Perhaps the biggest complaint lofted at the nascent 3D printing industry is that, when it comes down to it, unless you’ve got a very special kind of robot, chances are your DIY object printing projects will be done in plastic. Still effectively the future, my boy, using the much-maligned synthetic solid is all-but unavoidable when it comes to most additive manufacturing. That’s not to say all plastics are bad—PLA, one of the two plastics primarily used in extrusion-based 3D printing, is derived from renewable resources including corn starch and tapioca—but they’re still a tough sell considering that only 23% of the 50 billion plastic water bottles Americans use every year are recycled.
Precious Plastic, a set of ‘plastic machines’ created for small-scale DIY plastic recycling aims to change all of that: created by designer Dave Hakkens of Phonebloks fame, injection, rotational, extrusion, and shredder, are four viable mechanical answers to the ever-contemporary question of, “What do I do with all this plastic?”
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.
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