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Thinking my way toward the ideal sheet metal brake.

a generic pan.

There is a term called “paralysis by analysis”. It is the trap a person can fall into trying to create perfect and never getting anything done. However, there is also a term for going out and purchasing something that sounds great, and then finding it will not do the job. It

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A problem with scaling, and the popsicle stick project

Picture 1: Getting a feel for the strength of glued popsicle sticks

The whole idea of working with popsicle sticks was that they are relatively inexpensive and require little work space. I thought that it may be helpful to people little money and space to work with something to get some experience designing and

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Episode 59 – Final Discussion of the Hammock Boat.

The Hammock Boat has been a very good exercise in learning many things, but this is the wrap-up post on it. I don’t consider this really “done” until one is built, but I have done enough by the completion of this episode to decide for certain that I have no interest in building it. However,

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Episode 058 – Thinking through design problems of the Hammock Boat.

In Episode 53 we talked about a Hammock boat. In some other episodes we talked about the buoyancy of PVC pipe to create the pontoons. In this episode we discuss the other problems we may have with this boat and things to be aware of.

First, the announcements: I checked the e-mail subscription thing –

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Episode 55 – Assumptions

$100 invested over time at various interest rates

In this podcast I discuss assumptions and how they are often hidden and can often mess up your day and your design. Assumptions are everywhere and usually they are not mentioned. The worse case of the problem is if these are hidden in a software algorithm

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