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I've been reading a bit on what to do with that ground connector on the side of my K40. I'm in the US and a condo in an old factory-type place like 100 years old that was totally gutted & rebuilt maybe 12-13 years ago.

2 questions from somebody that really does not know electronics.

1: I'm nearly positive that the electrical here is all up to recent spec and that that 3rd prong on the cord will be grounded. Is there anything easy & safe that I can do to confirm this?

2: The back of the machine looks like it has 2 switched outlets. I'm guessing that when I power the machine on, these also get power. Both of these 2-prong plugs. Would it make sense to convert these to 3-prong plugs and tie the 3rd to the ground so everything is common? Possibly a stupid question - I really have no idea.

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+Dave Durant I have switches on my air assist and vacuumn as I do not want them on all the time and for every job. The pump, pointer led and cabinet light I turn on with the main switch. The pump being left off kills the tube so I would rather burn out a pump than a tube.
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Bacon-Wrapped Egg Breakfast Bites: Cook them ahead and skip the dirty dishes in the morning.
This sort of redefines the term ‘bacon and eggs for breakfast’. Each egg muffin is wrapped with one piece of bacon, and baked in muffin tins. This makes a perfect breakfast for any morning.See variations on this recipe in the last step.
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Mmnnmm.. Special new years feasting.. 
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Hehe. Well, that's fine. I'd be better served learning to do it myself in Blender anyway. (I'd do it in SolidWorks (where I'm proficient), but SolidWorks is the wrong kind of modeler.)
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Woah..

Even doubled checked to make sure it's not April 1 today (it's not).
 
Liquid water flows on present-day Mars! Researchers using our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious dark streaks are seen on the Red Planet. Scientists say it’s likely a shallow subsurface flow, with enough water wicking to the surface to explain the darkening. This is a significant science discovery on our quest to send humans on a #JourneyToMars. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1Lh2IvA 
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Achievement unlocked: Pope traffic survived!
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Hi all. Total newbie here. Just ordered a K40 yesterday - xmas comes early!

I saw this over at Kickstarter but don't see much more info anywhere.

"Since most of the usable pins of the LPC chip has been broken out on the Re-ARM, you can use it for other purposes. Like a custom shield to upgrade the K40 Laser to smoothie and control it using LaserWeb by Peter van der Walt. How about a CNC shield that uses external drivers? You can create your own shields to fit your motion control needs.

K40 is a low cost(< $400) Laser engraver that can be modified to perform like more expensive machines by using Smoothieware and Laserweb. The Re-ARM plus the K40 shield allows an easy upgrade. There is an active G+ community dedicated to K40 Laser modifications that can be found (link). "

Anybody have thoughts on this new controller from kickstarter or info on where I can find a "K40 shield"?

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Shot in the ARM for 3D printers, CNC machines and Laser cutters running on RAMPS Controllers.
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+Benjamin Mitchell, I asked about that in the KS comments and he said it was still in testing and should be reading in a few weeks. We're just past that few weeks so hopefully there will be more news coming soon.. 
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Mmm... Fresh tofu appetizer. And by fresh, they mean it still cooking.. 
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After a bit over 26 years, this is my last week at Stratus.

Is the grass really greener? I'm hoping so...
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Wow! Just walking down the street and there he was! The Pope! Just standing there on the sidewalk. What are the chances?? 
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Was he waning? (Or just waxing...) heh
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So... Who's going to MF:NYC next weekend? 
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I'll be there! 
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