Just a perfect 3D printing, 3D designing, 3D playing day.

A combination of software (Windows, or via browser), hardware and services that work together if you want to enter the 3D Printing or designing arena. There are a lot of solutions out there, this is not exhaustive at all but all are (rather) easy to use (except the do it yourself 3D printer), and free or cheap.

3D design software

After having played with several 3D design tools…https://www.tinkercad.com free, very easy to use, performant, good for beginners (like me)…You want to


Need a 3D printing Service:

 www.3Dhubs.com is a Dutch based company, possibility to look for a 3D printing facility in your neighbourhood, immediate quote, good platform different types of printing materials, many 3D printer…they tend to stalk you with e-mail, you will get one for each phase of the process, really for each phase and afterwards a thank you message and another one and an other one…be aggressive in you mailing options.

Want to surprise your family or business relations with an original do it yourself 3D puzzle?

http://www.123dapp.com/make Converts a 3 model into 2D wooden, or carboard or whatever you want. It is really great and fast.

Artistic 3D easy modelling, sculpting tool?

Try   http://www.meshmixer.com/ , it is really fun to use.

A DIY 3D printer, some (a lot of) spare time?

As a proof of concept hare a Hongkong based DIY 3D printing kit, cheap and rather acceptable quality. Result after 12+ hours of “playing” (printing took me longer)…but it works.

Own Build 3D printer from Jean-Luc Peeters

3D Printer Jean-Luc Peeters idea behind it was to develop a repair shop for legacy items…that idea will probably remain one however finally the printer worked.

My initial idea was creating a 3D repairshop for legacy  spareparts…no real business case, just an idea, a lot of time spend, some fun.
It’s based on an opensource design: Reprap Mendel Prusa 3i bought from http://www.maxmicron.com , price is good (around 400 USD including import tax), basic building instructions , quality acceptable. Several enhancements have been made on this printer however it is not designed for the absolute beginner, some basic computer knowledge and mounting skills are  needed, and a lot of time.

The Autobed levelling (Z axis), while on paper looks promising and helpful, in practice, I don’t know why, it didn’t work well and I switched back to manual levelling mode (with a good slicing software this is really easy). Take a heated print bed, it makes the designs stick better.

Use masking tape for the bed so that the models stick on it and adapt the speed of the printer (in Mattercontrol) to a maximum of 50mm/sec for this printer.


3D Slicing (printing) software: :  http://www.mattercontrol.com/  from www.matterhackers.com. Rather easy to use and a good software based bed levelling option to avoid to have to play with tenths of millimetre hights.

You want to transform your company logo or a JPG, PNG, PDF in a 3D format?

Convert it to Black and white, you could use the free online picture editing software like https://pixlr.com/editor/

Convert your jpeg or other format of image into a 3D readable format (.STL, OBJ or SVG) supported by Tinkercad using https://convertio.co/

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Is IT providing the right solutions? Do we have our stakeholders on board….

Still too often an IT department

– think they know what the customer wants…

– deliver a solution barely used,  with a weak business case

A provocative advertisement from DS Wallonie…

Quote “Have you the (document management) tools you really need?”



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GROW model…coaching for performance, questioning technique.

Recently I participated in a training on coaching for performance.

A technique was taught called GROW. By applying this technique it is possible to bring your coachee himself to the solution just by using questioning techniques….interesting

1 – GOAL:

– what outcome would you like from this session?
– what is your challenge?
– how will you know you have achieved this challenge?
– what would you like to do differently?


– what is happening at the moment?
– when does it happen
– what effect does this have?
– what who else is relevant?
– what did you tired so far?


– what could you do to change the situation?
– what alternatives are there to this approach?
– what else? what else?
– who might help you?
– which option do you like best?

4 – WILL DO:

– what are your next steps? and when?
– how will you know you’ve succeeded?
– what might get in the way?
– how will you get it?

An interesting exercise was to split all participants in 2 groups. The first group formed an inner circle and the others the outer circle facing each other. The outer circle had to think about a problem/ situation they wanted to get solved but could not share this with the inner ones.

The inner circle had to question using the Goal type of questions, after 5 minutes the outer circle moved to the other person and the inner circle questioned using the Reality ones and so on. Bottom line the outer circle people came by their own to a solution without the help (except questions) of the interviewers. Great….

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The Phoenix Project. Must read business novel for IT Managers, CIO’s, supervisors let’s say just all IT people.

I was very surprised when a team member (thanks Stefan) said to me that there was a good book called “The Phoenix project” (ISBN 978-0-9882625) about IT, devops and he asked me to spare some time to read it.

The book, written as a business novel, has a style very similar to the business novels I really enjoyed from Eliyahu Goldratt “The Goal”, “Critical Chain”, “It’s not luck”.

The Phoenix Project - Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford

What makes this book even better, and a must read for IT Managers, CIO’s is that it addresses the classical problems of IT department like overdue IT projects, difficult interfacing between dev. and ops, increasing pressure, Murphy’s law of failures. It embeds traditional IT best practices (Change, release…) into flow management  with at the end several devops principles.

Of course putting al this in practice requires some huge change management, nevertheless it is certainly a very good starting point in IT transformation.

Here-under the link:



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Is it still possible to think at work?

I saw an interesting article (in dutch) with an interview of Theo Compernolle, neuropsychiatric and consultant).

The main points

  • Multitasking is disastrous
    • A simple test, see link (2) below, is to ask a person to write in block letters the word MULTITASKING and there under  the corresponding positions of the letters  – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12, in the meantime somebody needs to measure the total elapsed time. 2nd test is to write alternatively on the first rom the letter M than here-under the figure 1, U than 2, L than 3 while still measuring the time. Result= 2nd test takes much more time and is error prone regardless of gender ages.
    • Focus is only possible when doing one thing at the time. Master chefs can coock and present their dishes but this is only possible because the cooking is part of their automatism.
  • Multitasking is in fact task-switchinghomo sapiens is now homo interruptus
    • Some figures
      • Every 12,4 minutes on average a brain worker is interrupted = 40 times/day
      • Each interruption, even is it is only for 2 seconds doubles the chance of faults.
      • On average between the activity after each interruption is resumed after 25 minutes and 26 seconds!
      • In 2013 an estimation of 4 zettabytes of information was circulation in the cyberspace, and after some estimations this amount could double in 2015
  • Advice
    • Need to differentiate us from the machines. More and more work is done by machines, we need less people – Creativity is what makes us differen. To be creative we do need to have moments of rest
    • We need to avoid the interruptions,
    • Need to absolutely avoid switching between tasks, combine similar tasks together and focus only on those (e.g. reading mails ) – work in batches – this will allow a performance improvement between 20%-50%
    • Do not use the spare time to be continuously connected to the digital world, take some time to dream, reflect.

(1)    http://www.tijd.be/service/modernminds_1?itm_campaign=headerpromo

(2)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9YpbPCXBwBA

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