Raspberry Pi Photo Booth

Building a Raspberry Pi Powered Photo Booth

As part of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ product launch at work, all the business units had small internal launch events with cake, etc. I thought it would be neat to build a photo booth using a Pi and set it up as part of the event. There are many tutorials out there, for…




Pinewood Derby Trophy

3D Printed Pinewood Derby Award

It’s pinewood derby season again! This year, both the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are having derbies, which makes for twice the fun. At the time of this writing, Claire had already competed in her derby, and with a little luck, she finished second of 57 racers – just .01 out of first! While the…



Swim Bike Run Hero

Swim-Bike-Run Medal and Bib Number Hanger

I got to give some great gifts for Christmas in 2017, but this was my favorite. It’s a medal hanger for my dad’s 5k and mini-tri medals and bib numbers. The picture of him was taken from an event photo, laser engraved and cut (using Michael’s new Glowforge), as were the acrylic letters at the…




Electronic Symbols on Tree

3D Printed Electronic Schematic Symbol Christmas Ornaments

At our office here in Centerville, our tree was looking a little bare, so I whipped up some 3D printed ornaments. And because we’re an electronics distributor, I thought it would be fitting to make them in the shape of commonly used electronics schematic symbols. You can download an .stl here.



Cooperspeed Pinewood Derby Car at Weigh In

Pinewood Derby 2017

Cooper joined a local Cub Scout pack this year; pack 618. In the past, he would have been too young, but they started a “Lion” den just for preschoolers. This helps ease them into scouting. So far, it’s been a lot of fun. The outings and meetings have been great, and participating with older kids…




ADA Vanity Build Complete

Make an ADA Compliant Vanity for Your Bathroom

There aren’t a lot of options out there for ADA compliant vanities. Most are wall-mounted, which I didn’t want. They’re also very expensive. I wanted an ADA compliant vanity that would look have legs, but still accommodate a wheelchair under it. The best part? It’s exactly what I wanted, at a fraction of the cost….




Dayton Maker Faire Swag

Dayton Maker Faire 2016

The inaugural Dayton Maker Faire is in the books. Both Real Art and MCM Electronics put a huge effort into making the event a memorable one. There was plenty to do for folks of all ages, from learning about various different types of art, to taking part in activities like learning to solder. Both companies…




Raspberry Pi Infinity+

Building the Huge Raspberry Pi Infinity+

We’ve just arrived back from the Bay Area Maker Faire, where MCM Electronics was a sponsor, having a booth right next to the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The show was a great success. One of the coolest parts of our booth was the Pi Infinity+, which Michael Castor and I made over the course of a…




CNC Tricerotops

Fun with Dinosaurs

My son, Cooper loves few things more than dinosaurs! Playing around the other day, I downloaded a couple dinosaur skeleton puzzles and cut them on the CNC router from 1/8″ MDF. The files were far from perfect, and required touching up every dog bone joint on the model, but his excitement when they were done…




Emmet Lego Costume 2

Building an Awesome Emmet Lego Halloween Costume

I’m unsure about how exactly it happened, but the family had committed to attending a Halloween costume party. The kids and wife already had costumes. Sure, I could buy something, but what’s the fun in that? Going through ideas in my head, I thought being a Lego brick would be cool, and then I came…