Rebirth of an Original NES, Courtesy of Raspberry Pi

Posted by Bryan on May 6, 2013

Have an old NES laying around that need's some love? Impress your friends with a newly rebuilt NES system with Raspberry Pi insides. [More]

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3D Printer Calibration

Posted by John on May 6, 2013

One place that I have found very little good information in the 3D printing world, has to do with properly calibrating your 3D printer. Improper calibration can result in a huge amount of wasted PLA or PVC while setting your printer up right will save you plastic, time and frustration. [More]

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Arduino Uno vs Raspberry Pi vs BeagleBone Black

Posted by Brandon on May 3, 2013

I am a tinkerer by heart, and I have always had a thing for programming and electronic circuits.  A few years ago, I got into Microchip programming because there wasn't much out there to do what I wanted without having to design the circuit myself.  My how the times have changed.  These days, there are a plethora of single board computers to choose from to create a wide variety of projects. In this post, I am going to be focusing on the three main ones that we carry here at MCM, Arduino Uno, the Raspberry Pi, and the new Beaglebone Black.

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MAKE and MCM Raspberry Pi Design Contest Competition: The Winners!

Posted by Bryan on Apr 29, 2013
MCM Electronics partnered with MAKE Magazine to hold a Raspberry Pi Design competition. The idea was to have projects developed that anyone could replicate at home. We had over 48 entries, everything from Internet radio streaming to cat feeders. The projects were categorized into Artistic, Education, Utility and Enclosure themes. There was 1 Grand Prize winner, and 4 runner-up winners. The Grand Prize winner took home a Printrtbot
JR. 3D printer plus other assorted electronic accessories from MCM Electronics. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a judge and let me tell you it was difficult to choose between all the great entries. [More]

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Raspberry Pi Battery Testing

Posted by Brandon on Apr 22, 2013
My name is Brandon, and I am a Product Analyst here at MCM. I am fortunate enough to be one of the people involved with the Raspberry Pi product line. Specifically, I get to test some of the new products and accessories that we bring in, and also determine product compatibility. Recently, we were working on putting together a low power Raspberry Pi kit, focused around a Raspberry Pi model A and a rechargeable battery pack. We wanted to determine how long the model A would run on a single charge of the battery, so I went about finding a way to test it.

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Adventures in 3D printing

Posted by John on Apr 18, 2013
While I love Maker Culture, I generally self-identify more as a kind of 1950s “Popular Mechanics” old-school hobbyist. You know the kind: lathe and mini-mill in the basement, welder in the garage, and random woodworking and electrical equipment scattered all over the house. So I have been struggling for the last few years with whether or not to invest in a 3D printer. They have always seemed pretty pricy, and I was never sure how much use I would get out of one. On the other hand, there is no question of the raw cool involved in being able to print off plastic widgets with ease, and perhaps even get involved in a little lost-PLA casting. When we started carrying the Printrbot Jr. I finally broke down. [More]

Crescent Code Red Pry Bars

Posted by Christian on Apr 16, 2013

Every once in a while, a "Why didn't I think of that?" product comes along. The new line of Crescent Code Red™ indexing and adjustable pry bars are a great example. Historically, while pry bars come in many lengths, they came in one basic shape.[More]

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Pro Signal TV Stands

Posted by Christian on Apr 11, 2013

Some OE manufacturers charge a premium for their TV stands. Sharp replacement stands cost as much as $200! Enter Pro Signal universal TV stands. For less than a quarter of the price of Sharp's OE stand, Pro Signal offers a fully adjustable metal stand with a tempered glass base in two sizes to fit TVs from 17" to 60".

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Raspberry Pi Model A

Posted by Christian on Apr 9, 2013

The Raspberry Pi Model A is the $25 computer the Raspberry Pi Foundation promised. It is the low-cost, low power little brother of the Model B boasting the same processor and high resolution HDMI output. The Model in contrast to the Model B uses only 1-2 watts of power compared to the 3-5 watts of the Model B. This makes it great for use in mobile applications where power is very limited. A perfect application for this would be a wireless media center streaming media over the network.

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MAKE: Rasberry Pi Design Contest

Posted by Christian on Mar 15, 2013

MAKE's Raspberry Pi Design Contest is a celebration of the innovation inspired by this affordable single-board computer that's taking the maker world by storm. Each entry should use the Raspberry Pi as an intrinsic part of the project, but may include other circuitry, software, mechanical, or sculptural parts as needed.

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