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Back to work for me...

Me too. Bye everyone

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Yes. It is that time. Bye all.

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@All- well good luck everyone. Back to work for me...

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I didn't realize today was Friday the 13th. Maybe that's why things went wrong the whole week.

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DrFPGA - I hope so. Too many things have either broken or not cooperated this week.

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@Duane- Maybe all your bad luck has been used up already then..

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My strories aren't really Friday the 13th stories, but this whole week as gone like that. Things breaking all over the place and supposedly easy design tasks just not working.

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I bought a Ti Launchpad/CC3000 WiFi booster pack. None of the tutorials have been working for me. It seems that the board used in the tutorials is just slightly different than the one I bought. I found a thread on a forum discussing the exact issue I'm having. Someone else popped on the thread and asked: "I'm having the same problem. How did you fix it?" The original poster wrote back: "I didn't. I just gave up."

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Oh, and good luck with the printer and its current problem

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@All -- I'm going to run myself -- my 3D printer extruser has paused on it's heating cycle for some reason -- I've got to sort it out -- keep your fingers crossed for me -- C U all next week -- Max

@Duane: re Friday the 13th...

Bummer

Max, re Friday the 13th: Three blown up bike tires/tubes, broken pump, three "easy" WiFi devices not working, Coffee all over the floor instead on in the pot, boards that won't take solder. It's been one of those weeks.

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@Duane- We need Friday the 13th stories....

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@all have to do the dishes yet again

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@Max The Design Spark PCB free tool is adequate once you get used to it.

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@Duane: .Max - I've tried a number of 3D CAD programs. Most recently an online web-based 3D CAD, but so far none have really made me happy.


In that case, I'm really looking forward to hearing what you think about DesignSpark Mechanical

Crusty - I thin it's available in the Lite version too, but I'm just speculating.

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@All: There's also a DesignSpark PCB tool that's free -- easy to use -- very powerful -- and 100% integrated with DesignSpark Mechanical...

Max - I've tried a number of 3D CAD programs. Most recently an online web-based 3D CAD, but so far none have really made me happy.

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@Duane: All of mine happened earlier this week.

Tell us more...

@Duane : is it available in the free Lite version?

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I've seen a few renderings that people have made from their Eagle files. They're pretty cool, but I don't know how useful.

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@Duane: I'm goint to download the DesignSpark software on Monday even though I don't have a 3D printer.

It's worth learning even if you don't have a 3D printer -- you can use it to create visualizations that you can export as JPGs or as 3D PDFs ... and then when your wife buys you a 3D printer for Christmas you will be ready to rock and roll :-)

Crusty - Eagle supposedly does have a 3D view is some way shape or form, but I've never gotten around to trying it out.

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DrFPGA asked about Friday, the 13th stories - All of mine happened earlier this week.

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@Duane : Does Eagle Cad offer a 3D view of the PCB board and components?

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Max - Yes. It was a good meetinig - short and to the point.

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I'm goint to download the DesignSpark software on Monday even though I don't have a 3D printer.

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Hi again Duane -- so your meeting finished?

@Max : I really think the DesignSpark stuff is going to do it I use their PCB programme sometimes and I shall look at the 3D now

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Max

 I've wanted to create 3D models and visualizations for a long time now, but never seemed to find the right software for my needs ... I really think the DesignSpark stuff is going to do it

I think you're right. But I am going to wait for you to blaze the trail. We have Solidworks in- house. It might be interesting to compare.

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I heard from someone else who has some insider knowledge (but doesn;t work for Allied or RS) saying that this 3D software really is industrial strength stuff -- but that it also really is surprisingly easy to learn and use...

@Antedeluvian: I've wanted to create 3D models and visualizations for a long time now, but never seemed to find the right software for my needs ... I really think the DesignSpark stuff is going to do it

@Crusty: LOL on the fingerslips

@Max make bred read BREAD

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@Max : Have just started on designing a bred prooving cabinet using Arduinio as the control module for the heaters.

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Max

dis you see my column on the free 3D design software

Indeed I did. I am also starting to feel a certain urge in my bones to try out a 3D printer. No, wait. I think it's my lumbago.

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@Crusty: I find Farnells web site to be easier to use.

It's strange how one can like one site and not another, where someone else might be completely the opposite...

@Max RS Components I have used them and still do, since the catalogue hung on a nail by a string. However I find Farnells web site to be easier to use.

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Antedeluvian -- dis you see my column on the free 3D design software http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1319478

Hi Antedeluvian -- I'm powering up my 3D printer for the first time as we speak

@Crusty: Though Farnell seem to be fast these days without postal costs...

What about RS Components? I was chatting to them yesterday about the free 3D design software they are making available on Monday (http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1319478&) -- it seems that they have 38,000 3D models that cover just about all the electronic and electromechanical parts in their extensive catalog (of course they have many more than 38,000 items in their catalog, but one 3D model of a 1/4 carbon resistor will cover 1,000s of components, for example.)

@Max Maplin is never cheap but do take the place of long departed tandy for an odd switch or capacitor.

Though Farnell seem to be fast these days without postal costs

CEO

@Crusty: Did you switch on the telytype and overload the office circuit LOL

No ... some dingbat actually turned the power switch off -- give me strength!!!

@Crusty: That 3D printer looks nice, but it's a bit expensive -- mine cost $499, which is just a tad over 300 UK pounds

@Max : Did you switch on the telytype and overload the office circuit LOL

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Arrggghh -- some dingbat turned the power off -- now I'm starting it up again

Hang on -- let me take a peek at the 3D printer temperature...

There was a news report on the radio thsi morning saying that weddings are well down thsi year due to it being 2013 ... a lot of brides want to wait for 2014...

@Max another 3 D printer in my inbox

http://www.maplin.co.uk/up-plus-2-3d-printer-853513?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=13P10-8&mbrk_id=c46797c3-d3c2-466d-a6d8-e82ede85c14a

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I have a friend in the UK who won;t go out of his house on Friday 13th

@Max- Maybe not a good day today to power up your 3d Printer...

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@All: Any Fri the 13th stories today?

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I can's wait for that DesignSpark Mechanical (3D Design) software to become available on Monday (http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1319478&)

@Max Overcast and damp, which is to be expected now that I am taking the caravan to the wilderness around Oxford

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Hi Max, Hi Crusty, Hi Junko, Hi Duane, 

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Hi Crusty -- how are things in England?

Thank Goodness it's Friday :-)

Hi Junko -- Duane just ran out to a meeting -- he says he'll be back if th emeeting ends early

Meeting = Boring : EE Times Chat = Interesting

Awesome about the printer! I just have a 10:00 meeting. I'll be back if it ends early.

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My 3D printer is powering up for the first time as we speak

Second - but unfortunately, I'll need to be the first to leave

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The "EE Times Week In Review" is a live online chat about what's been happening in electronics and engineering and what you thought about it all, from hard news to the weird and wonderful.

This week's chat will take place on Friday, September 13, 2013, commencing at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Although we will be talking about anything and everything of interest, our lead topics this week will be Apple's iPhones (see Apple iPhone 5S and 5C -- Hits & Misses: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1319467) and the announcement of the free, industrial-strength 3D design software called DesignSpark Mechanical (see Allied/RS Bring Free 3D Design Software to Everyone on the Planet! http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1319478).



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