KeyBit MagSafe Adapter Key Ring by Jonathan Bobrow #3dthursday
Jonathan Bobrow shared with us his 3D project KeyBit that provides a simple metal keychain attachment for a MagSafe adapter for Mac computers — a project that puts the “rapid” back into rapid prototyping in an interesting way. This project moved at a lightning pace from an idea he sketched out as a 3D model, to a first print that worked right off the bat back from Shapeways, to an item hosted in a Shapeways store for customers to have produced for them in stainless steel, and now, riding the wave of the demand, right into a crowdfunding project.
An interesting case study for how design for 3D printing using a printing service like Shapeways can not only help you obtain a rapid prototype of a project in a difficult to work with material, but can also help you identify from customer interest if the idea is worth pursuing further as a business idea.
And check out the video below from his crowdsourcing campaign to learn more about the history of this project:
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!
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