Entries in Tools of the Trade

BuildTak Surface Sheets

Sorta weird name, but great product.

I don’t fully remember where I heard about these super-bonding build plates, but BuildTak gets the job done right the first time.


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Autodesk Fusion 360 Review

Anybody know what this thing is? Looks a bit like a Portal Gun to me...

Autodesk Fusion 360 (let’s just refer to it as “F360” from here on out because I don’t want to type that a bajillion times) jumped onto my radar in a big way a while back when they began advertising the freeness of it all for startups and hobbyists.  Making approximately negative dollars with the work on this website puts me in at least one of those categories, so I lost all excuses not to try it out.

Coming out on the other end of experience with F360, I have to say that  It. Is. Great.


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Extruder: the sequel!

If you’ve read my posts on the Drachenberry Pi or Strappy Key Chain, you’ve noticed that both of these projects use NinjaFlex SemiFlex material.  And if you’ve ever printed with this material, you’ll know that it is a double-edged sword.


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Meshmixer: Mashup Machine

It mixes all the meshes.

Who doesn’t love a good mashup?  Take two (or more) things you like, smush them together, and you may end with one EPIC thing of your own design!


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"SpaceNavigator" is such a B.A. name.

Everyone working in 3D modeling or design should have a mouse fashioned to operate within all of those dimensions.

I was unaware of this until a seasoned veteran of engineering showed me the light.


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Onshape Review

The future of CAD

So far, my experience with Onshape has been limited (because: baby), but spectacular.

For those looking for a well thought-out parametric modeling tool to make amazing things without going all-out on a professional software like  SolidWorks, PTC,or Inventor, this is it.

Did I mention that it’s free?  Yeah it is!


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