3 Crucial Steps Before You Manufacture Your Product

Once your idea is complete on paper, what are the next steps for creating a functional prototype and commercial product?

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Review: PRO4824 Is a Totally Modular, Customizable CNC Router

The PRO4824 is a modular, expandable system that is more than capable and competitively priced. You will have to buy more parts though.

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We Need More Repair Cafés

Repair cafés around the world offer guidance in repairing the broken tech in your life.

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Maker Pro News: Is AirBnB the Future of Manufacturing?

Distributed manufacturing could be a game changer. Plus, the benefits of chowing down on bugs, highlights from Maker Faire Miami, and more!

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5 Pollutants You Didn't Know Existed in Your Tap Water

Pollutants in Tap Water

You wake up in the middle of the night and wander into the kitchen for a drink of water. Like most people, you give no thought to the water coming out of the tap or white might be hiding in it. The fact is your community's water is probably supplied, at least in part, by streams, lakes and reservoirs that are open to the air or by groundwater that is susceptible to contamination from many sources. Here are a few things that you might not have known were in your last glass of water.

Hard Metals

Metals like magnesium and calcium can be dissolved in your water to give it that "hardness" that leaves stains on clothing and the kitchen and bath fixtures in your home. If it is left unchecked it can damage the waterlines and lead to flooding, mold and mildew damage.

Human and Animal Waste

This can be a problem for people that live in rural communities where farm runoff can get into the groundwater. The waste particulates can become suspended in the water and cause health problems for your family.

Heavy Metals

These differ from hard metals in that they can poison you and your family. Lead, arsenic and cadmium, among others, can get into your water by leaching from the surrounding...

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Why Should Your Home's Windows Be Tinted?

Tinted vs Not Tinted Windows

Owning a home is expensive enough as it is; upkeep can be difficult and people's priorities can feel scrambled when they are faced with several necessary improvements or upgrades that cost tons of hard-earned money. Even beautiful, new homes could always benefit from certain improvements. Commercials, magazines, and the amazing house down the block constantly push people to improve their homes with similar dedication to optimistic self-improvement. New paint jobs, new furniture, better shrubbery, crown molding, de-rusting fixtures, upgrading lighting--the list of home improvements never ends.

So why tint windows, then? What makes this upgrade to a home important? Why should it take priority over other home improvement needs? Most homeowners cannot simply flick their wrists and, within a single month, improve just about every aspect of a home at once.

However, a single upgrade can in fact improve multiple aspects of a home at once. These are 5 ways that tinting, above any other home improvement project, causes a cascade of important and beautiful effects on a home.

1. Tinting Protects Inhabitants

Part of the UV rays that make extended exposure to direct sunlight highly...

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Solar Attic Fans Versus Electrical Attic Fans

Solar vs Electric Attic Fans

Now that summer is here, have you visited your attic lately?

What? You say it’s too hot up there?

Excess heat in your attic is actually an excellent reason to venture up the attic steps. That is, in order to install an attic fan, or Power Attic Ventilator (PAV).

Why install an attic fan?

In the summer, the sun’s heat on your roof radiates into your attic, and can raise its temperature to over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Needless to say, this bakes everything in your attic and can damage valuable stored items. The extra heat also radiates into your home, making your A/C run overtime. In a case like this, the passive ventilation from your roof soffits isn’t enough. An attic fan is needed to actively vent the excess heat.

Attic fans can also help in winter. In cool weather, the heat differential between the warm inside air and the cold outside air can cause moisture to condense in the attic. This can lead to serious problems, including rotting trusses and joists, mold growth, dangerous ice dams and damaged insulation. The additional ventilation that a PAV provides helps prevent these problems.

Two types of PAVs: solar versus electric attic fans

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10 Tips to Simplify the Big Move

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Moving industry insiders have a secret they don’t want you to know. It’s called the “full-service move hack.”

It’s a way for you to afford whatever help you need to make your move easy – yes, easy. And you don’t even have to hire one of those really expensive full-service moving companies. While they do everything short of carrying you out on a couch, that means they’ll be charging an arm + a leg + rights to your future first born child.

Since you most likely want to keep your baby and some of your money, here’s how to hack your move so even though you’re “moving yourself” you don’t lift a thing - and, most importantly, you’re still keeping costs down:

1. Go hybrid.

It’s not what you think. Going hybrid means combining elements of DIY moving with the benefits of hiring professional movers. You gather your friends and family, who are willing to pitch in (DIY), and then hire moving labor just to do the heavy lifting (movers). Thanks to the beauty of the world-wide-web, you can now find and book move help online through a number of moving labor marketplaces. When the moving crew you hire arrives you can assign them to pack and load everything or just have them load the heavy...

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How To Recover From A Bathroom Design Disaster

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Whether it’s a shady contractor, an accidental hole in the wall or even a shocking shade of pink – a design disaster can (and probably will) affect us all.

And a design disaster in the bathroom can mean serious trouble. Renovating a bathroom or kitchen are two of the most costly projects in the home so if it all goes wrong, you’ll need an escape plan. And quickly.

Problem 1: You don’t like something once it’s in place

If you’ve budgeted carefully then you may have enough money left over to purchase something else more to your taste. Obviously, this isn’t ideal but if you feel like you hate it so much that you absolutely, positively can’t live with it – it may be your only choice. It’s better to do it now than at a later stage.

Due to the large costs involved in fittings and furniture and if like, most, you don’t have enough spare cash to get something else then you will have to finish the job. If it’s the colour you dislike then paint the wall in a shade closely related to the tones of the furniture to compliment the look and add colourful accessories or introduce a feature colour to brighten it up.

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Tips to Avoid Outdated Home Improvement

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Let’s face it, no matter how much you would like your home to look like it is worth a million bucks, the sad reality is you most likely live on a budget. This being said though does not exempt you from being able to create an aesthetically beautiful home.

It seems too foolish to mention home improvement and be able to confidently say that you expertly know what to do. Honestly there are a lot of considerable ways to be able to recreate a wonderful home but you have to make sure to follow a path of creativity and at least have a pair of (or more) helpful hands ready to work with you.

Stick With the Basics

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There are a good number of people who tend to become overwhelmed with the idea of home improvement, so much so that they think the more design elements they work with the better looking their home turns out. Truth be told, the exact opposite which is to keep things simple, is what you really need to work with first.

If you are unsure of what particular patterns and color combinations look good together go for furniture that are plain and have one general color. Keep the decorations and designs to a minimum and work your way to more...

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6 Projects We’re Excited for at Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

Makers and creators of all sorts from all over Scotland will show off their projects and creations at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.

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OpenAPS Offers Open Source Tools for Diabetes Management

OpenAPS allows a person to use data from their CGM with a small computer to adjust the insulin being delivered through a pump.

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Filament Friday: Taulman3D T-Glase

This Friday's filament is PET. When used in a 3D printer, PET is both strong and food safe and can be made optically clear.

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5 Labs That Use 3D Printing for Biohacking Projects

When it comes to fabricating with cells, these groups are leading the charge with DIY bioprinters and innovative methods.

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6 Methods of Plugging Pocket Holes

Who knew there were so many methods for filling and plugging pocket holes?

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We Love These Tiny Embroidered Skeletons

Artist Britt Hutchinson (Tiny Cup Needleworks) has amassed quite the following with her charmingly teeny tiny embroidery.

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