Mike Hepburn

  1. Tips for maintaining your laser cutter/engraver

    Tips for maintaining your laser cutter/engraver

    Proper and consistent maintenance of your laser cutter/engraver will enhance the longevity of the machine, ensuring it can perform at an optimal level, while keeping replacement parts costs down. The intensity of the laser cutting process constantly creates fumes, smoke and debris. Together, these create a build-up of dirt within your machine and its accessories. This accumulation can cause system...
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  2. Everything You Need to Know About Hand Files

    Everything You Need to Know About Hand Files

    The humble hand file has been the tool of choice for smoothing, honing, cleaning and deburring various materials since the Stone Age. Today, hand files are now generally made from high carbon steel and come in many shapes and sizes, making them fit for a multitude of purposes. A file has the following main parts: Tang- A plastic or wooden handle...
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  3. Ways of reducing hazardous dust in your workshop

    Ways of reducing hazardous dust in your workshop

    Dust is a constant and enormous health risk in all lines of industrial work, including the school workshop. You may not be able to see it, but microscopic particles of silica, wood, asbestos and other nasties can travel deep into your lungs, leading to potential long-term diseases. Therefore, knowing how to handle hazardous dust in the workshop is extremely important...
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  4. The Next Generation UP300 3D Printer – now with 12 Filament Rolls Free (for a short time)

    The Next Generation UP300 3D Printer – now with 12 Filament Rolls Free (for a short time)

    The outstanding UP300 3D printer is targeted for users demanding a large build volume and consistent performance across different materials. Material Specific Print HeadsPrint with different print heads optimised for different materials, ensuring you get only the cleanest prints on your UP300 3D printer. One is for ABS and other high temperature filaments, one for lower temperature filaments such as...
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  5. To Boldly Go… The future of 3D Printing - in Space!

    To Boldly Go… The future of 3D Printing - in Space!

    Science Fiction is rapidly becoming Science Fact, thanks in part to those technical wizards in the space industry. We have all benefited from the spoils of the decades-long space race, because of the incredibly useful products and procedures it has spawned.  Many familiar products can be either directly or indirectly contributed to space technology research and development, such as: Camera...
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  6. System7 Benches Eat Other Benches for Breakfast

    System7 Benches Eat Other Benches for Breakfast

    https://youtu.be/1d09dmDuWUE When the System7 design crew first gathered around to discuss their next generation of workbenches, one of the main considerations was to make them the strongest on the world market. The benches also had to adhere to government regulations. They had to be suitable for a wide range of students, including the wheelchair bound. They had to be made...
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  7. What is Industry 4.0, and how will it affect the future of teaching?

    What is Industry 4.0, and how will it affect the future of teaching?

    Industry 4.0 is the fourth industrial revolution, and it is happening now! The first industrial revolution emerged in the 18th Century, and saw the rise of factory production, which included mechanisation, steam power and water power. This was followed by the second industrial revolution in the 19th Century, which revolved around mass production and assembly lines using electricity. In the...
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  8. What is the Best Air Purifier for Schools? | The Battle against COVID-19 in the Classroom

    What is the Best Air Purifier for Schools? | The Battle against COVID-19 in the Classroom

    Thanks to the Omicron variant, COVID-19 is making a major resurgence - just in time for the new school year. Consequently schools are looking for the best strategies to protect students and staff. One of these strategies is the use of HEPA air purifiers in the classroom. In support of this, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control...
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  9. 8 sure-fire strategies to increase student engagement

    8 sure-fire strategies to increase student engagement

    Do your students need a little boost to keep them engaged and eager to participate in your learning activities? Below are 8 strategies that aim to encourage better classroom engagement. I know the temptation of dumping those large chunks of critical Curriculum. After all, you know your stuff backwards, and you want our future Captains of industry to benefit from...
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