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February 2015 Learn More Links

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Links from the bottom of all the February 2015 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

3D Printers

Why 3D Printing is Overhyped

Home 3D printers take us on a maddening journey into another dimension

3D Printing: What You Need to Know,2817,2394720,00.asp

Tom’s Guide: Best 3D Printers 2014,review-2236.html

PC Magazine: Best 3D Printers,2817,2470038,00.asp

Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014

Business Insider: Here Are The Best Consumer 3D Printers On The Market

Printerbot Simple

New Matter Modt Printer

CEL Robox


Makerbot Replicator


Where Can I Find Local 3D Printing Services?

UPS Store


Staples doesn’t appear to have a website page dedicated to 3D printing services You’ll have to call or visit your local Staples to see if they offer 3D printing. They do sell 3D printers and supplies.

FedEx Store

As with finding Staples locations with 3D printing services, FedEx Office has no dedicated website page for 3D printing. You’ll need to call or visit a FedEx Office location to find out if they offer this service.








Local to New York City, for the moment, this is a great neighborhood option.

What is 3D Printing?

3D Printing

Bits to Atoms: Your 3D Printing Software Options

Gartner Says Consumer 3D Printing Is More Than Five Years Away

3D Printing Doesn’t Live Up To The Hype Yet

The Sweet, Creamy Goodness of 3D Chocolate Printing From Hershey and 3D Systems

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

ABS/PLA Plastic

Slicers and 3D Software

8 Tips for 3D Printing with Sketchup

Includes a definition of “watertight” and solutions. Applies to any 3D software used to create models.


What 3D Models Print Best?

Bits to Atoms: 3D Modeling Best Practices for 3D Printing

The Essential Calibration Set

A cube you can use to calibrate your models with any 3D printer.

8 Tips for 3D Printing with Sketchup

Applies to any 3D software used to create models.

How To Make a 3D Model for 3D printing

Modeling for 3D Printing with Shapeways

3D modeling best practices to print with the Shapeways online service. Methods should work for printing on home 3D printers and other printing services.

netFabb Basic


How to Fix and Repair Your 3D Files Using Meshlab and Netfabb


A web browser-based tool to create 3D models.

How To Design & Print 3D Moving Parts In Minutes (Tinkercad)

Blender 3D Software: Noob to Pro/Avoiding Headaches Early On: Good 3D Modeling Practices

3D Modeling System Best Practices

University of Wisconsin guidelines for creating models as part of their coursework.

Unity Software Art Asset Guidelines

Guidelines used for this game creation software tool.

Prepare your model for 3D printing with SolidWorks

Dead Programming Languages

5 Programming Languages Marked for Death (

The Top 10 Dead (or Dying) Computer Skills–or-dying–computer-skills.html

The Rise and Fall of Languages in 2012

I Use Dead Programming Languages

6 Ways to Determine a New Programming Language is a Turkey


An updated list of commonly used programming languages, one way to measure the mortality of languages.

List of Programming Languages (Wikipedia)




Not Dead Yet: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Java


Floating Point Numbers

Floating Point Numbers

IEEE 754 Floating Point Number Standard

What can be done to programming languages to avoid floating point pitfalls?

Floating point arithmetics in 19 programming languages

Model Monetary Data

This tutorial shows how you handle monetary data and floating point numbers with the MongoDB database. It’s a great practical example of how coders think through the problem.

Floating Point Unit (FPU)

Floating Point Operations Per Second (FLOPS)

What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic

Language of the Month: VRML

FreeWRL VRML Viewer (Mac)

VRML Specification

VRML Tutorials




Cortona 3D Viewers

Web Color Triples

Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Lateral Thinking Puzzles (Situation Puzzles)

Paul Sloane’s list of Classic Lateral Thinking Puzzles with Answers

Examples of Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Jill Hodges Talks About Starting FireTech Camp

FireTech Camp

Two Books Teach Coding and Computer Science

JavaScript for Kids

Lauren Ipsum

Gnomes, Gnomedozers, Spoonriders, and Zen Gnomes

Sleeping Gnome

Zen Gnome

Makerbot Gnome

Gnome Dozers


Also In The February 2015 Issue

What is 3D Printing?

A basic introduction to 3D printing with concepts, examples, and a glossary of 3D terminology.

Gnomes, Gnomedozers, Spoonriders, and Zen Gnomes

Why are there so many gnomes available for 3D printing?

Jill Hodges Talks about Fire Tech Camp

An American living in the United Kingdom, Jill Hodges talks about how she started a summer technology camp for kids.

What 3D Models Print Best?

When you create a three-dimensional model for printing, it's important to know what prints well and what does not.

Two Books Teach Coding and Computer Science

One book teaches JavaScript in a fun way, the other computer science as fable.

Dead Programming Languages

Of 8500 plus programming languages, many are forgotten or lightly used enough to be called dead programming languages.

Where Can I Find Local 3D Printing Services?

It's possible to print your 3D project the same way you print a flyer at the UPS store. Here are several options.

Whatever good things we build end up building us.


The VRML language, or Virtual Reality Modeling Language, is ancient but still lets you create simple three-dimensional objects.

3D Printers

3D printers may be new technology but there are several printers individuals, schools, and businesses might buy.

February 2015 Learn More Links

Links from the bottom of all the February 2015 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

February 2015 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for December 2014 and January 2015.

Floating Point Numbers

While many people are familiar with floating point numbers in school math problems, they're very useful in computing.