Concrete molding

Concrete planter

Concrete molding is the new trend in the makers market. Though concrete molding is not new but lately we have seen many people, startups making concrete molded home decor articles. Home decor articles like clocks, vase, bathroom accessories, planters, trays and what not. Even interior decorators promotes these for their robust and rugged looks. Concrete has become the new classy. But what makes it so workable? Now that’s what we are going to talk about in this post so read it till the end.

Concrete, a very commonly used building material used almost everywhere as we can see in our concrete jungle city life. The main constituents include cement, sand, gravel, water and may contain other additives. It takes the shape of the cavity in which it is poured or applied once cured. Though it takes some more time to achieve it’s true strength but then again it all depends on the type of application we put it to. 

Since concrete is the most widely used building material used worldwide, it is easily available. It is quite inexpensive when compared to other materials like wood and metals. After solidifying it gives a rough and rugged look that can be further enhanced by other post processes. Surely there are drawbacks of working in concrete. You need proper breathing mask, apron, water supply for prepare concrete and post work cleaning. Then if we try making something big the weight of the sculpture increases very quickly in concrete.

Ways of strengthening concrete. Prominently used method is to put steel bars into it but the relatively new way is though glass fiber. Such a concrete is called GFRC, that is Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete.

We also make silicon rubber molds for sale for different products like small planters, clocks, vase etc. You can purchase from our online store. And yes we love to work on custom projects so do drop a mail to us if you have any such project in mind.

Applications of FDM 3Dprinting

Applications of FDM 3Dprinting are endless. Before that let’s describe FDM 3D printing in a line or two. In Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), a polymer filament is fed to an extruder which pushes this filament down a nozzle. Here the filament gets melted, deposited layers over layers according to a pre-fed g-code file. Finally when all layers get printed we get the desired object.

Talking about the applications of FDM 3Dprinting, those days are long gone when one used to just prototype parts. Now with the bombardment of 3D printing market with the new printers and technology changing very fast and going really cheap, people are making end use products directly from FDM printers.

Best examples are 3D printed parts being used for making 3D printers to make printer farms. Biggest example of this can be Prusa printers. Well congratulations to Team Prusa for setting up a world record of running 1096 printers in a single facility at the same time. Talking of functional printing right off an FDM 3D printer, one needs two know two main things. First the dimensional tolerances acceptable for a part and the material in which the print must be taken. If we have have proper understanding  of these two things we can easily make functional and direct end use parts from a 3D printer.

Application of FDM3Dprinting are literally endless. Be it medical, architectural, educational, product development, aerospace, aviation, automobile, fashion, food and what not, this technology has not left a single industry untouched.

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2. Architectural

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3. Educational

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#2 What the heck is Home Automation?

Home Automation

Home automation provides remote and automatic control of your home/office devices by means of one or multiple easy to use interface(s). It covers several aspects some of which are

  • Centralized control of lighting and other electrical appliances
  • HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)
  • Security and surveillance
  • House keeping
  • Energy saving and efficiency

We provide a range of solutions catering needs to control all your electrical appliances with tailor made solutions. These appliances can be lights, fans, air conditioners, television sets, geysers and what not. These can be controlled from your smart phones, tablets or personal computer from anywhere, anytime.

Why Home Automation?

Comfort

Imagine that all lights go dim, curtains close and television turns on with your favorite movie being played at touch of one single button. How convenient is that! Every morning I snooze my alarm and go back to sleep leading to getting late to work, but if somehow my curtains can open of its own and sun light itself wakes me up. It will simply be awesome. Am I asking too much no actually I can’t sleep with lights on.

Convenience for old age, people with reduced mobility, migraine or prone to cold and allergies

Old age, differently abled or people having trouble in mobility within the house or otherwise will find it really helpful, to be able to control electrical equipment just with a tap on phone. Kids and people who catch cold more often or who suffer from allergies like sinusitis, allergic rhinitis or asthma or other breathing difficulties can get benefited from the product as it will allow them to control fans and air conditioners. In many cases sudden temperature changes act as triggers to enhance the effect of some allergies. With home automation, they can schedule fan speed regulation, switching the air condition and fan off or on, without getting disturbed in sleep. they want to set with no wake up in the middle of night to switch the ac off or on. Allergic rhinitis is one very common nasal allergy to know more visit the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99gcWh2WKl8

Energy efficiency and saving

With the dimmers and color changing LED Lighting we offer you can operate the LED lights at various intensity levels according to need. The energy saving occurs when LEDs operate at lesser intensities than 100%. Besides this scheduling the usage of electrical appliances wisely, and switching them off when not needed can help you save energy making your home more smarter and energy efficient. You contribute to bring down the carbon footprint of your household and family and indirectly making yourself more Eco-friendly.

Safety, security and Surveillance

In today’s fast moving world many a times, we ignore or misjudge many happenings taking place around us. Some other times we don’t even know about their occurrence. In such cases, we may get benefited, if we have someone to vouch for us. Sensors can help play that pivotal role for us. These can be motion detectors, gas sensors, air quality monitors, cameras in form of CCTVs etc. They really play an important part and help us prevent or monitor many undesirable events.

FDM 3D printer buying guide

Open spaced 3D printer

If you are planning to buy an FDM 3D printer and are really confused with the different options available, this post is meant for you. And if you are a kind of DIY person and possess some mechatronics skills, there are enough resources available on internet to built your own FDM 3D printer.  But if you wish to buy one directly and don’t want spend time reinventing the brick then yes, do read the post. There are hundreds of different makes and models of 3D printers available in the market one may get confused before buying one. FDM 3Dprinter buying guide sums up some of the points you must consider for making up mind to buy a 3D printer. Before we start let’s talk a little about 3D prining, then we will come to FDM 3D printing. 3D printing is an additive manufacturing process where three dimensional object to be made is sliced into several 2D constituent layers in a slicing software. Later this information in the form of G-codes is send to a 3D printing machine which according to it’s manufacturing process makes these layers one by one, till we get the desired end product.

Now, 3D printing can be of several types based on the material and process being used. Some of the types are Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Stereo Lithography(SLA),  Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Multijet etc. Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is the one where a polymer filament (thin wire, usually of 1.75mm or 3mm) is fed into the printer, where it gets melted and gets deposited layer over layer to get the end product. 

Before purchasing a 3D printer one must identify the following few things so that they can narrow down the product range that suits there purpose the most. Here is our FDM 3Dprinter buying guide.

1. What's the purpose you want to use it for?

​Yeah, as obvious as it is, one would like to print 3D parts from it, but whether the usage is professional, educational or personal makes a lot of difference in the product you may end up spending your money for.​

Professional usage may means a better print finish, ability to print with different materials with lesser down time while switching from one material to another etc. Such professionals may include architects, engineers, artists, sculptors, product designers and several others. Industries which generally opt for such categories of printers medical, robotics, biomedical, manufacturing, architecture, aerospace, research and many others.

Educational usage mostly intend to make students aware of this divine technology, making them understand the mechatronics behind the machine and introducing them to the limitless opportunities and the joy 3D printing brings in. The print finish may not be the matter of utmost concern but definitely the 3D printed part should be presentable. Again they may or may not need to print with different materials.

DIYers, enthusiasts, school and graduation students belong to the category of personal usage. People here may be newbies to 3D printing or may have a varying experience and knowledge with this technology. Those who already have some know how of 3D printing can easily figure out their needs and can invest accordingly in the machine. But, the beginners may start this vast journey with a DIY desktop printer whose part replacements are easily available. Now let’s talk about the print materials in slight details.

2. What mechanical properties of print you expect?

 The mechanical properties depends on the filament material. Filament is the thermo setting plastic which melts and get deposited layer by layer and forms the 3D printed part eventually. There are several types of filaments available like PLA, ABS, nylon, filaments with metal infill etc. and have different characteristics which are inherited by the prints.

Most commonly used one are PLA and then ABS. PLA filament is available in different thickness, diameter, make and melts in range of 180-220 degree Celsius. PLA prints does not require a heat bed and can be printed directly onto a glass plate by simply applying some glue from glue stick.

ABS is most widely used plastic. Most of our daily usage plastic products are made from this plastic. ABS itself comes in huge variety. ABS is more tougher than PLA and has a higher melting point.

3. How much you are willing to spend on it?

The amount may vary for different kinds of usage. If you are a newbie and just want to explore the 3D printing you may like to start with DIY 3D printing kits or to save yourself from this little trouble of assembling the parts into a 3D printer you may like to start with Assembled 3D printers. If you wish to print larger parts at one go, you may be interested in large size 3D printers. If your purpose of printing 3D is educational and target audience is small kids you may prefer enclosed space printers but if the kids are smart enough not to touch the printer in operation large size printers are good to go. The same is the case when you look for professional prints and prints from different materials enclosed space printers are the best way to proceed with.

4. The know hows of 3D modelling and using the 3D printer

If you are a newbie to 3D printing world then its okay, because anyone whom you go to purchase a machine will provide you the know how of operating it. But if you are a new to 3D modelling and 3D prinitng both and want to print custom build objects, you will need to start with learning 3D modelling first. There are several software both opensource and licensed with tonnes of youtube tutorial available on the internet.

5. After sales support

If you are starting as a newbie in 3D printing it is most likely that you will need support for a while. Here only you will realize that how important the support and guidance from an 3D priting techie is? Once you get stuck in some part of the process you will need someone to tell you the do’s and the don’ts. We are resellers of an Indian make 3D printers called Garuda 3D. They are based in Hyderabad and make some really good machines and have years of 3D printing expeience. 

Hoping that the FDM 3Dprinter buying guide is of some use. We welcome suggestions to improve this post.