We design, manufacture, and sell friendly products for Makers, Educators and Creatives.
Founded in 2012 by Jon Williamson and Paul Beech, Pimoroni make tech treasure for tinkerers. If you want to learn about electronics, we’ll help you to start.
We are on a mission to:
make electronics accessible and attractive
spread knowledge, fun, and ideas
Supported by the Raspberry Pi community, as well as the wider Maker community, we’re trying to bring electronics to a larger audience. It’s been a busy few years for us…
A brief history
We’ve grown from just one laser cutter and a kettle, to over 30 people, five laser cutters, and several circuit building robots in a larger factory over the past four years.
Pibow was our first product, and a runaway success. It’s a fun but practical case for the Raspberry Pi, in a range of colours. We’ve now sold over 175,000 of them!
Our Picade desktop arcade machine, that you build yourself from a flat-pack kit, was the UK’s first Kickstarter project. After Picade’s unexpected success, it’s now one of our biggest-selling and most popular products. Everyone loves it.
Our second Kickstarter was Flotilla, a set of colourful, fun, useful modules that you can connect to a computer to sense and react to the world around you. It’s aimed at families and kids and, because it’s plug and play, it’s incredibly easy to use.
Made in the UK
Pimoroni are proud to be part of the manufacturing heritage in Sheffield, in the north of the UK. As well as the vibrant creative and digital scene that’s developed in the city, it’s an excellent city to live in. We manufacture all of our own products. Our circuit boards are produced by Ragworm in Rochester and Portsmouth and, where possible, we source locally (our Picade panels are powder-coated just down the road from us!)
Pimoroni stands for Pirate, Monkey, Robot, Ninja (Pi-Mo-Ro-Ni) and sounds like the name of an expensive Italian lager. It’s pronounced Pih-mo-row-knee. You’ll see the pirate (and his friends) pop up throughout our branding.
Join us Wednesday night! PIRATES!
What is “Ask an engineer”? From the electronics enthusiast to the professional community – “Ask an Engineer” has a little bit of everything for everyone. If you’re a beginner, or a seasoned engineer – stop in and see what we’re up to! We have demos of projects and products we’re working on, we answer your engineering and electronics questions and we have a trivia question + give away each week.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.