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I make 3d fractal animations. Stuff like this.

My computer is rendering these practically 24/7, it can only render about one minute of video per day. I set them up frame by frame.
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Ham radio, got a nice "mobile shack" going seeing as I live in an apartment. Old picture, layout has changed somewhat, equipment is the same:

Sweet setup. Ham does sound fun, though i've never gotten to use a ham radio before. Love the idea though.

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Sweet setup. Ham does sound fun, though i've never gotten to use a HAM radio before. Love the idea.
Thanks!

It's "ham" not HAM btw - Don't mean to nitpick but it isn't an abbreviation for anything , it's a name that traces it's roots back to professional telegraph operators bashing amateur operators IIRC. Not sure why everyone started writing/typing it as if it were an abbreviation. Maybe we should come up with a meaning for H.A.M?

The incorrect use doesn't really both me but it really bugs some people for some reason.

Definitely worth looking into though - there's so much you can do. I like HF comms myself, but have recently been looking into DIY rain scatter RADAR and natural radio receiving (VLF band, 3KHz-30Khz). List of stuff you can do is extensive - We have legal access to transmit on massive amounts of radio spectrum worth billions of dollars for essentially free. From the 2200m band (136Khz) all the way to 300GHz (You're in infra-red after that point). It really is an extensive hobby. Also, the more licensees we have the better - especially now that the radio spectrum is getting filled up by commercial interests - if we don't use what we have we'll lose it.
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Some very interesting replies in this thread! My hobbies range from construction, e-commerce, electronics, rc drones/boats/cars, and most recently, 3D printing.

This is the Electron 3D Prusa i3 printer I recently bought, was around $240 USD and came completely unassembled. Here's the finished product:



And a sample of what it can print (Enterprise NCC-1701-E from Star Trek ):


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This is the Electron 3D Prusa i3 printer I recently bought, was around $240 USD and came completely assembled. Here's the finished product:



And a sample of what it can print (Enterprise NCC-1701-E from Star Trek ):


There's so much application for this thing, it's unreal. I've printed wall brackets, prototypes for designs, wall mounted spool holder for the filament, vibration dampeners and more. It's a really good investment!
I was just thinking about 3D printers last night for a project... That's a great price though - didn't realize they had come down in price so much. Print quality looks reasonable too!

Did you need to do much tinkering to get it up and running or was it pretty much good to go OOB?
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I was just thinking about 3D printers last night for a project... That's a great price though - didn't realize they had come down in price so much. Print quality looks reasonable too!

Did you need to do much tinkering to get it up and running or was it pretty much good to go OOB?
LOL, the last thing this printer is was good to go out of the box. It comes completely unassembled in about 100 parts or something like that, but, building it is the easy part. The hard part is a world of frustration, calibration, and even worse, bed leveling. I'm sure every single person who owns a DIY 3D printer will say that calibration/leveling is a living hell lol. When it comes to this type of 3D printer the quality of the print is ultimately dependent on how well the calibration and bed are set, I started using digital calipers to find the perfect z axis distance from the build plate, to a thousandth of a millimeter. It's manageable though, and it gets pretty easy once you're used to how everything works.

Other than the painful and rather time consuming setup, this thing works like a charm, I'd say just as good as one of those makerbot things and other expensive 3D printers.

Here's the way I think of it, if you have the time but not the money, get an inexpensive DIY printer. If you have the money but not the time, get a pre-assembled printer. It eats up a pretty big chunk of time, but once the thing is working for good, there's not much else to do other than print

Edit: Oh sh*t. Just realized I said in my last post it came "completely assembled" meant to put "unassembled." My bad
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Other than the painful and rather time consuming setup, this thing works like a charm, I'd say just as good as one of those makerbot things and other expensive 3D printers.

Here's the way I think of it, if you have the time but not the money, get an inexpensive DIY printer. If you have the money but not the time, get a pre-assembled printer. It eats up a pretty big chunk of time, but once the thing is working for good, there's not much else to do other than print

Edit: Oh sh*t. Just realized I said in my last post it came "completely assembled" meant to put "unassembled." My bad
I'll just add on to the statement that there are tons of Chinese 3D printer kits, and some can really take a massive amount more time to get working. They definitely are not all the same. Luckily, Prusa printers are very common, so there's good documentation on how they should be made if you need to do a DIY part replacement.
The acrylic they're typically made out of also causes problems over time.

Definitely a cool project to do, but I wouldn't recommend it for most people that just want to get right into printing without much hassle. The more expensive prebuilt printers are usually worth the extra cost for frequent prints since they also have huge quality, ease of use, and material improvements on top of not needing assembly.
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Some very interesting replies in this thread! My hobbies range from construction, e-commerce, electronics, rc drones/boats/cars, and most recently, 3D printing.

This is the Electron 3D Prusa i3 printer I recently bought, was around $240 USD and came completely unassembled. Here's the finished product:



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What rocks do you own, I don't own many radioactive sources but I do have a dp-66 geiger counter.

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Isn't uranium glass fluorescent? Have you ever tried pointing a 405nm at some?
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What rocks do you own, I don't own many radioactive sources but I do have a dp-66 geiger counter.
I have a nice Thorite crystal ,Uraninite, Carnotite, Pitchblende. A small amount of Trinitite And a bunch of small mixed uranium ore pieces. I use to have many more but I needed $ and sold them. I had a great piece of Gummite that read around 30,000 CPM. I have a monitor 4 Geiger counter.
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Yes it is very much so. I have used a 405nm on it, but hitting the wall near it gives a nicer glow.
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Nice, I have a piece of uranium glass and 9 tritium vials. I have wanted to get some pitchblende myself.

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