Happy Friday! Brain fried from a week of getting some new software at work prepped and ready to be moved to production. Scary doing a push because some 60,000 faculty and students might run into an issue. We test as well as we can, but theres always that one case that you miss. So nerve wracking.
For the past two weeks my coworkers and I have been printing out tons of things on the Micro 3D Printer. After the first week, everything started to shift horribly to the left on each new layer. Nothing would print right. A vocal minority was also having this issue on the forums. Micro3D has a huge support backlog, so communication was very sparse, BUT they DID keep us in the loop on how they were fixing the issue. Two new software releases in 2 weeks and it seems to be working fine again. I am extremely happy with the prints now.
Eevee (with support structure)
Winnie the Pooh bear (with support structure cleaned off)
Don’t mind the weirdness with the Eevee, that’s the support structure that pulls off. I’m mailing it to a friend so I’m leaving it intact. It’s like 3D printed bubble wrap, I can’t deny her the joy of ripping it off 😀 You can see a couple remnants of the support structure on the pooh bear as well. I need to clean it up a bit more before I send it to my Mom. She will love it.
My conclusion: It’s a $300 3D printer,You get what you pay for. I am extremely happy with it. It was broken, now it’s fixed to Micro3D’s credit. I am hoping the shifting issue is now in the past and that it was just a software bug.
On Monday I recieved a 3D Printer from the company M3D. It is the blue Micro 3D printer. If you use the coupon code “refurb” you can get one for $300 dollars (plus about $12 shipping).
So far I’ve printed out a bunch of things, ranging from Bulbasaurs, and Ford Fiesta ST scale models, to characters from Dota and keychains. So far it has been an awesome little printer. Now, it’s slow, a little loud, and only has a print size of 6x6x6, but that hasn’t been an issue yet.
I’m using a Raspberry Pi with the camera module to livestream my printer.
Super Scratch Programming Adventure! by The LEAD Project ( A favorite )
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2
The Manga Guide to Databases ( I had no idea No Starch published this, a great resource)
Wonderful Life with the Elements
The Art of LEGO Design
No Starch Summer Sampler 2015
The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide
Learn to Program with Scratch
The Linux Command Line
The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book
Teach Your Kids to Code
Automate the Boring Stuff with Python
Mark and I have been working on our remote controller concept that I posted a while ago on the blog. I’m really impressed with how it’s turning out. I couldn’t ask for a better team member. I’m excited to share that in the upcoming weeks.
Sorry for not posting on Friday. I’ve been in Washington, D.C. for the week presenting at the New Media Consortium 2015 Summer Conference. I was demonstrating UCF’s LTI applications to other schools and representatives. It was a great experience. I also got to explore DC, which is an amazing place. It’s our Capitol, and me having worked / interned for a state representative before, it was very cool to see the bigger version. Also tons of fun were had at the Smithsonian, the Archives, the Library of Congress, National Zoo, etc. etc. etc. 😀
I’m exhausted, but refreshed. Pumped to do some awesome things 😀
I do not know how the Splatoon box art got into the title. That’s crazy. Anyways, I tested out Ubuntu Mate for the Raspberry Pi2, and it’s impressive. Everything feels really responsive, Firefox on it is super smooth. It looks like a good build. The only problem is that it’s only for the Pi2. A few years ago I switched all my installs from Ubuntu to vanilla Debian, and I’ve been enjoying that. Ubuntu Unity didn’t sit well with me, but on Mate, it feels very much XFCE, so I like it.
The next version of PiPlay is coming along, going to be updating to the next version of Raspian, and some various little fixes. Can’t wait!
Splatoon has been so much fun. If you have a Wii U it is so worth it.
Today Nintendo released a whole bunch of new Amiibos that were highly sought after. I was in line at WalMart at midnight and had a lot of fun. Met a bunch of cool people in line. We were laughing and comparing game collections, and then the electronics guy comes out and tell us there are 6 Amiibo. Not 6 of the 9 characters. Just 6 Amiibo total. 3 Pac-Man and 3 Charizard. I was 7th in line. We could only laugh at the ridiculousness. On the plus side, I picked up Splatoon! It is just as amazing as the demo! If you have a Wii U and like FPS / 3PS this is a must.
The only Amiibo I was after was the Silver Mario. I mean, come on, Silverman, Silver Mario. It was a must buy. There was no line at my GameStop so I was able to get one without a problem, it was just that was all they had. This whole product line is crazy. People going crazy over little figures. Gotta catch em all!
In other news, I picked up a Beagle Bone Black and I am working on testing PiPlay on that. Initial tests look good. It runs Ubuntu, and has some quirks, but I was able to get Mednafen, CaveStory, and DGen working without issue.
So, I used to collect arcade games, but when I moved, I had to sell my collection. Now that I own a house with a garage, I’m able to start rebuilding my mini arcade (and using PiPlay in the mean time 🙂 ).
One of my favorites and prized machines was an F-Zero AX. This is the companion to the GameCube’s F-Zero GX. It has a magnetic card reader, which allows you to save your pilot data between racers, and has a gamecube memory card slot which can access your save data.
I got very lucky that my original machine went up for sale, so I was able to repurchase it!!
The board it uses is called the TriForce, which is a regular GameCube with more memory. The game is on optical media, but rather than using gamecube optical discs, it uses GD-ROMs. Yep, the same media used in the Dreamcast. In fact, the platform is a collaboration between Sega, Namco, and Nintendo (hence, TriForce). The racing cabinet is a standard Namco / Sega model.
It’s really awesome, and I’m so glad to have it back.