Category Archives: Crafts

CNC Laser Cutter / Engraver Build

I see a number of articles on the WEB about using a blue laser around 2 watts for cutting and engraving. A lot of times the laser is attached to a 3D printer. Now I have a 3D printer but … Continue reading

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3D CAD

Around about the time I got my 3D printer working I saw that the University of Iowa was offering a Senior College course “Designing and Manufacturing with Computer Modeling and 3D Printing”. That sounded useful so I signed up for … Continue reading

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3D Printer

Like all of my blog posts this article is not intended to be a how to tutorial but rather just my experience and observations in building a 3D printer. A few months ago I decided that I wanted to have … Continue reading

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Soapmaking 101

Several years ago we purchased half a beef from a local farm. Along with the meat the processor gave us several buckets of lard. The meat was quickly eaten by our family but the lard languished in the freezer until … Continue reading

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