Chris J Powell

Is 3D Printing Ready to Hit the Main Stream?

The promise of 3D Printing to democratize the world of manufacturing has been around for a few years.  Anyone with a few bucks and a CAD-CAM software program could potential build just about anything.  I have been toying with the idea since I first saw the hint of them on the interwebz but at the time I could not in good conscience justify the price that went along with them. I did some digging and found that the price of the printers themselves have dropped dramatically and even Staples is selling them online…but are we at a tipping point that we could potentially see these devices in “every home”? I think that the concept of every home is a bit much but with an entry point of $200-300 for some of these printers…I could see them being an option for people like me that would want to experiment with the idea…but if the printer is that cheap…what is the real cost of becoming a “Maker”? The image used above is the MakiBox.  It can be purchased online for just $300 … Read more

New Content Coming

Usually on Friday’s I will dive into the wonderful world of Free Apps but I thought that I would share a new concept coming to Krispy’s Bytes.  The transition from being a Technical IT Sales Specialist into the slower paced and far more rewarding world of Automotive Customer Service has left me with a lot of time to think about what I want this site to become. Don’t get me wrong…I love Technology and will never stray far from that core concept but over the past few years I have dreamed of getting into some interesting “Maker” projects as can be found over at and with me moving into my own place and not having anyone but myself to tell me I can or can’t do something…I figured what a perfect way to showcase my assumed mad skills as a designer/builder of functional stuff for my new place. You see, first and foremost I am a cheap bastard at heart so this site has always appealed to me because it empowers people to not only repurpose existing “junk” into … Read more