successfully treat cancers. Of course, I wonder how many false-positives this will generate since our bodies are more or less always creating cancer cells (random mutations) and dealing with them before they become a problem. Should be interesting.

Whole article here.

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