Build your own jet engine right at home. This model engine, rendered by designer Patrick Saville, will take roughly 12 hours to print. Download the files and visit http://imgur.com/a/Z3qJX for a complete how-to guide, as well as the template to build the box! Happy jet-setting!
Got a 3D printer? Looking for a cool educational demo print? Like jet engines? GE shared a neat project that features a 3D printed mechanical jet engine, built from a dozen parts that are glued together. Turning a handle rotates a series of fans and compressors. Although it’s hand cranked, we think it’d be fancy to add a DC motor!
You can download the design files for this jet engine on Thingiverse or Cults 3D. The design comes in 13 separate 3D printable pieces, which must then all be assembled. The detailed assembly instructions can be on IMGUR.
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.