How to build a prototype? And what 3D printer to use for an entry level designer?

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Building a prototype is one of the activities that being practiced by physical form designers. The process of building a prototype involve serious commitment of time, whether it is a simple product (phone casing) or a full-fledge quadcopter.

Depending on the purpose of the prototype, a designer can choose from several methods available. There exists some prototype such as ‘visual prototype’, ‘form study prototype’ or ‘proof of concept prototype’.

When focusing on designing physical objects, the most versatile method to come to the realization of the prototypes above is the 3D printing technology. One might argue that for visual and form study prototype, a low cost clay can be used. However since the visual and form study prototype are mostly can be done via computer-aided-design software. Through the use of 3D printing technology, one can instantly proof the concept of a new design could work via its physical movements and validating its use instantly.

Recommended 3D Printers.

I’d say from my experience, I would recommend Flashforge line of products. The one that I’m currently using is the FlashForge Creator. It’s inexpensive, sturdy and for this one and a half year I have been using them everyday to build my working quadrotor/tricopter vehicle without fail.

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Goodbye Linode

Recently, I’ve been bombarded with the notifications saying that my disk io rate treshold usage has exceeded certain amount up to 55819/1000. By that time, I only have one self-hosted wordpress blog.

I have been a Linode user since March 2013, therefore it has been more than a year an a half before I pulled the plug.

It has been a nice ride, learning how to set-up a hosting server using ubuntu, doing upgrades like a pro sysadmin, hacking through terminal and so on. I’ll miss that and probably I’ll come back later.

It was just me. At this point in life, I just want to focus on writing my blog. So, goodbye Linode, you have been great.