Web-based discussion groups are growing in popularity among engineers looking for not just information, but informed opinion to go along with it. The Fluid Power Society hosts one of the more lively discussion boards on fluid power that we've found on the web. Check out http://admin.ifps.org/wwwboard.html, where you'll find recent postings on ASME training, a hydraulic-powered bush hog, and biodegradable hydraulic oil, to name just a few topics covered.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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