About a year ago, we introduced our community forum, gurus, to our site so that you could all share your fixes, ideas, skills and enthusiasm directly with each other. Since then it's grown into a real source of knowledge about fixing and how sugru works, and most of all inspiration for new things to try.
We've also received regular suggestions for how to improve sugru and our website, which is a great thing for us! We're taking some of these suggestions on board, and over the next day or two we'll be introducing some big exciting changes... :-) So today, we'd like to celebrate some of the more awesome posts we've seen on there so far - here are all of this year's guru of the month winners!
We started the year with an amazing idea from sugru guru @brianandrewparker who made an articulated webcam from an IKEA lamp! "With sugru acting as the bonding agent, I combined the arm from a Tertial lamp and a Logitech webcam. It's a pretty simple hack that only used a few grams of Sugru to form a nice strong bond." Read more on this from brianandrewparker on gurus.
February's guru of the month was Robiot6 - "My fridge is not very practical for our family usage, I was missing a stupid 0.5cm to be able to stack our yogurts - sugru fixed it for me!" Both are simple and elegant solutions that would be difficult to do without sugru - awesome! Read the original post from Robiot6 here.
Combine sugru and conductive foam to make conductive sugru! And then make a stylus from it :-) Guru of the month for March went to Ola from Sweden aka @olacarlsson on gurus - to make your own, follow the full step-by-step on gurus!
In May, guru of the month went to Linuxgirl, who helped her Mom fix a paper towel holder and documented it step by step to help others do the same - we love the combination of things she uses for the solution, using sugru mainly for its flexibility, strain relief and adding strength.
June's guru of the month @Pookas said: "I like stamps a lot, so I was happy to find out that there is an easy and cheap way to make stamps by using 3d printed molds and sugru!" To make your own, follow the full step by step on gurus!
In July, rather than rewarding a particularly awesome fix or project posted on gurus, we're rewarding @mallin the guru of the month prize for being so awesome himself - we love how he jumps in with super helpful links, sharing his experiences and even his own experiments to help others in the community! Welcome @mallin - you rock!
August's guru of the month went to Dominic aka @chickengrylls who has been getting stuck in on our user forum gurus. He also set up a reddit page for sugru users and is coordinating a top secret project at his local Hackerspace Nottinghack where he has set up a vending machine selling sugru as well as other hacker supplies like arduino. We were really glad to have you to visit recently too Dom, keep up the awesomeness!
September's guru of the month was solarmechanic. "The idea for this came to me when I saw my Granny trying to drink from a glass. She has very limited mobility, even in her hands and fingers and it takes her a long time to do anything, and she kept having trouble with the straw in her drinks moving around in glasses or sometimes just falling out. It took two versions of the design to get right, but it's working great now!" — from solarmechanic on gurus.
As I said, we'll have some exciting changes and announcements very soon for everyone that shares through our site. For the moment though, I need to get back to work on making them happen! More soon.