This project requires a lot of different components, and with the right parts, makes for an incredible learning experience for students in any introduction to robotics/technology/engineering class. Utilizing a custom frame, such as the one in this project from user Islemunda, students can reassemble a new drone from using a 3D printed frame with the electronic components of the Hubsan X4 drone.
Where 3D printing comes in handy with this project is the ability for different student groups to design their projects around different ideas of how to improve the flight capability of their drone, such as increasing/decreasing the thickness of the printed parts or adding additional structural features. If executed correctly, students will walk away from this lesson learning about the basics of electronics, drones, and flight.
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! 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!