The Kickstarter Experiment – a successful failure

In February, we launched a Kickstarter campaign on February 4th, 2015 which ultimately was unsuccessful at raising a $10,000 funding goal. However, this was not your ordinary Kickstarter…it was an experiment to test a few things, and the results were very interesting. Thus, we’re going to call this a “successful failure”.  Here’s what we were trying to determine: ...

Setting up Octopi with WiFi on a Printrbot Simple 1

“The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph!”  ~Butterfly Circus (link to the YouTube shortfilm).  If you get frustrated, just imagine how great you’ll feel to get Octopi working!   Installing Octopi for a Printrbot Simple Last updated: April 2, 2015 @ 10:36 The above quote has been my experience getting my OctoPi, OctoPrint server up and ...

The best design is one you don’t have to do – design tips and tricks for 3D printing

As more customer requests for design come into our queue, we wanted to ensure our design community that they have as many tools at their disposal to do the best design work for our customers so that the You3Dit community becomes the best distributed design and manufacturing network on the planet. So what do we ...

Fast tutorial generation! Quickly documenting process steps to make a “how to” article

How many times does someone ask you how to do something on a computer and you find yourself typing out a set of instructions…”step 1 is: go to start menu, step 2 is right mouse click, step 3 is…”, then start abbreviating words like “right mouse click” into RMC and open up PowerPoint to start ...

Scroll wheel not working in MS Excel

Have you ever been in a large spreadsheet and you can’t do one of the following two things: Use your scroll wheel to navigate? Use the “Find” tool and then have Excel jump to the desired cell that has the search query? If this sounds like you, this means you likely have a portion of ...

The birth of You3Dit.com

As a person who will be eternally interested in entrepreneurship and those involved in creating technology businesses, our team thought it would be both fun and educational to describe how our latest startup–www.you3dit.com–was born. My interest in 3D printing started in March 2012 at a Spanish company called Intelliglass, located in Madrid, Spain.  Having met ...

Follow us in Facebook, Twitter, and …

Recently, it seems to be a fight for this “third position” on billboards and advertisements for mobile-social startups.  First and second are almost always Facebook and Twitter; the third is typically a random mix of apps relevant to the business promoting the advertisement.   While many would say the third might regularly be Google+ (which is getting better ...

DFP – Design for Print – what you should know about printing in 3D 2

We used to have “Design for Manufacturing” (DFM) but now as the early majority is starting to catch wind of 3D printing technologies and their amazing potential, a new acronym–Design for Print–will gain traction.  There are now many articles that state the advantages of 3D printing but in short they are: extreme customization, the ability ...

Let´s be innovative and productive on 29 Marzo – Huelga General

Let´s do a Rapid Innovation Cycle on el Reforma Laboral As the creator, main lecturer and leader the diverse, Hands-on Rapid Innovation team, I think it behooves us as people involved with reducing unemployment and improving the economy in Spain, that we recognize the Huelga General de Reforma Laboral (general strike on labor reform) and ...

The desire to “work to live” in Spain is destroying their economy

Are Americans really crazy?  Because we “live to work” instead of “work to live?”  We may be crazy, but we have an economic system that works and keeps unemployment levels regularly below 10%  Yes we have problems, but after living 1.5 years in Spain, I’m at my wits end. Let me give you a few ...