The Future of 3D Printing

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Many new technologies are beyond the reach of consumer users in their first few years, usually because they cost too much for home users and also until a dominant format of the technology is established. This has been seen recently in the competition between Blu-Ray and HD DVD, which of course Blu-Ray has won and HD DVD failed to thrive.



3D printers have been in commercial use for a few years now and are just starting to filter into home use. In this blog post we will take a look at what 3D Printing is and how 3D Printing can be used, both commercially and in the home.

What is 3D printing? 
3D printers work in a very similar manner to a standard ink-jet printer that we use to print documents and photographs. Just like an ink-jet printer, a 3D printer has a print head which moves back and forth but instead of spraying ink, it sprays a plastic resin in a very thin layer. The print head moves repeatedly over the same area adding new layers on top of those already sprayed. Gradually, over a number of hours, a 3D model emerges.

Just like a standard ink-jet printer, a 3D printer is attached to a computer which sends the 3D design to the printer as a print job. The design is made in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software which translates the design on the screen into the x,y and z co-ordinates required by the printer to create the physical model.

There are many types of plastic that can be used by 3D printers including ABS, Nylon, glass filled Polyamide and Epoxy resins. This means that the 3D models can be very versatile, made in materials that are suitable for many uses and applications.

If you’d like to see a 3D printer in action, (and why wouldn’t you?) we recommend you watch this short, informative video by Boom Live on youTube.

Commercial uses of 3D Printing
The 3D printers used in commercial settings are often of a larger size than those that are currently available to the home market. As you might have noted earlier, even a small 3D printed model can take several hours to build. This means that 3D printing isn’t a process that can be used for mass production.

Despite its limitations in the time to produce each model, 3D printing can be used in the product development phase of production. Prototypes are often used when new products are in development. The prototypes are scale models that can help the designer find any flaws or weaknesses in their design before mass production.

Although 3D printing could potentially allow product designers to build early prototypes for themselves, the process of product prototyping is a very complex one that is usually carried out by companies such as Prototype Projects. Prototyping specialists such as Prototype Projects have experience in product development, materials use, engineering and the safety legislation which governs many products.

Other than product prototyping 3D printing is currently being rapidly adopted by the medical profession to produce things such as prosthetic limbs, and even models of a patients’ internal organs. The models are produced from 3D MRI scans of the patient, so they are exact copy and unique to each patient. This latter use of 3D printing allows surgeons to get a good look at the organs of a patient before they carry out major surgery.

3D Printing at home
Perhaps the biggest limitation to home use of 3D printers is the complexity of using the CAD software required to design a model. There’s a very steep learning curve for new users of CAD software. Even so, this doesn’t mean that 3D printing won’t be adopted by many home users.

There are already websites where users can download designs to print at home on their 3D printers. 3D printing opens up a new commercial channel for skilled CAD designers who can put their designs to market for home users to create on their printers.

In the future is seems highly likely that we will be able to repair or upgrade our household items by buying the design to print off the parts. If you’re struggling to see how this could be useful, imagine breaking the knob on your kitchen cooker. Rather than having to call out an engineer to replace it, you could simply download the design and print off a new one.

It is predicted that manufacturers of all kinds of products will adapt their future product designs to allow users to upgrade and replace simple parts with home 3D printing. This might seem like a bad commercial decision however, it would allow manufacturers to cut down on the spare parts they need to keep in stock for older generation products. They will also be able to charge a fee for the download of the designs and limit the number of times the document can be printed to prevent piracy.

What next for 3D Printing?
There are so many possible uses for 3D printing that it is very difficult to predict with any accuracy where the future of 3D printing will go. At present there are developments for printers that can print with materials such as titanium, steel, wax and polycarbonates. Owing to the temperatures that some of these materials need to be heated to prior to printing, it is unlikely that all of them will make it to the home market. It does however mean that in the future, intricate models and products can be manufactured cheaply and easily.

As technology writers, we’re constantly examining new ideas and technologies as they emerge, so we’re not easily ‘wowed’ by the latest innovation - that is until 3D printing came along. We’re genuinely excited by the possibilities of 3D printing and will be keeping a keen eye on developments in 3D printing.

If you’re an early adopter of 3D printing and would like to share your experience of printing out your  own designs or purchased templates, please leave us a comment here on the blog. We’d love to hear from you and about the printing projects you are attempting.

Why IT Saves Time And Money To Outsource Your It Department

Monday, 14 December 2015

There was a time when a business could hire a single IT manager for your company and he and a few employees in his department could keep your business up and running. But times and changed and technology is so advanced that companies who do their own IT work have huge departments of highly trained and well paid tech experts.



There is little your computer cannot do for you, but sometimes IT employees take it beyond what is needed at a cost that is astronomical to the business. There is the constant education needed to keep your employees current and usually there is travel involved at company expense. In short order your little company has a huge and expensive department that the company must fund.

Luckily for you, there is a better option. Outsourcing your IT needs has become the norm in companies of any size. Here is why:

Cost

Instead of paying salary and benefits for highly skilled and trained employees, you pay a nominal monthly fee. Instead of having several people traveling and working on various IT projects; you have one point of contact. It is rare that any small business has the staff for IT that an outsourcing company does. Just as you pour your money into sales, they pour their money into having the staff you need when you need it. This arrangement works well for both parties.
IT companies have the expertise and employees in place to take care of all your IT needs. They also have more than one company to service. So the expenses of hiring and maintaining staff is done by them and paid for from their profits, instead of yours. The expense in essence is shared by the companies that choose to do business with that group.

Remote Support / telephone support

Computers have a way of going down when you are away from the office. Whether you are in a hotel across the country or on a cruise across the globe, your outsourced IT department can have you up and running in no time. Most IT support teams are available to clients around the clock. You have the freedom to run your business and your life without the worry of your system going down.

On-site issues

Nothing is more frustrating than having on site issues. Suddenly the computer is not processing orders, cutting checks, or responding. If you outsource the expert comes to you. They understand time is money and it is YOUR money. They will send a skilled trouble shooting team to your location to take care of any issues.

Efficiency

It is your company. You are the brains, and you are the backbone. It is your dedication and hard work that created the business. But you are still only one person. You cannot run the company, lead the sales team, oversee inventory and balance the books and take care of technical issues at the same time. Technical issues do not make appointments. They happen usually in the peak of your business. If you stop everything to fix the much needed system, no one is doing those key responsibilities that create business and ensure paychecks.

You save money on the staff, equipment, and support and you manage it all with a monthly fee. It simply makes good business sense. Let an IT outsourcing company handle the computer issues and you put your energy into what matters most and that is a good bottom line.

Credit Card Processing Is A Key To Successful Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Credit card is actually a payment card issued to users also called cardholders as a way of payment. The issuer of card in this case always the bank create an account or a revolving account grants a line of credit to user from this credit user can borrow money for payment when he buy something to the merchant which are usually shops. There are various kind of card like charge card that require the balance (spouse amount of money the things have that you buy) to be repaid in full amount at the end of every month. The difference charge card and regular credit is that credit cards allow the customers a continuing balance of debt that is of course subject to interest being charged.


Size of a credit card:

the size most of credit cards have are 85.7 mm × 54.0 mm this size of card is conforming to the ISO/IEC 7810 ID-1 standard.

Credit card processing:

First data can provide you more information on the credit card processing. These machines do various tasks for us like read information from our card and check our account. Then pay this person from whom you buy goods by putting money in his account.

Major credit card companies:

Visa credit card:

visa is the largest credit card company in the world visa card purchase volume in United States alone is 1.2 trillion dollar per year. There are some 304 million visa credit cards in the circulation in just United States of America outside of USA in the rest of the world 545 million visa credit cards are in circulation this data is made in 2014. So as of now visa cards are in majority of pockets.

Master card:

Master card is second in line to visa card in the credit card business in the United States credit purchase volume of master credit card is 607 billion dollar per year. The circulation of Master credit card in the United States of America is 191 million and 576 million cards are in circulation in the rest of the world.

American express:

American express is third in the business of credit cards and its purchase volume was 668 billion dollar in 2014. Circulation of American express in USA is 54.9 million and in the rest of the world 57.3 million cards are in circulation.

Why Use Online Project Management Software? Major Reasons To Justify The Use

Friday, 13 November 2015

Online software taking care of the project management can make the project managers and teams more confident, productive, and efficient in accomplishing and delivering projects on time. There are many challenges faced by managers and teams when multiple projects are lined with limited resources and timeline. Online software help in simplifying the task, read below to find out how.
Current trends in Project management
Current trends in market reflect that organizations are now moving towards digital and web based software and programs to track business process and store information about vendors and tasks. But there are still many businesses and organizations that insist on using desktop apps for PM and are hesitant to utilize web based solutions. Project management is still considered a disciplined in it is initial phase and is expected to mature over time. This discipline has been expanding rapidly and almost every industry in today’s times makes use of PM to deliver services to clients and vendors. Some organizations believe that it is foolish to spend money over purchasing software and rely on the abilities of the project manager and his team. However there are challenges faced by managers that hinder their ability to deliver projects on time and create a lot of chaos within organizations. Innovative online project management software simplifies the business processes and help managers tackle the challenges in efficient ways. 
Challenges faced by project managers
Major challenges faced by project managers include spending lots of time in accessing information, organizing and updating schedules, looking for required documents and files, sharing important project related information, and difficulty to keep track of the tasks and vendors. These challenges are better confronted with authentic PM software and managers can take a sigh of relief as things can be tracked and executed with few clicks.
Advantages of web based project management software
Online web based project management software allows the team to focus on one system for handling all projects, files, resources, material supplies, and communication. Web based PM software enhance the team members’ ability by allowing them to create, access, alter, and update the schedules and task via different browsers from anywhere in the world. Such software assigns tasks automatically and lets the managers keep track of all vital tasks and resources. Online portal is created where allocation of the tasks and resources is described and managers and members can update tasks from this platform online. Instead of spending lots of time to ask members to update the tasks and schedule, team members are given the ability to update the schedule upon completion of tasks.
Online PM software allows transparency in all aspects of the project and helps the team to utilize the budget in an effective way. All low end, mid-market, and high end web based PM software have their own strengths and benefits and help organizations deliver multiple projects in a timely manner.
About the author:
Blake is an experienced project manager with years of experience in managing, organizing, and delivering projects of various kinds. His remarkable articles have helped organizations and project management teams to get online project management software at fair price. Refer to more of his articles to get more information about popular PM software.

Important Aspects You Must Know About Html5

Monday, 12 October 2015

If you are considering generating a course that will be published to the HTML5 output, then you perhaps be curious to know more about HTML5 and how it is related to your e-learning projects. Below are some of the imperative aspects you need to know about HTM5 before you get started on your next project.
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What is HTML5?

HTML which is generally known as the Hyper Text Markup Language is the prime language which was used to create web pages. This programming language has been around since the early 90s and it is constantly evolving to meet the newest requirements of the day by day increase Internet audience. An organization called as the World Wide Web Consortium has maintained the HTML standards till today.

The HTML code is presented to the users in t he form of Web pages that can be viewed via a web browser. You must be wondering about the difference between HTML and HTML5? HTML5 is nothing more than being the latest version of the basic HTML standards. This iteration offers some amazing new capabilities, like the ability to embed video and audio directly into the HTML code.

The Vital Role Of Web Browsers

The HTML code can only be viewed via browsers, which can be downloaded for free. Web browsers basically read and then transform the HTML coding into a visible web page. Some of the most commonly used Web browsers are Opera, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.

How Come The Mobile Devices Fit In?

Now, when it comes to using different Web browsers, learners basically are accessing content via varied devices, from Android devices to Mac computers and Windows tablets. Such tools have different operating systems, bandwidth capabilities, browsers, screen sizes, page orientations, image resolutions and much more. As such, they all render the HTML5 code differently.

So if you make use of a mobile device like an iPad, you will still be able to browse through the Web as you could do it using your desktop. Some of the mobile devices have browsers that are very much compatible with HTML5 a lot more than others.

HTML5 is gaining momentum in the e-learning industry; it is not a standard as yet. At this point, it is primarily used to deliver the mobile e-learning to all such devices that are not Flash-compatible. As of the early 2015, it is not commonly used for desktop learning.

HTML5 content will behave and appear differently across several devices and browsers. Therefore, it is imperative to take HTML5 training, as it makes it crucial to perform through cross-devices and cross-browsers testing.

Protect your brand with brand protection data feeds from ThreatWave [Infographic]

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Brands get abused daily – ThreatWave’s Brand Protection data feeds are used by national and global brands to identify malware, phishing attempts, spoofing, and other exploits. ThreatWave provides real-time brand protection data feeds, giving the whole picture of how your brand is being used in email – importantly looking beyond your own domains to find abuse in cousin domains and unrelated domains who take advantage of your brand’s integrity for their own benefit.

For more info on how we can help you identify your online threats, provide brand protection data feeds, or leverage our data for your market intelligence, please contact us at sales@threatwave.com.

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JavaScript Learning For Beginners

Thursday, 6 August 2015

JavaScript learning is not that hard as you have heard of it. It is just another language that you are about to learn. But, before you go on to learn it or download few courses of JavaScript, you need to know few basics of the language and the usage of it. If you have an experience in all the other languages related to web development then you will understand the proceedings easily. But, if you are a beginner and finding your ways to crack into the codes then it will take time.

JavaScript is not something like Flash or JQuery. It is a programming language. It is the language that your browsers understand and reply to you. You will use this language along with the other languages like HTML, CSS and PHP. It is not something that will replace these languages, it will only work with them in conjunction. You must have heard about the frameworks of JavaScript like YUI, Dojo and JQuery which is a JavaScript library and used more widely.
What you should not do?
Well, there are perceptions about the JavaScript that it is better to learn the JQuery or libraries of JavaScript before going on to JavaScript itself. It is not true. First take a good command on the JavaScript courses and learn it fully and then move to the things associated with the language. It is quite simple. When you are going to learn a language, just another language like English. You first focus on the language itself and then move to the phrases, idioms and other stuff. Firstly, you always focus on the grammar so you can speak the sentences correctly before molding them into your own choices. Same goes here. You need to learn the language and the basics of language first and then you can move to its libraries and its conjunction to other languages. It works in steps.

Learning
When you finally have the knowledge about the language and you are done with basics then go out and search for the courses which are easier to understand. Remember that the courses should be easier to understand and not filled with the words that go above your head. Always find the quick start guide if you are learning the courses online. Find the courses that offer exercise files with proper guidance so you can practice them after the learning procedure. If you are not practicing them then there is no way that you can learn such languages.
 

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