The star turn of most hackspaces and other community workshops is usually a laser cutter. An

The star turn of most hackspaces and other community workshops is usually a laser cutter. An expensive and fiddly device that it makes much more sense to own collectively than to buy yourself. This isn’t to say that laser cutters are outside the budget of the experimenter though, we’re all familiar with the inexpensive table-top machines from China. Blue and white boxes that can be yours for a few hundred dollars, and hold the promise of a real laser cutter on your table. Owning one of these machines is not always smooth sailing though, because their construction and choice of components are often highly variable. A thorough check and often a session of fixing the non-functional parts is a must before first power-on. [Extreme Electronics] bought one, and in a series of posts documented the process from unboxing to cutting. Starting with a full description of the machine and what to watch for out of the box, then a look at the software. A plugin for Corel Draw was supplied, along with a dubious copy of Corel Draw itself. Finally we see the machine in operation, and the process of finding the proper height for beam focus by cutting an inclined plane of acrylic. The series rounds o...

Customs seizes smuggled Indian products | Karachi | thenews.com.pk

Personnel of the Customs Operations in Karachi announced on Saturday the seizure of Indian products worth millions of rupees. Irfan Ali, spokesman for the customs, said the federal government imposed an embargo on the import of Indian-origin or Indian-manufactured goods with effect from August 9, 2019, vide Para 5A(ii) of the Import Policy Order, 2016. Despite the ban, he said, it had been observed that some unscrupulous importers kept attempting to clear Indian goods by way of concealment/mis-declaration of origin. Chairman FBR Syed Shabbar Zaidi had earlier directed that all such attempts of circumventing origins of goods be thwarted. Accordingly, customs operations mounted vigilance to intercept Indian-origin goods by checking all aspects of the consignment like the tracking of the container, vessel and verification of origin from the consignor. During the course of surveillance on banned Indian imports, the appraisement collectorates in Karachi constituted cases of worth Rs169 million in the recent months. Amongst other items, unstitched polyester fabrics, artificial jewellery, bangles, fashion accessories, bentonite goods, grinding wheels, emulsions have been apprehended a...

Easton’s EC90 SL cranks share their exchangeable chainring system with sister company Race Face, which debuted

Easton’s EC90 SL cranks share their exchangeable chainring system with sister company Race Face, which debuted the design. Called Cinch it allows road, cyclocross or triathlon users to swap between single or double chainring setups, or alter single-ring sizes, in no more than five minutes. It’s based on a light, aluminium 30mm axle, which is fixed into the non-driveside crank. The driveside crank has a ring with oversized splines behind it and the chainrings fit on to it. Single rings are an all-in-one direct mount, narrow-wide tooth design, which does away with a separate spider and its bolts, whereas double chainrings bolt on to a forged aluminium four-arm spider with each bolt securing both rings in a 110mm BCD (bolt circle diameter). After dropping the ring or rings into place, the Cinch lock ring is tightened by a Hollowtech splined bottom bracket tool securing them to the crank. The BB30 axle slots in to the crank’s eight-lobed recess and, using an 8mm hex key, is torqued tight with a captive lock nut. This means that to swap chainrings, for example, at a cyclocross race after practicing on the course, you only need two tools and it’s easily achievable in no time. The cran...

RM 051 PHOENIX-MICHELLE YEOH: A NEW LIMITED EDITION RICHARD MILLE WATCH FOR WOMEN

Richard Mille first met actress Michelle Yeoh through a mutual friend, Jean Todt. However, it was because of their mutual passion for watches that they became closer and decided to collaborate professionally. Richard Mille was impressed by her artistic talents, her knowledge and understanding of women’s tastes and her natu ral sense of luxury. He, therefore, suggested to her that she create and design a specific women’s watch. Michelle Yeoh, enthusiastic about becoming involved in the project, launched herself into the adventure about a year ago, alongside Mélanie Treton-Monceyron, artistic director of Richard Mille. The watch they had in mind had to be light, elegant, romantic and charged with positive feelings. Both women found inspiration in the symbol of the phoenix, a legendary bird they found fascinating. According to Chinese legend, the phoenix (or Feng-Huang) was the Empress’s emblem and known for being the kin dest of birds. Its beauty was unsurpassed and its song one of the most beautiful. Having survived several centuries, the phoenix would eventually burn into extinction only to rise again from the ashes. Symbol of grace, feminine beauty and strength, the body of the...

Ferne McCann and Billie Faiers look sensational in thigh-skimming LBDs as they attend charity event

They made their names as castmembers of TOWIE and have since gone on to launch their own parenting shows. And Ferne McCann and Billie Faiers ensured all eyes were on them as they attended Billie and her husband Gregory’s event for Haven House Children’s Hospice At Alecs Restaurant in Essex on Sunday. Ferne looked nothing short of sensational for her friend’s event, donning a black mini-dress with a decorative white bow. Event: Ferne McCann, 29, looked sensational as she attended Billie Faiers and her husband Gregory’s event for Haven House Children’s Hospice At Alecs Restaurant in Essex on Sunday The reality star, 29, added height to her frame with a pair of black heels with ankle straps and styled her blonde locks into an elegant updo. Ferne added further glamour to her look with a shimmering diamond necklace while she also carried a silver clutch bag for the evening. Billie was radiant as ever for the charity bash and also sported a black mini dress with a dramatic sweetheart neckline. The former TOWIE star, 29, displayed her sun-kissed hue as she donned a pair of gold heels and carried a black clutchbag. Stunning: Billie was radiant as ever for t...

Best Dutch ovens in 2019: Le Creuset, Lodge, Milo and Staub

A Dutch oven, a term often interchangeably used with French oven or cocotte, is a staple in the kitchen. If you’re not familiar with these pots, they typically feature thick walls and a tight-fitting lid (unlike casserole dishes) with a single handle, loop handles, or a knob, and most are made from cast iron or enameled cast iron. This essential piece of cookware can be used on a stovetop or in the oven and are a favorite vehicle for baking, browning or braising meat or cooking food like casseroles, soups and stews.  These kitchen necessities are incredible — you can accomplish almost any cooking task in a Dutch oven. They’re truly one of the most versatile pots you can own, and a lot of home cooks will tell you it’s their favorite cookware tool. Folks get rather attached to these durable items, likely because a good Dutch oven from an expert producer like Le Creuset or Marquette Castings will let you cook food for decades, if not longer. If you’re in the market for your first Dutch oven or are replacing/upgrading your current model, here are a few of the best Dutch ovens in various styles and price ranges to buy: Read more: Our favorite direct-to-c...

Digitimes reports precision stamping service provider China FineBlanking Technology plans to boost monthly shipments for Tesla

Digitimes reports precision stamping service provider China FineBlanking Technology plans to boost monthly shipments for Tesla (TSLA +0.6%) Model 3 relay components to 40K per month from a prior level of 20K a month. The increased output is due to start in August. Sources indicate CFTC shipments to Tesla are expected to increase even more as production ramps up out of the company’s Gigfactory 3 in Shanghai. Earlier this week, Tesla’s Jerome Guillen also hinted at increased output out of the Fremont plant. Universal circuit breaker, Molded case circuit breaker, Dual power – Shimin,https://www.shsminele.com/

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iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and more: the 100 gadgets that defined this decade

The story of technology in the 2010s is the story of gadgets going from the corners of our lives to everywhere all the time. The tools to create and consume culture are omnipresent now, offering us incredible new capabilities but also demanding that we care for them more than any consumer products in history. We mind their temperamental batteries, we twist in space to improve their wireless signals, we ask them to listen to us — but not too much. Gadgets in the 2010s were shaped first by the furious race to win the smartphone wars and then a furious race to create new kinds of hardware once it was clear that Apple, Google, and Samsung would dominate phones. And that hardware was tied to software and services like never before — every light bulb the endpoint of a cloud service, every speaker imbued with the voice of the data center’s soul. My favorite thing about gadgets is that they are intensely revealing: each one is a semipermanent encapsulation of a company’s trade-offs and priorities, and once they’re shipped, there’s no more PR spin or influencer marketing to hide behind. The processors are fast or they’re slow. The keyboards are reliable or they break. The battery lasts a...

July 19, 2016 — Ten miles south of Tel Aviv, I stand on a catwalk over

July 19, 2016 — Ten miles south of Tel Aviv, I stand on a catwalk over two concrete reservoirs the size of football fields and watch water pour into them from a massive pipe emerging from the sand. The pipe is so large I could walk through it standing upright, were it not full of Mediterranean seawater pumped from an intake a mile offshore. “Now, that’s a pump!” Edo Bar-Zeev shouts to me over the din of the motors, grinning with undisguised awe at the scene before us. The reservoirs beneath us contain several feet of sand through which the seawater filters before making its way to a vast metal hangar, where it is transformed into enough drinking water to supply 1.5 million people. We are standing above the new Sorek desalination plant, the largest reverse-osmosis desal facility in the world, and we are staring at Israel’s salvation. Just a few years ago, in the depths of its worst drought in at least 900 years, Israel was running out of water. Now it has a surplus. That remarkable turnaround was accomplished through national campaigns to conserve and reuse Israel’s meager water resources, but the biggest impact came from a new wave of desalination plants. Bar-Zeev, who recently ...

This innovative and award-winning Coffee3 cube container, made from rollstock and filled directly inline, brings multiple

This innovative and award-winning Coffee3 cube container, made from rollstock and filled directly inline, brings multiple benefits to both the coffee manufacturer and the consumer. NewCoffee GmbH & Co., a subsidiary of Aldi Sud, is the first coffee producer to commercialize the InLine Can, a new approach to coffee packaging that was among the winners of a 2018 German Packaging Award in the competition sponsored by the German Packaging Institute. Though suitable for either ground or whole bean coffees, NewCoffee’s use of the InLine Can at this point is focused on ground coffee at its production facility in Ketsch, Germany. Developed jointly by Optima and Hörauf—with considerable input from NewCoffee—this paper and aluminum Coffee3 cube is cube-shaped when it reaches consumers. But forming and filling are done inline. Containers are formed from rollstock on specialized equipment from Hörauf and transferred directly to an Optima CFS filling and closing system. Filling includes: The aroma and freshness of the coffee are protected by the nitrogen gas blanket and the gas- and moisture-proof packaging. For a video illustrating can-making and filling, go here: pwgo.to/5036. The val...

It prints, engraves, and cuts; the only thing the ZMorph VX doesn’t do is make you

It prints, engraves, and cuts; the only thing the ZMorph VX doesn’t do is make you eggs in the morning. Read our review to find out why it’s the “Best All-in-One 3D Printer” of fall 2019. ZMorph already has a solid reputation for its versatile 3D printers; we had a decent experience with the ZMorph SX not so long ago. The Polish company’s point of distinction is being able to offer multiple fabrication methods within the one desktop machine. And thanks to its modular design of detachable heads, a ZMorph machine can work with dozens of available fabrication materials — more than enough to satisfy even the most demanding professional designers, engineers, and educators. The next generation model, the ZMorph VX, boasts of advanced solutions in print quality and machine reliability. The company promises that the machine is easier to set up and operate than ever before, and, while we’re inclined to agree, the process is not without its small wrinkles. We recently got our hands on the keys to a full ZMorph VX setup, including single and dual extrusion, laser pro, CNC Pro, and thick paste extruder tool heads. Naturally, we’re a 3D printing first kind of publication, b...