We all know what consumer level 3D printers are capable of. They can print out objects using a handful of non-conductive materials. If you need that cool looking plastic earring, or that completely customizable iPhone case, or that unique little toy for the little-ones, 3D printers have pretty much conquered the task of creating these. With this said, however, many futurists envision a world where 3D printers will be capable of much more. One day, perhaps an entire laptop or MP3 player could be manufactured in the comfort of your own home, on a machine not much bigger than a 3D printer. This used to be a dream, but one team is taking a step in the right direction.
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!