In this video, Adam Savage extols the virtues of a blow dryer as a useful shop tool. Whether you use a salon-type dryer or an industrial heat gun, having deliverable heat in the shop is a game-changer. Adam, whose tool-tastes run on the expensive side, recommends a dryer that’s $50, but you can get one that’s just as good for half that price.
But the real tip he’s sharing here is not just about the dryer, it’s using it (and a cardboard box) to create an oven for quickly drying primers, paints, etc. He’s also just discovered using Bondo Filler Primer for 3D prints. He applies this is many layers. Not wanting to wait for it to air-dry, or to hold the dryer, he simply puts the object inside of an overturned box, cuts a hole in the box, and shoves in the dryer. Fancy!
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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