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Love Your 4×4? Why Not Improve it with More Storage?

For most 4×4 owners, their car is a point of pride. As such, they’re always looking for ways that they can improve it. Well, as far as 4×4 accessories go, you can’t get much better than additional storage solutions. Why? Because of how much travelling you do! Why else have a 4×4 if you’re not a lover of the great outdoors and camping? That’s all part and parcel of having such an awesome vehicle. This is why in this post, we’re going to list the benefits of having extra storage!

1 – Pack smarter

Understand that the best 4×4 storage systems don’t technically create more space. However, they do make it much easier to pack! Therefore, you’ll get a great deal more into your vehicle. You see, the drawer systems do take up room, but again, that space is always utilised in a far smarter way. So, if you’ve been struggling with getting all of your camping gear into your vehicle, then you definitely need to invest in some smart drawer systems for your 4×4.

2 – Better security

If there are certain essentials that you like keeping in your car at all times, then what better a way of keeping them secure than by storing them out of sight? There are certain items that might draw attention to would-be robbers, so you don’t bother keeping them in your car. Then, when you really need them it turns out that you forgot to pack them! Well, fortunately, with a decent drawer system you can have them locked away in your car so that you’ll never have to go without. The same applies to travelling with expensive equipment; you might not want to take your laptop into the woods with you, but you may wish to use it to edit your photos and videos when you get to your next destination!

3 – Combine them with other accessories

Drawer storage systems can pair up wonderfully with a number of accessories. For example, an awesome roof rack will allow you to pack just about anything that you could possibly need! All of the smaller essentials kept securely in the drawers in your boot, and the other bulkier items strapped up top on the rack.

4 – It makes shopping easier

Remember all of those times you’ve had to pop into the store on the way home from work to buy a few bits? You’re not filling the boot with a monthly stock-up, you’re just grabbing something for dinner and a few bottles of wine. Now think of all of those times that you’ve had the bottles rattling around in the back every time you turn a corner or go over a little bump! Well, with a smart storage system, you can tuck the bags nearly into the drawers, allowing you peace of mind on the journey home! It’s the little things…

5 – Stay organised

If you love being organised and everything having its home, then you’ll love having some 4×4 drawer systems in place. Sure, this ties in rather closely with being able to pack smart. However, when you have such storage solutions, you’ll be able to remain organised when it comes to the packing and unpacking procedure!

Conclusion

There are so many benefits to kitting your 4×4 out with some drawers. So, if you’re an avid camper and you love the idea of being able to squeeze more gear into your vehicle, then this is the accessory for you!

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4 Tips to Prepare Your Staff for Company Headshots.

There are countless reasons your business would need to have some professional headshots taken. Maybe you’re having a new website made and want to include a section about the members of your team? Maybe you want email accounts to have professional looking pictures attached to them to give your team a more human appearance when corresponding with customers and clients? In any case, it is something that will include the majority of your office and will cause a significant amount of disruption in workflow for the time the pictures are going to be taken. So here are some tips that you can use to help prepare your staff for the day and minimize the impact on your companies output.

Make it morning

Booking a morning photo-shoot will make it possible to finish at around 10 am if started at around 7 am. This has a number of benefits, for a start, your staff will be fresh and not stressed from their professional responsibilities and results in far superior pictures. Secondly finishing at around 10 am will leave you and your staff with the rest of the day to complete your day to day activities.

Give it some space

Try and commit as much space as humanly possible for your staff and the photographers to work in as there will potentially be a fair number of people milling around in the room waiting for their photographs. And you will probably need to consult with your photographer about the details of your shoot as its happening, so it helps to have the space to facilitate all of this activity that will be going on.

How many pictures and of who?

Generally in the time-frame described above you would be able to squeeze in maybe 10 or 12 shots. Most photographers will set a minimum amount of shots in order to use their own time effectively. Ensure you know exactly who you want to be photographed and how you want them to present themselves in these pictures that more often than not will be representative of your entire team. Make sure that the people being photographed are aware of what is expected of them in terms of dress, style and facial expression, good professional headshots can help convey a number of different feelings when viewed so ensure that you are clear on the kind of tone you wish to set.

Be clear to the Photographer

More important than your employees understanding is the photographers understanding of exactly what needs to be done, what the pictures are being used for and how much time you have to take the shots. Ensuring that your photographer understands this prior to the shoot will assist them with minimizing time wasted and disruption to the office.

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BUSINESS, Lifestyle, TECH,

Understanding 3D printer and 3D scanner technologies

3D printing or additive manufacturing, brings those 3D models you just created with your computer aided design (CAD) module to physical form. The process layers materials, building upon each layer until the object takes a solid form. With the continued evolution over the past 30 years, 3D printing is becoming easier and more inexpensive to use in your everyday life. This additive manufacturing is making it more convenient for small businesses to produce accurate scaled prototypes that can be manufactured for the masses. Also this tech will enhance the possibilities for local on-demand manufacturing of a product, part, or tool which is needed immediately. Along with 3D printers, 3D scanners are making it easier to produce replicas of any object, from animals to buildings, there is nothing you can’t recreate. With this idea of recreating objects many educational institutions, such as the Smithsonian, have begun to 3D scan many of their exhibits, uploading these files to the Internet so that you may download the file and 3D print whatever exhibit you find fascinating. Before you rush out to purchase a 3D printer and or 3D scanner, we shall discuss some of the technologies that are on the market.

 

3D Printers

We begin first, with 3D printers and understanding what types of printers there are and what type of material matter they use. There are seven different technologies that make up 3D printing: Material extrusion, vat photo polymerization, material jetting, binder jetting, powder bed fusing, direct energy deposition, and lastly sheet lamination. The most commonly used technology for consumer use, is material extrusion. It is by far the least expensive and most developed of the technologies. Material extrusion uses a process of heating and extruding thermoplastic filaments, layering the material as it builds your object from the base up. We shall now move onto 3D scanner technology.

 

3D Scanners

3D scanner technology was the largest set back with the advancement of 3D printing. Although that is now changing day by day, and many companies are placing more time and money into research and development of 3D scanners. The two main forms of 3D scanner technologies are short-range laser triangulation and mid-and long range laser pulse-based 3D scanners. Short-range laser technology is going to be the least expensive and is being used to develop handheld scanners. This short-range laser is mostly accurate to about one meter in distance. This laser triangulation often needs less prep time to set up with more movability around an object. However there are some disadvantages to this technology such as the loss of accuracy and resolution. Over all this technology is more user friendly and you will be able to find it at a less expensive price point. Mid and long range laser pulse-based technology uses the speed of light and the return rate to scan objects. This technology has a focal range anywhere from two to one hundred meters allowing you to scan almost anything you wish to make into a 3D mould. There are a few problems, because the laser is so far away from the object the accuracy rate is lower, and this makes for a slower acquisition rate of data, thus taking more time to scan your object.  Also these mid-and long range laser pulse scanners are way more expensive than the other technology.

Now that we have some idea of the technologies that are available for consumer use, we can begin to shop around and find the best printer and scanner that fits our 3D printing needs. You can find many of these 3D printers and 3D scanners here. Feel free to take a look.

 

3D Scanner and Printer Overview

Vat photo polymerization was the first technology to arise in the 1980s. This process fills a vat with liquid plastics and then solidifies the layers through a heat through either a UV laser or other light sources. Vat photo polymerization is still widely used to produce accurate scaled prototypes worldwide, but it is very expensive due to the material resin it uses. Material jetting is the technological process of layering a spray liquid through a print head and solidifying it through UV light exposure. This spectacular and colorful technology is still very expensive, but with time and development should come down in price. Binder jetting technology is a print head that sprays a glue like substance selectively over consecutive layers of powder. The print heads may also spray color onto the object allowing for a fine burst of color. Still this technology is a bit out of reach due to its price point. Powder bed fusion is expensive and very hard to master. The process uses a heat source to selectively join consecutive powder layers. Direct energy deposition technology builds 3D models by heating the building powder as it is deposited into position. The interesting thing about this tech is that it not only has the ability to create new objects but also to completely repair broken tools or objects by fusing them back together.

HOME IMPROVEMENT, TECH,

Installing a TV Aerial

Whilst the work itself can be entirely achievable for a savvy DIY person, it will regularly involve working in an elevated position such as being on the roof of your property. Due to this, you must use extreme caution at all times and ensure that you have the relevant safety equipment beforehand. Additionally, it must be noted that whilst some installations are reasonably simple some may require detailed technical knowledge and specific tools so if you are unsure of anything make sure to contact a trained specialist. Antenna installation will alleviate any of these concerns but if you feel capable and willing to attempt the work yourself, we will look at a few key pieces of advice to make the work simpler.

Location

This can be one of the most important factors for determining the overall performance of your TV aerial. Different locations will receive different strengths of signal and if you live in an area with poor reception then choosing the correct location will be key to receiving the quality picture you would expect. The best location is having the aerial installed on the roof. Alternatively, you could place it within the loft where it will be sheltered from the elements. The standard of reception received will generally deteriorate the lower it is mounted so make sure to check the quality of the incoming signal to help you determine which location would be best.

Roof Mounting

Roof top aerials provide the best performance due to their elevated position and the lack of obstacles blocking their path. The higher the antenna mast reaches then the stronger the received signal will be. This, however, needs to be weighed up against the potential damage that the elements can cause to high masts as they can be battered by winds or tree branches etc. If an aerial can be mounted onto a gable wall it should prove to be reasonably simple whereas the chimney stack can be the most complicated. You will need a bracket to fix the mast to the building or chimney and a lashing kit to tie it in place. Always attempt to spread the load and use multiple brackets as one will cause excessive strain on the mast. When drilling into the building its best to always try to drill into the centre of the bricks and never use the uppermost three bricks. Test a number of positions before starting any installation work because a position that looks ideal to fit an aerial to may not provide the best signal. Test it before you begin to avoid undoing your hard work.

Loft Installation

If you have a reasonably strong signal in your area, then a loft aerial should suffice. It is possibly worth checking if this will work or not as it is generally simpler and safer to do than getting up on the roof. What you need to consider when installing a loft aerial is whether you have a metal roof. If this is the case, it will not work. Try moving the aerial around the loft to see what position is providing the best picture. Remember also to factor in where you place it if you use the loft space efficiently. It needs to be out of the way so you do not damage it so certain locations may not be particularly practical. As well as this, TV aerials are often much bigger than you think and they might take up more space than you first imagined.