3D printing has been wowing the world with innovations in making items such as prosthetics, casts, and implants. Puppets can benefit from 3D printed parts now also, it turns out. If your puppet needs a new knee or elbow joint, now you can order a la cart, through the growing catalog at BYOPuppet.
BYOPuppet, created by 3D artist Laurie Berenhaus, is an evolving catalog of 3D printed joints and parts designed to help storytellers. Laurie offers resources for 3D printed parts and joints for individuals building and repairing their own puppets. She is building a catalog of universal parts where artists and puppeteers have the tools to ‘mash up’ their own creations, with “joints” designed to fit standard sized PVC pipes so one has the power to create any size puppet they’d like.
Laurie’s objective is twofold in that she wants to continue the rich history of puppet theater, as well as empowering those involved in making their own creations through 3D printing. In creating her inventory for puppet parts, she encourages other artists to share their stories and explain what parts they need. Her goal is to make puppetry more accessible and help fellow storytellers grow.
The BYOPuppet website includes a catalog that allows the customer to pick a part that they wish to purchase and then order through Shapeways, where they are redirected. All of the BYOPuppet parts can also be found on the Shapeways Shop….
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! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. 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!