Tipsheet for new Sovol SV06/SV06+ users

This is the sheet I wish Sovol had put into the box for people new to 3D printing and those unfamiliar with the specific printer. Don’t use the slicer program that comes with the unit The free PrusaSlicer program is my preference. Among other features it offers, you can manually paint on or remove supports. …

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Craft knife rescue

Craft knife with new barrel and cap

Use a 3D printer to improve or repair an X-ACTO knife.

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Designing cut and fold projects in Cricut

Recently, I’ve been creating 3D cut and fold patterns for Cricut, and it’s been a learning endeavor. Here are my current suggested best practices. Initial Design in Inkscape The Cricut Design Space program is completely useless as a design environment for custom shapes. I use the free program Inkscape to create my graphics. For roughing …

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New artwork: Zombie Tip #1

Picture of zombie and empty pizza box with caption, “Survival tip: Zopbies crave brains, but can be distracted with pizza.”

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Dwarf Star?

Dwarf star?

Khurshid Ahmed asks, What does it mean when my best friend says I’m a dwarf star to him? Khurshid, Is your friend an astronomy buff? Dwarf stars are common, small, and not all that bright or hot compared to other stars, so it doesn’t seem like a compliment exactly. On the other hand, at least …

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Is there a downside to not having a middle name?

Borvid asks: Is there a downside to not having a middle name? Dear Borvid, My wife has no middle name and it hasn’t been a problem for her, though I suppose when she was a child and her mom called her by her full name it might’ve been harder to tell whether she was in …

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The Deep End available in paper versions

Cover: The Deep End

My book The Deep End, a steampunk mystery intrigue metaphysical adventure, was released on Kindle a while ago. Paper editions are finally available! Trade paperback and hardcover. Please buy them. Share…

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Question: Should I confess to a boy I like at school?

Sally from The Dale asks: Should I confess to a boy I like at school? No. If he hasn’t been thinking about you in that way, you’re blindsiding him. Unprepared, he’s likely to fumble or just say no, because he can’t possibly say yes. You will likely have embarrassed him. If he’s not as kind …

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New art: Wake up!

Discussion of my latest artwork and Art in general.

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What do you do if you put too much milk in cheese sauce?

Some Odd Stranger asks: What do you do if you put too much milk in cheese sauce? Dear Some, Since you can’t remove some of the milk, as I see it you have three choices: have milky cheese sauce. add more of the other ingredients to make a huge batch of cheese sauce and either …

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