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#3DPrinting Projects to do with your family at Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is approaching and family will gather together to give thanks and eat until they’re happy, stuffed and full of good cheer. Instead of bingeing on Netflix or playing the latest video game, why put your 3D printer to work and use your time to build an awesome weekend project with the family?

Here’s seven projects you can do with your family that combine 3D printing, and DIY electronics.

1. Tiny TARDIS pendent

This easy project can be 3D printed in just under an hour and doesn’t require any soldering. Use conductive paint to make a simple circuit using a coin cell, battery holder, and an LED Sequin to make a tiny TARDIS light up.

2. BMO pendent

Let’s play video games! But first, let’s build the adorable character from Adventure Time, BMO! Using GEMMA, an LED Matrix backpack, lipo battery and a few 3D prints parts, you can build this lovable robot.

3. NeoPixel LED Skateboard

Already have a skateboard? Upgrade it with NeoPixel LEDS! This simple projects works best outdoors and in low light. Fire up with your soldering iron and wire up NeoPixel LED strips to the bottom of your deck. Just be sure to take turns riding!

4. MiniPOV4

Here’s a fun and classic DIY kit, perfect for learning soldering. You can make amazing light paintings with our miniPOV4 kit that uses LED to make stunning animations with Persistence-of-Vision.

5. Adabot Figurine

You can 3D print our lovable robot mascot, Adabot and add LED’s, sensors and other components to make an adorable robot the whole family can enjoy.

6. Bluetooth Gamepad

Before bingeing on those video games, why not build your own gamepad with your family using an Adafruit EZ-Key module, tactile buttons and a 3D printed case. Just be sure to build two for those two player games!

7. Pocket PiGRRL

Really LOVE video games? How about building your own portable retro console using the Raspberry Pi and an Adafruit 2.4″ PiTFT. This one is the most challenging project, so including the family to tackle sections will cut the build time in half!

So there you have it, seven fun and creative projects that you can do with your 3D printer, a soldering iron and your loved ones. The best projects are ones that you can build and enjoy with your family.

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