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August 2018

Print fail!

One of my favourite presentations at the Raspberry Pi event Raspberry Fields earlier this year was Lorraine Underwood's talk on Cubert. Lorraine has a really healthy attitude towards failure in making and how by sharing our failures as well as our successes we can encourage other makers.

Last night I did a seven hour print job on my budget £160 delta printer. It was looking really good until it failed at 90% in the early hours. Obviously I was not really pleased with it and went to bed at 2am in a sulk.

I was printing a model of Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure time and it failed towards the top of her head (if you can describe it as that!)


Rather than throwing it out I decided that this would become a learning opportunity (well after all I am a teacher!). I fired up Meshmixer, found a tutorial and sliced off the top of her head!


I then printed the top of her head and glued it onto the body.


To be honest it isn't brilliant, my slice was not in the exact right position and the join still needs sanding down to get a good finish.


I love the definition of FAIL as;

  • First
  • Attempt
  • In
  • Learning

I know my end product isn't really that good but that doesn't matter, what is good is the new skill I have in editing STL files using Meshmixer.

Can I encourage you to show your failures, the ones that didn't work and all the steps that went wrong - it does encourage!



Happy 6th Birthday Pimoroni!

I have been meaning to write this blog post for a couple of months and I think now is a great time as I can also wish Pimoroni a happy birthday too!

Pimoroni has to be one of my two go-to shops for all my tech needs and links to their web site regularly appear on my Birthday or Christmas lists!

The journey Pimoroni has been on is a real testament to British industry. From very humble beginnings in 2012 with John Williamson and Paul Beech laser cutting Raspberry Pi cases - the beautiful Pibow - to the amazing Picade. Over the years the company has grown in size, strength and range of products. All their own products are manufactured in the UK either by themselves or other UK based companies.

At the moment Pimoroni has a Google Customer Reviews score of 4.9.

So in this 6th Birthday celebration time let me tell you what I love about Pimoroni:

  • Amazing customer service - all issues resolved very promptly
  • So many blinky products, and who doesn't love blinkies!
  • Really fast deliveries
  • An amazing range of both their own products and Adafruit gear
  • Excellent tutorials and really simple setup guides
  • Forums and twitter support never judges but always supports
  • Great support for schools and educational supplies
  • Branding is soooooo beautiful
  • The team are thoroughly nice people
  • Bilge Tank - a great YouTube series, with the best theme I've heard since my childhood.
  • Bearables - say no more!
  • Flotilla - I use this at school and love it - a great kit
  • Attention to detail
  • Price point always seems to be really fair for the product, there are times i would pay more for some things if they asked!
  • Fantastic support for community organisations

To provide a balanced review, here is my only negative:

  • I don't have enough money to buy more of it!

So on this 6th Birthday, raise a glass of grog and sing a Happy Birthday sea-shanty to the pirates of Sheffield!

My latest pirate treasure!