While it doesn’t always work out, sometimes it is still worth quickly implementing your idea, producing a prototype, and trying it out. I think too often we just share our completed projects and forget to remind people that desktop 3D printers can be low-cost rapid prototypers, a means to quickly get your model in the physical world so that you can get real world feedback. From John Chan:
Yesterday I put my printer platform on heat without realizing that I actually didn’t have anything to print… so I had to quickly knock up a ‘spiral’ lamp where I could slide in some addressable LED strip. Didn’t quite work out as it was too tight a fit, managed to only pass in 7 LEDs out of 30 before it got stuck. The diffusion isn’t bad but could be better if I put the LED’s back a bit more. Oh well, not bad for 10 min CAD effort 🙂
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!
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.