I have seen a few zoetropes in my day (and even helped the artist Takeshi Murata create a 3D printed one !), but as evening fell over Maker Faire on Saturday night, I was astounded to watch Kelly Egan’s sleek, minimalist galloping zoetrope at the 3DPPVD table! Very well done — I can’t wait for him to share how he created it. (And Anna Kaziunas France grabbed some nice Vines of it as well, shared below, for close shots.)
The zoetrope is a project I showed at Makerfaire NYC 2014. It consists of an animation of a 3D printed horses galloping endlessly. The horse is a reference to Edweard Muybridge’s early experiments with high speed photography. The techniques ability to draw people’s attention in a world of moving images is one of the reason I was compelled me to make it. I plan on posting some details of the process shortly….
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!