The 30mm arcade buttons in the Adafruit shop are excellent for retrogame projects. They’re also quite aesthetically pleasing. They feature a translucent body with a very slim micro switch, so it’s great for internal lighting effects.
Although they do not have LEDs built in, you can actually fit NeoPixels into the body with a 3D printed diffuser.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to add NeoPixels to arcade buttons.
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!