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DIY Retro Arcade Cabinet - Part 4 - Assembly and configuration

DIY Retro Arcade Cabinet - Part 4 - Assembly and configuration

Here we are, the end of the journey that has taken us four parts, many mistakes and lots of learning. Building this project has used multiple skills, chiefly design and fabrication using the K40 laser cutter. Using a laser cutter for small projects (keychains, signs etc.) is rather simple, but an arcade cabinet requires careful design and lots of iterations in the fabrication process.
DIY Retro Arcade Cabinet - Part 3 - Laser Cutting

DIY Retro Arcade Cabinet - Part 3 - Laser Cutting

This week we start cutting the cabinet using the K40 laser cutter, and like any complex project, we hit a few issues. But remember dear reader, these issues are not roadblocks, they do not end our journey as a maker, rather they are wrong turns that help us understand how to create complex projects where tolerances are tight.
DIY Retro Arcade Cabinet - Part 2 - Component selection

DIY Retro Arcade Cabinet - Part 2 - Component selection

In this second part of the project we look at the components that will be used to build the cabinet, discuss the reason they were chosen, and document their physical dimensions.
DIY Retro Arcade Cabinet - Part 1 - Planning

DIY Retro Arcade Cabinet - Part 1 - Planning

In the 1980s there was one place to go if you wanted the latest games, your local arcade. These arcades buzzed with electronic lights and sounds, designed to entice us to play the latest games. Classics such as Pacman, Space Invaders, Chase HQ, Operation Wolf offered an alternate reality for only 20p!

12 Best Linux Operating Systems for the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi boards are functional single-board computers (SBCs) capable of serving as a foundation for a smattering of projects. There’s a veritable treasure trove of operating system (OS) options for the Raspberry Pi. Raspbian remains a top choice, and one of the most popular Raspberry Pi Linux distros. However, there are plenty of additional Raspberry Pi desktop options. Check out the best OS for Raspberry Pi boards!
What is the K40 laser cutter and how can I set one up? [Part 1]

What is the K40 laser cutter and how can I set one up? [Part 1]

At Makerspaces / Hackspaces I have noticed one thing, “people come for the 3D printers, but stay for the laser cutters” and why is that? Well, dear reader, it is because they are quick and relatively easy to use.
How to make a DIY portable retro gaming console

How to make a DIY portable retro gaming console

Want to get started with portable retro gaming? Check out these kits!

Your Child Wants an Arduino -- Where Do You Start?

Children (and beginners) need the right foothold to get started with great tools, and the Arduino is no different. With many different versions of the board available over the years, it’s entirely possible that potential users have been put off.

Programming WS2812B LEDs with ATtiny85

We introduced the remarkably cheap Arduino alternative, the ATtiny85 in another blog post <<ED LINK TO THAT POST PLEASE>> so this tutorial assumes that you have taken the steps in that post to setup your ATtiny85 and the Arduino IDE.
Should You Water Cool Your SBC?

Should You Water Cool Your SBC?

Eventually, heatsinks just aren’t enough. We’ve all seen water cooling kits for desktop gaming systems, elaborate rigs for pumping water or other heat-absorbing liquids across GPUs and CPUs to squeeze some extra performance from overclocked processors.
Creating digital signage using Screenly and Raspberry Pi

Creating digital signage using Screenly and Raspberry Pi

Digital signage is everywhere. From your local school to Leicester Square, London there are adverts and information radiating to onlookers. How can we make our digital signage for an event? Well using any model of Raspberry Pi a spare monitor, Internet connection and most importantly software called Screenly we can make our very own digital signage system.
10 Best DIY Raspberry Pi-Powered Holiday Projects

10 Best DIY Raspberry Pi-Powered Holiday Projects

The Raspberry Pi is a nifty single-board device. With its capability of running pretty much any Linux operating system and tons of connectivity options, it’s perfect for a variety of projects.