30 October 2016

Shipping delay update :(

I apologise for the lack of information recently regarding the delays in shipping the Mini NES electronics kits.
Unfortunately I've had some major QC issues with the PCBs that's meant I haven't been able to ship on time.

This has effected batch 2 onwards and after a lot of back and forth between me and my board supplier I finally have the defect sorted out and from next week will be able to resume shipping kits.

13 September 2016

Mini NES Electronics Kit Status Update #2

So this last week or so I haven't posted anything about the Mini NES project and that's only because I don't really have any new developments.

I'm still waiting for the final production PCBs, they're due to arrive this Thursday 15th.

In the meantime I've just been preparing everything ready to assemble the kits and there's not too much to report about that.

If you're in Batch 1 or 2, then you'll already know your ship date. There's still some stock left in Batch 3, if you ordered from the 3rd batch then you'll receive an email with more details soon.

I'll be able to shoot the rest of the assembly guide videos this weekend when I have the final kits on hand so look out for those.

Also, I've been working on some new designs and will hopefully be able to show them off later this week.

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact me using the form in the sidebar or send me an email.

29 August 2016

Mini NES Electronics Kit Status Update

This post is an update on the progress of the Mini NES Electronics Kit.
As you might know, last week I released the 3D files for the case so people can start on their build.
Unfortunately, since then I haven't been able to make much progress on the project because I've been waiting for the sample PCBs to arrive so I can test and approve them.
Well today they turned up, so I'll be testing them tonight and will make the final order in the next couple of days.
During that time I'll send an email to everyone who's ordered a kit, with more details and an estimated shipping date.
I apologise for the lack of direct communication so far, but this is the first time I've done something like this and don't have a proper store set-up.
If you have any concerns or questions, you can contact me from the form on the sidebar, leave a comment here or email me at 'mike' 'at' my domain name.com

Look out for an update video on the kits soon.

27 July 2016

NESPi - my Mini NES Classic Raspberry Pi games console

It was inevitable... I have a Raspberry Pi, I have a 3D printer, I'm a huge nerd...

At some point I was going to print a case for it in the shape of the old Nintendo Entertainment System.

In the end, this project turned into more of a love-letter to the NES than just printing a case.
I learnt a lot of new things about Linux, 3D design, wrote my first Python program and had a blast doing it...

30 March 2016

Thermoelectric Drinks-Can Cooler

I am a big fan of Ben Heck. Way back in 2011, Ben made a Super Can Cooler on his YouTube channel and I'd always thought it was a neat idea, something I'd like to build myself one day.
At the time I didn't have an easy way to make the aluminium pieces. Recently though, I had a chance to make my own can-cooler inspired by Ben's version.

The idea with this device is that a drinks can fits snugly in the aluminium 'coldsink' and a pair of peltier modules(TECs) pull heat from the aluminium and dissipate it to the room, cooling down the can in the process.

19 January 2016

Experiments with toner transfer...

I recently saw an article about using acetone to transfer toner from a laser printed page onto things.

I did a little more reading about this and thought it'd be a nice experiment to try to add graphics to a 3D printed object.