Peter Robinson


Academic at The University of Hull.

Blog posts

Making things to make things to make things

I recently acquired a woodturning lathe. Unfortunately, it was missing a rather important part – the centre drive head, which grips the wood being turned. It’s not huge or complex. It just looks like an elongated nut with spikes on Read more →

Happiness is a clean head

I’ve not posted much about 3D printing for a while, largely because I haven’t ben able to get my printer to make a decent print without a lot of fiddling. Prints were rough, structurally weak, and generally unsatisfactory. I Tried Read more →

ESP8266 happiness

It just goes to show that perseverance sometimes pays off. It turns out that the reason I couldn’t get the Olimex esp8266 to work properly was that my USB/serial converter was faulty. The replacement one arrived today, and now I Read more →

ESP8266 disappointment

I found a very promising new ESP8266 module, from Olimex (a Bulgarian company). It’s a breadboard-friendly board with an ESP8266 and 512k of flash memory on it, and it’s dead cheap. There’s even a carrier board for it, with a Read more →

The King is dead. Long live the king!

For a while now, I’ve been playing with the super-cheap esp8266 WiFi module. It’s been a bit of an uphill struggle, mostly because of the poor documentation (actually, that’s not fair – the documentation may well be excellent, but my Read more →

Printed lathe parts online

Since I posted a video of my 3D printed lathe on YouTube, the video has now been viewed over 100,000 times. If a typical working day is 8 hours, and the working year is 250 days or so, then it’s Read more →

Arduino tutorial 7

At tonight’s Hull Digital Hardware Meetup, we will be doing the seventh tutorial on Arduino programming and interfacing. This one involves yet more flashing lights (it is nearly Christmas, after all). The tutorial notes are available on the Arduino page Read more →

Never mind the Buzzclock

Fair warning So far, only one person I’ve told about this project thinks it’s a good idea. Everyone else looks at me wtih a mixture of pity and puzzlement, neither of which emotions seems to be mitigated by my explanation. Read more →

Cracking the cube

I can’t take any credit for this. Earlier this summer, I built a Rubik’s cube solver from a Lego Mindstorms set. I simply followed the plans for the Mindcuber design. It seemed to work quite well, but my Rubik’s cube Read more →

…and we’re back!

As a close follower of my blog, you will doubtless have noticed that it has been off the air the last few days. I didn’t. Rob drew my attention to its non-existence. It turns out that there were hosting troubles, Read more →