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3D Print Your Own Personal Electronics

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Cadman-LT   4/10/2013 10:10:02 AM
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tekochip,

 

 It is a benefit so long as people still realize they need some engineering background. The flaw comes in when kids think why do I need to go to school for engineering when the computer does all the work for me.

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Cadman-LT   4/10/2013 10:18:01 AM
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When I was growing up computers were in their infancy. Nowadays kids grow up with all of this technology....which is a good thing.....I just hope they still want to learn the fundamentals is all.  

    

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Cadman-LT   4/11/2013 3:27:12 AM
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Ann, could you please post a few links for me as far as 3D printers goes. I sure would appreciate it. Thanks!

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Cadman-LT   4/11/2013 3:29:17 AM
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Ann, I know I can google it, but you know more about it than I do. I'm just looking for some good leads on purchasing. 

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Ann R. Thryft   4/11/2013 1:17:38 PM
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Cadman, there are so many different 3D printers for so many different applications and material sets, that it would take me about as long as it would take you to create a list--probably longer, since I don't know what you're looking for. I suggest you search on 3D printing/printers on the DN website. We have tons of articles about lots of printers and uses.

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mrdon   4/19/2013 4:09:47 PM
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Cadman-LT, I agree. I tell my Electrical Engineering Tech students just because you punch a bunch a numbers into a calculator and press the enter key doesn't necessarily give you the correct the answer. The potential answer needs to be checked against the original problem for proper validation.

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Cadman-LT   5/13/2013 1:28:26 PM
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Ann, good point. My first deciding factor HAS to be material....go from there. Also, there used to be only a few manufacturers, but now everyone is getting in the market. I see that as a good thing though as prices are dropping.

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Cadman-LT   5/13/2013 2:03:22 PM
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mrdon, I was wondering something that maybe you can answer for me...being a teacher. Years ago I borrowed some books from a network engineer. Basically they were about policies and directories. Everything I read was stuff I knew....not from books...it's just the way I taught myself. It just made sense to do things that way. I just couldn't understand why someone would have to read a book to know this. So my question is, do some people seem to understand tech better than others? What I read...to me...was common sense...but they had to write these books for a reason. Maybe it's like math, some people just "get it" and some don't.

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mrdon   5/14/2013 12:09:03 AM
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Cadman-LT, What I found out in teaching engineering and technology to students is basically some folks have the ability to see complex subjects (ie math), thereby grasping the subject matter with little effort. Then, there are folks who learn by rote method requiring constant practice of the subject matter using reading and self-quizzing techniques for material retention. Last, there are folks who learn by building (tactile) stuff for visualizing the solution to the problem.

Belief it or not, Common Sense is not common in our society. One of the key elements to teaching is to relate the subject to the students' personal experiences. The result of this engagement technique is to allow learning the material  through self discovery facilitated by the educator. The challenge for an educator is being able  to make a quick assessment of the students in the classroom and to engage them based on some of the learning modes mention. I teach 4-1/2 blocks of electronics engineering tech courses and believe me, its educational entertainment at its finest! Hope I answered your question.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/14/2013 12:07:18 PM
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Cadman-LT, decision making will get even more complicated when third-party materials suppliers begin emerging, as Lux Research predicts is likely:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=262205



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