Display Shield Front Plate for 16×2 LCDs via @instructables
Thanks to instructables user FluxGarage for sharing these very detailed build instructions for building a front plate for several Adafruit LCD Shield Kits (714, 716, and my favorite the 772) – this really is a very cool upgrade idea for any project that utilizes small pushbuttons.
In this tutorial we’re going to build a lasercut acrylic frontplate for an Adafruit 16×2 LCD + Keypad Shield (Arduino version). Due to a simple adjustment, you’ll have comfortable access to all the keypad buttons.
If you don’t have a lasercutter, use lasercutting services like ponoko or formulor to get the necessary parts. You can find the regarding lasercut template file below. Beside the lasercut-plates, you’ll also need some screws, nuts, tactile buttons and plastic glue to realize this project.
LCD Shield Kit w/ 16×2 Character Display – Only 2 pins used! – BLUE AND WHITE: This new Adafruit shield makes it easy to use a 16×2 Character LCD. We really like the Blue & White 16×2 LCDs we stock in the shop. Unfortunately, these LCDs do require quite a few digital pins, 6 to control the LCD and then another pin to control the backlight for a total of 7 pins. That’s almost half of the pins available on a classic Arduino! Read more.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.