Dean Miller – ServoBender: Electronic Pedal Steel + Guitar Hybrid #3DxMusic #3DThursday #3DPrinting
Today on our weekly live 3D Hangouts, we will be sharing a short “Field Guide” to celebrate the many ways that desktop 3D printing has entered into the area of music today. Here’s a quick roundup of a few other #3DxMusic projects that caught our interest to whet your appetite!
Dean Miller, part of Adafruit’s WebDev team, has another obsession beyond code: designing performing custom electronic instruments! (Double points for swirling an Arduino and 3D printer into the mix.)
While this is not a predominantly 3D printed instrument, it was crucial to the process of iterating and experimentation to execute the crucial servo-bendy mechanic with 3D printed parts printed.
I built this guitar with 4 servo motors controlled by foot pedals that bend the the A, D, G, and B strings. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good angle for the video where you could see the foot pedals, but here is an album of the build with more info if anyone is interested.
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!
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.