The best 3D printer and scanner gifts for makers in 2019

Fire up the 3D printer, scan a real-world model, or even carve your own custom wood gifts with the latest hands-on creative technology. Maker culture is alive and thriving, thanks to an army of creatives who love making things by hand, endless YouTube how-to videos for any project imaginable and new, lower-cost hardware for everything from 3D printing to laser cutting.  Starting last year, I got pretty deep in the weeds with 3D printers, creating everything from tabletop game accessories to smartphone stands to a sweet mini Millennium Falcon. For the 2019 holiday season, I’ve doubled down, getting into 3D scanning and even laser cutting, which lets you sculpt real-world designs from wood and leather.  These creative tools, which range from under $300 to over $3,000, are awesome gifts for a creative person in your life — or even better — they’re great for you to craft your own personalized gifts.  If you end up getting completely addicted to 3D printing your own gifts, don’t blame me. (But if you do, here’s a handy 3D printing FAQ that should answer some of your questions).  Despite the low price, this is a pretty damn full-featured 3D printer,...

Online shopping isn’t sustainable. Blame these ubiquitous plastic bags

In 2018, the healthy meal-kit service Sun Basket swapped out their recycled plastic box-liner material for Sealed Air TempGuard, a liner made of recycled paper sandwiched between two sheets of kraft paper. Fully curbside recyclable, even when wet, it allowed Sun Basket to reduce its box size by about 25 percent and reduce the carbon footprint of shipping, not to mention reduce the amount of plastic in their shipment. Customers were pleased. “Kudos to your packaging folks for coming up with this concept,” one couple wrote in. It was an admirable move toward sustainability, but the truth remains: The meal-kit industry is one of many e-commerce sectors that still rely on (a frankly astonishing amount of) plastic packaging — way more pieces than you would ever bring home from the grocery store. Normally, you might purchase one glass bottle of cumin that would last you for a few years. But in a meal kit, each teaspoon of spice and each dollop of adobo sauce comes in its own piece of plastic packaging, and this pile of plastic is repeated every single night you cook up one of their pre-packaged recipes. It’s impossible to miss. Sun Basket, despite its earnest attempts to improve its e...

Graduating Secured Credit Cards to Full Featured Products

In Mercator Advisory Group’s research on secured cards, we noted how the market changed since the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act) eliminated a series of unfair practices. Before the regulation, the market was filled with hard money lenders who took advantage of borrowers with sky-high interest rates and even worse junk fees. Things like application fees, activation fees, and risk fees tainted the product. The CARD Act cleaned up the business, and now top lenders, from Bank of America, Chase, Discover, and US Bank, offer worthwhile cards, with interest rates ranging from 11.65% to 24.99%, and reasonable, in-range fees.  Mastercard and Visa also came out with more rigorous standards for their franchisees. We peg the U.S. market at almost 5 million cards today, with the potential to embrace 500 percent more, given the number of low-banked, underbanked, and unbanked in the market. Working in credit for decades often brings friends and acquaintances with questions about “what is the best card for me to get?” Many times my answer is something along the lines of a Chase Freedom card, which I like because it carries an excellent reward str...

Insulated Tumbler Travel Mug w/straw & handle only $16.99 (58% off) :: WRAL.com

If you previously used a social network to login to WRAL.com, click the “Forgot your password” link to reset your password. This Stainless Steel 30 oz. Insulated Double Wall Tumbler Travel Mug Set is only $16.99 (58% off) with this Amazon Deal of the Day! The travel mug has great reviews, is double wall vacuum insulated, dishwasher safe and comes with 2 lids, stainless steel straw, easy-grip handle and straw cleaning brush. FREE SHIPPING: Amazon is offering free standard shipping if you have Amazon Prime or on orders over $25. If you have Amazon Prime you will get 2-Day free shipping. Get a 30-Day FREE trial of Prime at Amazon.com HERE. Amazon is offering a 30-day FREE trial to their Kindle Unlimited service with unlimited reading and unlimited listening on any device. You don’t even have to have a Kindle to use the service. With Kindle Unlimited, you have access to over 1 million titles including books, current magazines, audiobooks and more! Amazon is offering a 30-Day Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited right now! This offer is available for anyone including Prime members and non-members! This on-demand service allows users access to tens of millions of songs and hand...

Global Shower Cubicles Market Data Analysis 2019-2025 – Huppe, Jaquar, Kohler, Porcelanosa, American Shower Door Corporation, Lakes Bathrooms

The “Shower Cubicles Market” report is a profound study conducted based on the global market, which examines the ruthless structure of the general sector worldwide. Create by employing established systematic methods such SWOT analysis, the report offers a complete forecast of Shower Cubicles market. The prediction for CAGR is also mentioned in the report in percentage for forecasted period. This will assist consumers to make decisive choices based on predicted chart. The Shower Cubicles market report also covers up major and leading players Huppe, Jaquar, Kohler, Porcelanosa, American Shower Door Corporation, Lakes Bathrooms, Fleurco, Ritec, Holcam, Roda, Korraware in the Shower Cubicles market.  Click here to access the Sample report:  https://www.promarketresearch.com/request-for-sample.html?repid=8232 Production revenue and volume are the two major components on which the size of the worldwide market is measured in this report. The strike of the global Shower Cubicles market is mentioned in the part of those areas, It demonstrates various segments Glass Shower Cubicle, Metal Shower Cubicle, Plastic Shower Cubicle, Other and sub-segments Household, Commercial of th...

Property Industry Embraces Corporate Social Responsibility to Wipeout Dementia

It is estimated that by 2050 the world’s older population will have doubled to 2 billion and, by just 2020, individuals aged above 60 years will have outnumbered children younger than five. Clearly, we have many fundamental and complex challenges that are yet to be addressed – including adequate facilities, properly trained providers, increasing healthcare costs – with a priority challenge the undeniable social and economic burden of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. At a time in Australia’s history when we are closing the gap on the United Kingdom where dementia is the leading cause of death, Sydney’s property industry has taken an extraordinary lead on corporate social responsibility to enact positive change in healthy ageing. On 22 November the tenth Wipeout Dementia surf contest will run at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach, with 45 senior executives across the property industry riding the wave of social change to raise funds for critical dementia research at UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). Particular industry support for the 2019 property industry Wipeout Dementia comes from Morgans Financial, Aoyuan International, Colliers International Residential...

2019 Lexus LC 500 Review: 4 Things You Need To Know

The Lexus LC 500 is by far the most impressive vehicle in their lineup; Lexus took what looks like a stunning concept car and put it into production. It also incorporates a phenomenal interior, potent V-8 engine and an exhaust note which resembles a lion’s roar.  The results of producing a concept car with minimal changes to the production model are significant, as it includes a jaw-dropping design with incredibly unique 3D infinity taillights coupled with Lexus signature check-mark LED accent lights. A large woven front grille and door handles can be seen flush with the body, further accentuating the LC 500’s stunning profile. There are few cars on the road which command this much attention, as it truly looks like an exotic hypercar. Plus, the LC 500 is a great value, starting at $92,950. Lexus stopped at nothing to make this the best interior they ever created in a production vehicle, it stands as a pinnacle for the brand and showcases just how capable Lexus is. The flowing Alcantara door panels look like they came from a modern art exhibit with sleek lines and unique floating door handles. The rest of the interior features ultra-soft leather, a metal volume control dial...

Generation Alpha’s New Cannabis Grow Lights Designed for Cannabis Growers Outperform the Competition OTC Markets:GNAL

CARSON, CA, Feb. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL), a vertically integrated cannabis technology innovator, manufacturer and distributor, today announced favorable results for its new Solis Tek B9 LED light system when compared to major competitors in the U.S. specialty lighting sector in an independent lab test by Californian based Light Laboratory Inc. Alan Lien, Generation Alpha Inc’s CEO, stated, “Generation Alpha has continued to see increased demand of the new generation Solis Tek B9 LED lights with over 250 units in the pipeline for specialist cannabis growers in the U.S. over the past month. Our 100% owned lighting division is an important part of our business. Last year, Generation Alpha supplied lights to cannabis growers in 33 U.S. states, plus Puerto Rico, and these new grow lights will be an important addition to our 2019 sales catalogue.” Independent tests confirm that Generation Alpha’s new Solis Tek B9 LED outperformed Fluence Spyder C2i and Gavita 1650LED in an LED PPF (photosynthetic photon flux) output comparison. Solis Tek 720W B9 LED outputs at least 15% more PPFD* than the industry leading 1000w D...

Cree BR30 Floodlight LED (2019) review: This affordable LED floodlight is almost perfect

The Good Cree’s newest LED floodlight is brighter than advertised and more efficient than just about every other BR30-shaped LED that we’ve tested. It didn’t flicker or buzz in any of our dimming tests, it aced our heat build-up tests and it comes with a category-leading 10-year warranty. The Bad Despite claiming a high color-rendering score, Cree’s bulbs didn’t make colors look noticeably better in our tests. The bulb also wouldn’t dim much lower than 10 percent at minimum settings, which is a little high. The Bottom Line This is a best-in-class LED floodlight that’s priced like a bargain bulb. Put it right at the top of your list if you’re in need of new lights. Let me start by running through some of the things I think you should look for in a good 65-watt replacement floodlight LED, as outlined in my rundown of the top picks in the category: Cree’s newest floodlight LED checks all of these boxes. Available in a two-pack at Home Depot for $10, it’s an affordable and well-rounded choice that boasts an industry-leading 10-year warranty and the best efficiency I’ve ever seen from a floodlight. It’s brighter ...

To save rural hospitals, Georgia requires classes for CEOs

ATLANTA (AP) — Like many other rural hospitals across the country, Taylor Regional in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, had gone through years of financial troubles. “They were not judicious in the way they were spending money nor were they knowledgeable about the things they were not collecting,” said McDannald, who had served as the CEO of another hospital system. “I don’t want to run down previous management, but the hospital was struggling.” Alarmed by a rash of recent hospital closings, Georgia lawmakers are now requiring executives and board members at almost all the state’s rural hospitals to receive training on subjects like financial management and strategic planning to improve their decision making and avoid missteps that can precipitate their hospitals’ decline. Nearly 60 rural Georgia hospitals must ensure their board members, CEOs and chief financial officers complete at least eight hours of classes by the end of next year or risk being fined and losing a valuable state tax credit. Health care experts say they are not aware of any other state that requires training exclusively for rural hospital officials. “You...

Unison Hardware’s New INOX Surface-mounted Barn Door Lock is Designed for Easy Installation Register ico-close ico-supplier ico-white-paper-case-study ico-product ico-cad

INOX®, creator of innovative and premium decorative hardware and door locks for more than 25 years, introduces the industry’s first surface-mounted lock made specifically for barn doors. The Surface Mount Barn Door Lock is a patented, easy-to-install stainless steel lock designed to reduce installation time while still providing durable safety and security for commercial and residential projects. “Builders were telling us that some barn door locks can take over an hour to install, which impacts their bottom line on a project. So we set out to create a locking solution that uses fewer trade-specific tools to decrease the overall install time,” said Jeff Howes, President of INOX. “Now, we are excited to introduce our new Surface Mount Barn Door Lock, which only takes about 15 minutes to install from start to finish.” Installed with discrete screws affixing it to the door jamb, the Surface Mount Barn Door Lock is built to withstand heavy commercial use, yet easy to install for homeowners and nonprofessionals as well. The locking mechanism features a one-inch bolt that is activated by a one-touch thumb lever, including an ADA option and can be locked from inside the room. A dust-pr...

Global Split Air Conditioning Systems Market Industry Analysis and Forecast (2018-2026)

Global Split Air Conditioning Systems Market was valued US$ 21.1 Bn in 2017 and is expected to reach 31.2 Bn by 2026, at a CAGR of 5.01 % during a forecast period. Global Split Air Conditioning Systems Market: Overview A split air conditioner system contains an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. The outdoor unit is fixed on or near the external wall of the room that you wish to cool. This element houses the compressor, condenser coil, and the development coil or capillary tubing. The sleek-looking indoor unit covers the cooling coil, along blower, and an air filter. As split air conditioning systems are estimated as an important product instead of a luxury, the demand for split air conditioning systems raised significantly. Rising middle class population in developing countries such as China, India, and Brazil has been a key factor for increasing acceptance of split air conditioning systems in these countries during the forecast period. Global Split Air Conditioning Systems Market: Drivers and Restraints The overflow demand for energy saving is one of the major factors which increases market share of split air conditioning systems. Demanding government instruction for energy savi...