Our Beta Test and Review of the Xyz Printing Davinci Jr. 2.0 Mix Printer.

We recently had the opportunity to test and review, beta test the Davinci Jr. 2.0 mix. This product is the company’s one of the newly released plus series 3D printers in the market. The physical appearance of the printer is very similar to the da Vinci Jr. 1.0. If you have limited experience with 3D printing or even if you are experienced it is an excellent choice too, I recommend you to adopt one of these cool printers.It is a decent  printer at an affordable price range and it offers many filament colors.
We found their software, Xyzware to be easy to use, and reliable. The output quality is very nice, actually better than most of the other printers that we have tested and reviewed. We like the design of the printer, it is cosmetically appealing, solid and it is solid in design. The set up was easy to do. The software, and wifi set up is relatively easy. It uses only the Xyz filament, which ensures that it works well, and with their equipment. It would be cool to be able to use other filament, but not a really big issue. The support is also quite decent from Xyz and their folks. Overall we recommend the printer to schools, families and small businesses. We really liked the ability to mix colors or print more than one color at a time too. It would be cool to have a full color version at some point.

We really liked the printer overall.

The only downside is that your have to use filament that is from XYZ Printing only and can not use open source filament.

It uses XYZware which we found to work well, especially for color mixing and printing.

Some folks like Cura, Simplify and Slicr, but overall we liked XYZware and it got the job done in an easy and efficient manner.

We wish that the printer could connect to wifi from the device, it uses a 2 step process, that works but could have been easier.

We definitely were impressed by the printer, its’ design and the output quality was better than most 3d printers that we have tested and reviewed in the last few years.

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Product Information

Product Dimensions 23.1 x 20 x 18.7 inches
Item Weight 35 pounds
Shipping Weight 35 pounds
Manufacturer XYZprinting, Inc.
ASIN B01NBVL966
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number 3F2JWXUS00D
Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Date first available at Amazon.com January 16, 2017

 

This is an unbiased, unpaid review!

 

 

See our youtube video collage as well on the cool printer:

Watch this video on YouTube.

Our amazon Review of the Davinci Jr. 2.,0 Mix

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Our 6 year Anniversary was 1/11/2017–Thanks to our readers and Supporters!!!

We started as a news site and have also been trying to help education and autism since 1/11/2011.

We have now been on the web for 6 years.

Thank you to all our readers, listeners, viewers and supporters.

Our purpose on the web is to report news:

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I am also the aspie, army vet father of 3 with autism as well.

We also are trying to give back to help education, special education, veterans and autism too!

We appreciate our friends supporters and friends and hope you stick with us in the years in front of us!

Thanks to our supporters we now have about 1.5 million impressions on twitter, and many tens of thousands of connections on social channels.

We also do local events to help education too involving 3d printing, drones and other tech too.

If anyone needs products tested, reviewed or beta tested please keep us in mind.

I am an educated, experienced, relatively bright tech nerd who has a passion for technology and wants be the change in the world to make it a better place.

Let’s have faith and make the best of 2017!

Sincerely,

 

David Berkowitz

President/Chief Blogger

Technewszone.com

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My ode to Thanksgiving 2016!

 

 

I would to take a moment to give thanks to my Family, and followers. I hope to finally achieve my goal of helping people with autism soon.

Our interest stems from the fact that I have asperger’s as do my children. I have a vested interest in making a difference.

I would love to be in the audience for Ellen’s 12 days of Xmas, despite being Jewish we could share the gifts to help people!!

Watch this video on YouTube.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/240108?a=1433442

I hope for the best for my family and yours as well.

If anyone knows Ellen please tell her about us!!

Our efforts to help education and autism via 3d printing and technology!

Watch this video on YouTube.

TechNewsZone.com, and we are  currently in pending non-profit status. I am David and our  company seeks to help by donating technology, time, and care to people and families affected by autism. One of his biggest interests is in the 3D printing industry. 3D printing is the perfect blend of art and science, and presents a fantastic way for anyone with forms of educational disabilities to gain an interest in technology and get involved in their community.ProMolt 3D and Technewszone 3D printingWe are using ProMolt 3D filament on an Orion Delta 3D printer to bring learning to life to those with educational disabilities.We recently received 3 other printers to help our efforts and review.

We have a Hatchbox 3d Alpha:
A Upbox Mini 2:

and a Wanhao I3 Plus:

and a Afinibot A5!

If anyone want us to do a free or for donation event in Southern Nevada please let me know.

Last year, TechNewsZone was able to partner with Robo3D to donate one of their 3D printers to a local special education teacher. David has run many events with special education classes, as well as with his local Girl Scouts of America branch. The impact of sparking interest in young minds can’t be understated – the 3D printing industry is going to reach amazing heights in the next decade and it will be pushed even further by the kids that David works so hard to inspire!David is a skilled 3D printer, and writes many reviews on his site and keeps the autism community up-to-date on the latest, greatest trends via his Twitter account. To learn more about how you could help David and TechNewsZone.com make a difference in the lives of people with autism, check out his donor page and his mission statement. To see his thoughts on ProMolt 3D PLA filament, check out his reviews page and make sure you share his message on Facebook and Twitter.Full Article--> Link 

 

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Interdrone 2016 Highlights and our favorite drones!

We had the opportunity to cover the recent Interdrone 2016. We are into technology and are huge huge fans of drones.Our first impression of the show was from a Key Note by Chris Anderson from 3d Robotics(3DR).

 : He spoke in reference to control of drones and processing of data via the cloud. He also said that the future would bring drones for a variety of uses from security to delivery and for emergency life saving usage as well.

A bit of information on Chris Anderson:

Chris is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired, he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York. Chris is the author of the New York Times bestselling books “The Long Tail” and “Free” as well as the new “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.” Chris also founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time. His background is in science, starting with studying physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science. He now lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and five children.

In terms of the show and its technology we were impressed by Powervisions Poweregg.

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Watch this video on YouTube.

We love would do get one to review and help education and autism too. We like the folding propellers as well as its’ innovative design. It reminded us of the Flying Robot Eve from the Wallee movie. They also had a more high end drone that competes with the DJI Inspire line of drones as well. It is the Powereye PowerVision PowerEye

 

The next interesting and orange drone was the Autel Robotics XStar Premium drone  which we also found to be impressive in terms of its’ design, and features.

Here is a video of it operation:

Watch this video on YouTube.

We also had the opportunity to talk with the folks from Teal, who were showing the worlds fastest production drone:


Watch this video on YouTube.

At only 18 years old, George Matus is the CEO of his own drone and software company, Teal, which sells the fastest consumer drone in the world.

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Teal is powered by the NVIDIA TX1, a crazy powerful mini supercomputer. It handles machine learning, autonomous flight, image recognition, and much more with ease, onboard the drone itself. This makes Teal a flying supercomputer. You can even plug Teal into a monitor, use it like a normal computer, play games on it, and go fly when you want!

Finally, we had the opportunity to visit with the folks at Yuneec(Pronounced like unique)

Though Yuneec offers a variety of drones for this article we found the most interesting one to be the Breeze due its’ size and the fact that it was unique from its’ competition in terms of its’s size and design.

According to Yuneec:

Introducing Breeze, the flying camera designed with you in mind. Both convenient and compact, Breeze is controlled by your iOS or Android device with the Breeze Cam app and weighs just under 1 pound. Now capture aerial photos and video of your daily adventures effortlessly– and do it in stunning 4K Ultra High Definition. Simply take Breeze out of the box and let it fly.

Overall we found the size and design, and the 4k video capabilities of the Breeze to be rather compelling. We would love to get one to test and review and do events for education and autism too. It also seems to be at an excellent price point as well.

 

Watch this video on YouTube.

Our overall impression of this years Interdrone event were really positive. The show and technology has advanced quite a bit in the last 12 months. We are huge fans of drones and their capabilities. We are trying to use drones and 3d printing to do events to help stem education and autism! We covered some of the highlights of the show and what we were intrigued by at the show.
The only downside to the show is that 3dr and DJI were not exhibiting at the show, we would have liked to have sen them at the show as well.

Cetus 3d Kickstarter–>A Nice device for the price!

We are rather impressed by the new Cetus 3d Printer.

We have been talking with their team on social channels and may get one to test, review and do some videos on.

If we do get one will use it to help our educational and autism events and programs too!

Link to Cetus3d

 

 

Specifications:

Printer dimensions: 265 x 275 x 265 mm
Print volume: 180 x 180 x 180 mm
Layer thickness: 0.05 – 0.35 mm
Platform leveling: Manual alignment, software-assisted leveling
Operating systems: Windows 7/8/10, Mac
Print technology: Melted extrusion modeling (MEM)
Material: Designed for PLA but open to other materials
All three axes are controlled with high-quality linear bearings that the start-up maintains provides excellent print quality. It comes with a self-levelling bed and it’s also virtually silent.

Despite its minimalism, there’s a lot that the Cetus can do. It offers three different fast-change nozzle size options of 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6 mm, and a specially designed adhesive coating allows for good first layer adhesion along with easy print removal. It’s pre-calibrated and can be used right out of the box via either USB or Wi-Fi, and its bundled Cetus Software (also available as an iOS app) offers 2D to 3D conversion, blackout recovery and automatic support generation.

 

The device allows wireless access as well–>

We are looking forward to it being on Kickstarter and will update this article soon!

Link to Cetus3d

 

 

Cool 3d Printer on Kickstarter Worth Backing–>Big Bot!

I noticed this kickstarter project yesterday. We are huge fans of 3d printing and are trying to use it to help stem education and autism too. We are huge advocates for 3d printing and really love it. Please check out this project and back it if you can!

One of our missions is to help get new products to market that we find to be exciting and appear to be solid viable entrants to the market.
We are really impressed by this new, exciting 3d printer and like that it can print really large objects. We also like that the based does not move, just the print head. This is alot like a delta printer which we are also fans of. The fact that the object does not move as much would help it print smoother and in better quality as well.
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Watch this video on YouTube.

The skinny on specifications:
BigBot printers are premium 3D printers, tailored specifically for larger 3D printed parts:

Dual extruder options allow for multiple colors or materials.
E3D V6 Volcano-style hot ends allow a wide range of filaments to be printed with interchangeable nozzle diameters.
Large diameter nozzles are available to enable larger prints to print faster, while smaller nozzles are available for highly detailed prints.
LCD control with SD card reader enables printing without a USB connection and control from a computer (but can still be controlled by computer via USB).
High voltage motor and extruder power enable fast travel despite the larger build platform.
High power heated build plate brings the larger bed to 95C, enabling optimal bed adhesion.
Replacement parts are standardized, and readily available.
Open source firmware and hardware allow customization to suit specific needs.
Open work space allow for easy access to work for easy part removal and cleanup.
Durable ball bearings and hardened chromed steel rods ensure long term durability.
Filament feeds with minimal effort and high reliability while accommodating almost all filament spool sizes.
3mm thick aluminum build platform is significantly more durable than glass build plates and distribute heat well.
Project status: ready to supply production kits.
These printer kits are ready to be made and shipped to backers! Our BigBot printer kits have been fully tested and component supply has been validated for cost, quality, and demand. A successful kickstarter campaign enables bulk material ordering for affordable, large format 3D printer kits.

With successful funding, in addition to our kits we will supply users with:

High quality build instructions
30 day warranty against defective items
Large print instructional(s)
Open-source part models for recreating the printers
A website dedicated to BigBot printers which will include support for all hardware and software
This is in addition to the ever-growing, open source community support behind RepRap 3D prints, of which these printers are fully compatible.

We are impressed and hope these guys make it and get funded!

We are huge fans of reprap, and opensource 3d printing as well!

Hatchbox3d Filament loved it!

We recently had the opportunity to test and review Hatchbox3d Filament!

Hatchbox 3d

They also have a cool printer that we would love to test, review, and use to help education and autism, are intrigued by it.

As far as filament–>

We got to try a few varieties of their filament, some ABS, Some PLA and some Glass.

 

We used them on an Einstart -S, and a Seemecnc Delta Orion printer.

In nearly every situation the filament performed well. We are really impressed by the huge variety of colors and how well the filament performed overall.

According to Hatchbox3d:

From professional engineers to designers and hobbyists alike, enter into the world of HATCHBOX for endless opportunities of innovation and design in 3D printing. Our extensive collection of filaments caters to a variety of applications suitable for home, business, and anything your creative intellect aspires. Our distinguished craftsmanship is what makes us unique and sets us at the forefront of the competition. For consistency in quality, variety in selection, and affordability in pricing, HATCHBOX is here to provide you with the ultimate 3D printing filament solution. We encourage you to join our 3D printing community and share your vision in shaping and designing the future

We used some for a cub scout event back in May and it performed well.

In testing of the 1.75mm PLA filament and Glass Filament worked well even on a non-heated acrylic bed and all 3 types the ABS, PLA and Glass Filament performed well on a heated bed with the Seemecnc Delta Printer that we had on loan for a while.

It would probably perform as well on Hatchbox3d’s Delta Printer as well.

For more information go to Hatchbox3d’s site!

Would we recommend their filament to folks that need filament, of course we would we were rather impressed by their products!

The interesting and innovative Mocaheart Device by Mocacare!

We recently received a Mocaheart from Mocacare.

It is  an all-in-one smart heart tracker
that measures heart rate, blood oxygen,
and blood flow with a quick scan of your thumbs.

About Mocacare:

Here at MOCACARE, we’re driven by a vision to combine health, technology, design, and comfort. Our goal is simple – to make caring for health an easy, intuitive, and reliable experience.

Established in 2013, MOCACARE is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and has an engineering center in Taipei, Taiwan. With our international team of scientists, engineers, designers, physicians, and business leaders from Stanford University, California College of the Arts, and UCSF, we’re empowering people to care for their health every day.

MOCAheart was born from an urging need. We noticed that beyond finding an easier way to take care of their health, our loved ones also wanted a better way to care for each other. Using personal life experiences, human-centered design principles, and the latest heart health technology, we’ve created a health companion that enhances the connection between you, your health, and your loved ones.

Our impressions:

Overview:

There a variety of heart monitoring applications available for Android and IOS.

We found the Mocaheart device to be above the crowd in it’s ease of use, the quality of and utility of the application.

It worked well, and was easy to use.

Setup: 

The device was really easy to set up on the Iphone and from my understanding it is just as easy on Android devices.

The Mocaheart came with the batteries installed that were needed to operate it. To get it ready all one has to do is turn it on, pair to you devices bluetooth, and download the free application. It worked right out of the box the first time and every time We used it.

Why Use it!

According to the news and television and various other news media as well as my doctor, the threat of heart disease is on the rise world wide.

It is wise to keep track of your own health, especially heart health. The Mocaheart allows you to monitor and gauge your level of heart health on a regular basis.

With the Apple Iphone the Mocaheart device integrates with the health application present in IOS, as well as being able to be used with its own application.

The application as seen above is clear and easy to read, and understand. It allows you to use the Mocaheart and know your level of heart health, though it is recommended to see your doctor on a regular basis as well.

 

We were rather impressed by the device, its’ design, and its’ operation, ease of use and the application as well.

If you would like to get one of these cool wee devices you can check one out on Amazon!

In the Media

“The Future just happened” – Boehringer Ingelheim
For a product that started on Kickstarter

We would definitely recommend the Mocaheart for anyone that wants to track their heart health, in a nice easy, portable device!

Here is a nice overview video from youtube:

Watch this video on YouTube.

Four Useful Suggestions for Using Local SEO Keywords in Your Small Business Website’s Design

One of the hottest trends in web design is the use of local SEO keywords that are designed to attract more nearby customers to a firm’s products and services. Using these keywords in your website is worthwhile because they offer an economical way to attract new customers that are simple to customize.

Here are four useful suggestions for using local SEO strategies in your website’s design that can help you successfully incorporate these keywords into your website’s design:

Use Keywords That Describe Your Firm’s Location
Using keywords that describe your firm’s location is vital because it simplifies the process of choosing suitable local SEO strategies for your target audience. Here are some useful suggestions that make choosing the best location-based keywords for your website easier:

Try to mention the city where your firm is located on the main page of your website and on web pages that describe what you sell.
Don’t forget to mention your firm’s address on web pages that describe your products, return policies, and shipping procedures.
Try to add information about your firm’s neighborhood in web pages that build your customers’ trust and loyalty.

Use Keywords That Accurately Describe What Your Firm Sells
Accurately describing what your firm sells is important because it can help your firm choose local SEO keywords that attract a larger audience. This is especially useful if you sell specialty products in niche markets because it can help you use localized keyword phrases more efficiently to reach out to consumers who buy these products on a regular basis.

Try to Use Grammatically Correct Keyword Phrases
It is tempting to use grammatically incorrect SEO keyword phrases because they are often easier to optimize for search engines. However, it is often better to use grammatically correct keywords because they let you create a more professional look for your website that encourages your customers to engage more closely with your products and services.
This is especially useful if you want to improve your firm’s online presence because many consumers prefer visiting websites that have a professional look and tone.

Use These Keywords Sparingly Throughout Your Website
It’s a bad idea to add a lot of local SEO keywords to your website because most search engines penalize websites that use too many keywords by lowering their rankings. An easy way to avoid this problem is to use local SEO keywords once or twice on each page of your website. This is an ideal way to use local SEO keywords because most search engines allow users to devote up to 3 percent of their website’s written content to keywords and keyword phrases.

As you can see, adding local SEO keywords to your small business’s website is easier if you remember to use them in creative ways that accurately describe what you sell and where you are located. Feel free to use this article as a guide that can help you get started using local SEO keywords in this manner in your next small business web design project.