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Comment: Re:What's next? (Score 1) 717

by phaggood (#43641957) Attached to: The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired
A recent article on bringing back the Saturn V J-1 engine mentions how 3D printing has enabled them to reduce the part count for some components from 5,600 parts to just 40; thus *vastly* simplifying (ie *MORE* simple, not 'now anyone can do it') the building of this engine.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/04/how-nasa-brought-the-monstrous-f-1-moon-rocket-back-to-life/3/

Comment: Re:Build? (Score 3, Insightful) 56

by phaggood (#42882919) Attached to: DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build
> No, never ever claim that around EE graduates. We despise things like this being called "building"

Never, ever claim it's 'cooking' unless you graduated a French cooking school!

Never, ever claim you taught something unless you have an education degree.

Never, ever claim you improved cleaned a room unless you've gotten the dust levels down to some ridiculous clean-room PPM.

Never, ever claim its 'programming' unless you're doing it in binary.

Geez, anal much?

Comment: Re:actually interesting project (Score 1) 56

by phaggood (#42881813) Attached to: DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build
I'm thinking of a more educational use; Curiosity landed on Mars a few months ago and I think it would have been the awesome-est STEM-related outcome had hundreds of thousands of middle-school kids been able to take a break from their standardized test reprogramming, er, studying and instead they got a $200 kit to remotely 'explore' the alien landscape that is the dirt patch behind the school.

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