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Laird Popkin
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Their web site lists filament at $28 per 600g cartridge. You can get 1 kg spools for $30 with free shipping, which is nearly 2x as much filament.

Their claim in the interview is that it's standard PLA or ABS, but let's see if it's just loaded into a cartridge for convenience, or it's DRM locked.

They have DRM all over their proprietary file format (evil!), but they can print standard STLs as well, so you can ignore the proprietary storefront, file format, etc., and just use the vastly superior (and free) Thingiverse.
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Wow, that is fast!
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Yeah, I pre-ordered the RPM nearly a year ago, and it's been painful watching the process drag out. They clearly underestimated the difference between engineering one unit and manufacturing a product at scale. And I still haven't see the RPM do any milling. But I did see one hands-on (not printing) and the frame was beautiful, so I'm still hoping that they can get it together and ship a great printer.
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And it works amazingly well with Tableau. So you can analyze HUGE data, and produce beautiful visualizations, amazingly quickly and easily. skweee!
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Tableau already connects to Hadoop.
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Spooky!
 
Spooky!
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Even spookier if something had come out of it!
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Nice job. Very clear video! If only all projects explained things as clearly as you did.

One minor suggestion: it's easier to put nuts in for T-slots if you put a finger under the slot and drop the nut in, as your finger will hold the nut in position for the screw to then go in. Holding a nut in place from the top is very hard. :-)
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Don't I know it. That's why I buy hardware in boxes of 200 (yay Amazon) so when I drop a tiny nut or screw and can't find it, I'm not stuck. :-)

Looking forward to getting the FilaWinder!
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Gabe posted a new video. It's the geekiest watch ever. And he makes a good point - most smart watches' functionality is redundant with your smart phone. But you can't do this with a phone.
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Interesting discussion of how to frame the transitions that BI is undergoing.

For example, "All the steps of BI will remain—sorting, ETL, Master Data Management (MDM) —it simply remains to be seen which technologies will be used to perform those steps."
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Math + kittens!
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Tableau is integrating with Google's BigQuery to give easy visualization of Big Data. Beautiful and fast!
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