A common criticism of 3D printing is that all it produces nothing but cheap plastic gimmicks that are of little practical use. While that criticism may not always be completely unfounded there is also more and more proof that 3D printing can be very useful indeed. 3D printed prosthetics or things like the 3D printed UAV are excellent examples of 3D printing being put to good use.
Now, moving from downloading models from Thingiverse to designing your own CAD models comes with a steep learning curve. And while there is already a considerable amount of literature out there to help you with various CAD programs, a gap still exists when it comes to using CAD to specifically design for 3D printing.
Author Clifford Smyth has written a book to do just that: Functional Design for 3D Printing is an engineering handbook aimed at helping readers ‘design objects which print and function in everyday applications’.
The book is geared towards owners of FFF 3D printers. As any owner of such a printer can attest to, the machines and software still come with some technical immaturities and it requires specific know-how to compensate for printer or slicer imperfections. Smyth’s book promises to fill exactly that gap by leveraging the strengths and minimizing the weaknesses of the 3D printing process…..
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!
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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.