Xmas Deal: This one single desktop device can 3D Print, laser engrave, and is a CNC machine

The Snapmaker 2.0 literally turns imagination into reality. Designed to practically transform into any prototyping tool you’d need to bring your ideas to life, this modular prototyping-station can be built to operate as a 3D Printer, a Laser Engraver/Cutter, and even a 3 or even 4 Axis CNC Machine. Here is what’s amazing about it though. All these machines exist in the same amount of space a laptop would take on your desk. The Snapmaker 2.0 is constructed using modular components crafted from aluminum alloy extrusions that allow you to make your device as small or as big as you want. Its all-metal construction means near-perfect tolerances, resulting in precise work, whether it’s laser cutting or 3D printing. Within minutes, you can assemble a fully-functional machine with an X, Y, and Z-axis, and simply attach or detach modules that let you use the apparatus as a CNC Machine, Laser Engraver, or even a 3D printer with sheer simplicity, and no specific skill-set or learning curve. The Snapmaker 2.0 comes even with a touchscreen interface that lets you control your device and gives you alerts like letting you know when to change the filament on the 3D printer, or a milling-bit on ...

Insulation shouldn’t be laid over any electric cables. Where possible, clip them to the roof joists

Insulation shouldn’t be laid over any electric cables. Where possible, clip them to the roof joists or gently lift them out of the way whilst you install, before laying them over the insulation when it’s in position. If you have recessed lights, now’s the time to install down light protectors, being sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the insulation roll is in position, measure the width of roll you need to fit between the joists; this tends to be either 400mm or 600mm. Then, cut the roll to size using a panel saw or large bladed kitchen knife. Position the crawling boards in the furthest corner of the loft. You’ll need to start laying with a minimum gap of 25mm between the eaves and the insulation to ensure a suitable air gap. Maintain this gap along two opposite sides of the loft. Make sure that the wall plate is covered, then roll out the insulation, moving backwards so you are working towards the centre of the loft to avoid putting your weight directly onto the insulation. Gently push the insulation so it fits snuggly between the joists, but don’t compress it as that will reduce its efficiency. When you reach a cross beam, use a straight edge or ...

Selectmen amend food truck permit for expanding hours

Lester Spear’s spectacular holiday light show is going to brighten the Boothbay nights a little longer this season. On Dec. 20, Boothbay selectmen approved Spear’s request on behalf of the Cameron Clan Snack Co. to extend the show to coincide with Gardens Aglow. In November, the company received approval to operate Thursdays through Sundays from Nov. 19 to Dec. 31. Spears wanted the special amusement permit allowing up to five food trucks to operate on his Wiscasset Road location to mirror Gardens Aglow’s schedule.  But from Dec. 19 through Dec. 31, Gardens Aglow is open all week with the only exception of Dec. 24. So Spear sought to amend his permit. “I wasn’t clear with you (selectmen), and realized that when I watched the (Nov. 13)  minutes. Up until now, it’s only been open Thursday through Sunday, but we wanted everyone to know about the change,” Spear said. This is the first year Spear received a special amusement permit for the food trucks. Town Manager Dan Bryer reported he has received one complaint about the permit. In other action, selectmen voted 3-0 in approving a $1,000 Ulmer Fund Scholarship for Boothbay Region High School sophomore Della Hahn. She is using the s...

Methode Electronics Inc. (MEI) Q2 2020 Earnings Call Transcript

Founded in 1993 by brothers Tom and David Gardner, The Motley Fool helps millions of people attain financial freedom through our website, podcasts, books, newspaper column, radio show, and premium investing services. Welcome to the Methode Electronics Fiscal Year 2020 Second Quarter Conference call. For this quarterly conference call, the company has prepared a PowerPoint presentation entitled Fiscal 2020 Second Quarter Earnings, which can be found at methode.com in the Investor Relations section. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. This conference call does contain forward-looking statements which reflects management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements are subject to a safe harbor protection provided under the securities laws. Methode undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements to conform the statements to actual results or changes in Methode’s expectations on a quarterly basis or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this conference call involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The factors that cause these actual results to diffe...

It’s been a tough decade for journalism. It’s as beleaguered as coal-mining. Some days it seems

It’s been a tough decade for journalism. It’s as beleaguered as coal-mining. Some days it seems there is no space for anything but sensationalism and cheap aggregation. But in the last ten years a few stories have risen above the noise, and even suggested a path forward—in audio, in video, and in text. We don’t presume to suggest that the pieces below are the best of the decade. But they’re ones we loved. They moved and inspired us. And they give us hope for the next ten years.  Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? by Gene Weingarten (The Washington Post) Like any good investigator, Weingarten nails the who and the what and the when. His story becomes unforgettable when he digs deeper into the how and the why. Weingarten allows the presumptive villains in his story the dignity of personhood. He layers science and statistics on top of good reporting. He has a perceptible willingness to listen and look even when it’s painful. For several years, journalism existed in an uneasy detente with the government and military. This piece by Michael Hastings—a swashbuckling, brave reporter—shattered that idea by showing genera...

Understanding Trump supporters in an age of winner-take-all politics

A recent piece I wrote on living in the “Age of Trump” has sparked a number of conversations for me, some of them difficult. That is as it should be. The topic is a complex one, the stakes are high, and there is a great deal to be said. I cannot say everything, of course, but one omission from my earlier piece is significant enough to warrant a few additional words. One of my goals in that piece was to call those who (like me) do not support Donald Trump’s re-election to consider how best to engage with those who do. I insisted that a commitment to conversation and even collaboration across that divide is indispensable. But I want more than building a bridge to the other side. In fact, I have important concerns in common with most Trump voters: concern for religious freedom, for example, and, even more important, commitment to legal protection for unborn human lives. I want more than building a bridge to the other side. In fact, I have important concerns in common with most Trump voters. What I failed to say explicitly is that this commonality makes me keenly aware of a certain calculus that might lead one to vote for Mr. Trump—and also of what is entailed in the decision not to...

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Though it may seem like nothing more than a cosmetic issue, keeping your dog’s nails trimmed is important for his health and wellbeing. Unless your dog is very active outdoors, his nails are unlikely to become worn down on their own and if they grow too long, they could break or splinter. There is no hard and fast rule for how often to trim your dog’s nails. Some dog owners like to trim their dog’s nails on a weekly or bi-weekly basis while others wait until they hear their dog’s nails clicking on the floor to give them a trim. Regardless of how often you cut your dog’s nails, it pays to have a high-quality set of trimmers on hand. Nail clippers for dogs come in several different forms. Some are better for small dogs while others work for larger breeds. Because there are so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which option is best. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the legwork to bring you our top picks for the best nail clippers for dogs in different categories. If you’re going to buy a set of d...

Plywood Market is Pegged to Increase at a CAGR of 4.6% during 2018 – 2028

Global infrastructural development has reached newer heights in the last few years, with massive constructions – both residential and commercial – mushrooming across both Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities across the world. This has led to impressive growth of the global building and construction industry and as a consequence positively impacted revenues of ancillary industries. Plywood is an inherent component of the construction industry – being widely used in manufacturing readymade and customised furniture. “Growth in global consumption of plywood is pegged to increase at a decadal rate of 4.6% to reach 164,402 cubic meters by the end of 2018. This growth is attributable to the continuous demand from end-use industries especially the furniture production industry.” — Future Market Insights Future Market Insights (FMI) throws light on some of the key factors boosting revenues in the global market for plywood. Plywood finds increasing use across diverse applications ranging from furniture, flooring, and packaging of high-value goods. This is anticipated to boost sales of plywood in the global market, according to Future Market Insights forecasts. A growth in residential and commercial s...

The 50 best food and drink gifts for under £50, from cheese and chocolate to cake tins and the coolest gin The Telegraph Search Icon Save Facebook icon Twitter icon Instagram icon LinkedIn icon Facebook icon Twitter icon Instagram icon LinkedIn icon

Choosing a suitable gift for a food lover or drinks enthusiast means considering both form and function – since more often than not, a good-quality product will be as beautiful as it is useful. It might even be edible, and we’ve included treats below for scoffing on Christmas Day as well as cupboard additions that will last longer into 2020. There are recipe and wine books to provide inspiration, bakeware to produce delicious goods from the kitchen, and smart serveware for the dining room or drinks trolley (including a slowly rotating globe whisky decanter, for the most stylish of bars).  With items all under £50, we prove that you don’t have to go crazy with your budget in order to satisfy the gourmand in your life. The must-have companion for a perfectly cooked Christmas bird, and just the right compact size for stockings. For a change from Quality Street and Roses, go for a bar of top-quality choc from bean-to-bar brand Pump Street–- their limited=edition pannetone flavour is suitably festive. This collection of tablespoon and millilitre vessels is a handy piece of kit for cooks and bakers.  One of Italy’s top truffle brands in an affordable stocking-filler-...

Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones

William Montanez is used to getting stopped by the police in Tampa, Florida, for small-time traffic and marijuana violations; it’s happened more than a dozen times. When they pulled him over last June, he didn’t try to hide his pot, telling officers, “Yeah, I smoke it, there’s a joint in the center console, you gonna arrest me for that?” They did arrest him, not only for the marijuana but also for two small bottles they believed contained THC oil — a felony — and for having a firearm while committing that felony (they found a handgun in the glove box). As they confiscated his two iPhones, a text message popped up on the locked screen of one of them: “OMG, did they find it?” The officers demanded his passcodes, warning him they’d get warrants to search the cellphones. Montanez suspected that police were trying to fish for evidence of illegal activity. He also didn’t want them seeing more personal things, including intimate pictures of his girlfriend. Five days later, after Montanez was bailed out of jail, a deputy from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office tracked him down, handed him the warrants and demanded the phone passcodes. Again, Montanez refused. Pr...

The First Date Series takes a look at restaurants in Montreal where you might want to

The First Date Series takes a look at restaurants in Montreal where you might want to go — or might not want to go — on a first date. A daytime date calls for a different type of place than a soirée, and Cafe Prague is not a bad locale to get to know someone in the afternoon. Outremont’s newly opened Cafe Prague is small and cute, and there’s almost a cubist-inspired feel to the place. Photographs of Prague line the walls, cowhide print tiles cover the bathroom floor, and a cuckoo clock goes crazy every hour. The menu is simple, as Cafe Prague specializes (almost exclusively) in traditional Czech open-face sandwiches called cheblicky – a slice of baguette, covered in some sort of spread, be it cream cheese, ham salad, or butter, topped with goodies like egg, salami, ham, tomato, cucumber or whatever else the fridge has to offer.Cafe Prague’s chlebicky are made fresh, and they have a creative selection, some of which are the café’s original concoctions. We sampled the very traditional option – pieces of ham and salami draped over buttered rye bread topped with one slice of hard-boiled egg, one sliver of cucumber, and half a cherry...