The MakerBot Customizer app is at heart a hosted version of the open source OpenSCAD app, with GUI tools to allow users to adjust parametric factors within OpenSCAD designs to produce their own custom objects.
Well, for her March 1st entry, Liz put up a Call to Action challenging those who have been exploring OpenSCAD to pool together to collectively build an Adafruit electronic parts library on Thingiverse to help the huge influx of DIY electronics hobbyists joining the 3D community to have the tools they need to make awesome mounts, bezels, cases, and interactive parts using a 3D printer.
You know about the MCAD library and about the Write library, but what about a library for all your favorite electronic components? The Adafruit library doesn’t exist. At least not yet, but it should. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just go to Thingiverse and open the Customizer App and get an stl for an electronic component? You could then download the stl and use it for a boolean difference or just to help you design your object that incorporates the component or components.
What might the interface look like? (see image above)
You don’t have to design all the parts. You don’t have to design two parts. Just design one part using OpenSCAD and upload it to . Tag it with Adafruit.
Don’t forget to use a digital caliper to get precise dimensions.
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