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Combining 3D Printed Models with Laser-Cut Parts

Sean shares one of his personal projects: a LEGO-inspired computer console that's based off of the classic blue LEGO computer brick. He originally designed it to be purely 3D-printed, but has been experimenting with using laser cutting to replace some of its parts. Here are some of his lessons learned from combining 3D printing with laser cutting on our Universal Systems laser cutter.

Animating Stop-Motion Characters at Aardman Animations

Adam Savage visits the animation offices at Aardman, where Will Becher, Animation Director of Early Man walks us through the development of the film's characters. We learn how the personalities of the characters were developed, brought to life, and kept consistent through the filming process. Watch the trailer for Aardman Animations' Early Man here.

Science in Progress: D-I-Y Home Centrifuge

Centrifuges are typically found in the lab, but with this 3D printed design, we can tap into its awesome power in the home! Kishore and Indre bring in our 3D printing expert to help make this kit work, and put some centripetal force on some fruit.

Show and Tell: Fat Shark 101 FPV Quadcopter

We take the new Fat Shark 101 quadcopter for a spin to see if this ready-to-fly system can be a good entry point for FPV drone racing. Fat Shark puts quadcopter, transmitter, and FPV goggles in one package that works outside the box, but its features may be too limiting for drone fans.

Google Play App Roundup: Cake, Game Dev Tycoon, and A Hollow Doorway

There was a time when the Google Play Store was lacking in content. The only benefit was that it was easy to find the handful of great apps on the platform. Now there are many, many apps, and quite a few of them are good. Now the best way to find them is to check our Google Play App Roundup. Every week we bring you the best new, and newly updated app in the store. Just click the links to head right to the Google Play Store and download everything for yourself.

Cake

All your standard browsers work in more or less the same way, but what if that way isn't ideal for mobile? Cake is a new browser that claims to be designed with mobile in mind. In some ways it's like a "regular" browser, but search is all swipeable. You just page through results instead of using the regular search page, which could be a real time saver.

When launched, Cake offers a text entry field where you can input a URL or search term. Should you want to search, Cake offers trending results right below the field. After you search, the first result (via your choice of Google or Bing) loads in a new tab. Swipe to the right, and you get the next search result. These pages are already loaded, so there's no waiting as you move from one to the next.

Cake loads the top ten results in this swipeable interface. If one of these is the page you want, you can begin scrolling up and down as you normally would. In the event one of the top ten results isn't right, you can go back to the first page and swipe to the left. That's where the standard search results page lives. In my testing, I've found the swipeable UI to be good for basic searches. If you're looking for a very specific page, it's easier to look at the regular results and tap the link you want.

There's a persistent bar at the bottom of the screen with quick access to features like bookmarks and tabs, but there's also a big search button right in the middle. That brings up search categories like videos and images, so these more specific searches work with the swipeable interface.

When you're looking a regular web page, Cake works like most browsers. You can add bookmarks, open links in new tabs, and so on. There's also built-in ad-blocking. One thing I will note, the overall experience is a bit sluggish. This is most noticeable when you're in the search interface, which I assume has something to do with loading all those results at the same time. However, even a single page has a touch of lag when scrolling.

If the developers can optimize a little more, Cake could be a cool alternative to Chrome or Firefox.

Bits to Atoms: Painting the Spooky Space Kook!

In this bonus episode of Bits to Atoms, watch the full painting and finishing process for the Spooky Space Kook animatronic mod, guided by modelmaker Kayte Sabicer. Kayte walks Sean through prep and painting, explaining tips and techniques of each step so you can follow along with your own projects.

Adam Savage Meets Early Man Director Nick Park!

While visiting Aardman Animations, Adam Savage meets up with Nick Park, director of the Wallace and Gromit films, Chicken Run, and Early Man! Adam chats with Nick about the stop-motion filmmaking process and how the various teams at Aardman work together to make feature-length stop-motion stories.