present the Widow’s Kiss! This the iconic sniper rifle carried by the Widowmaker in Blizzard’s acclaim game, Overwatch. This prints at 1:1 scale and DOES CONVERT (yes, you read that correctly) from the assault weapon out to the full sniper rifle, over 4 1/2 feet in length. I put a lot of work into this design so it requires no special tools or extra parts to switch from assault to sniper, perfect for carrying around at cons. Moving parts include movable shrouds, telescoping barrel sections, a fold down rear sight, and collapsible main scope. The scope is also hollow with a removable shroud and separate lenses so it can be customized.
Please note, there are additional materials needed (such as pvc pipe, bolts and magnets, all listed below) if you want to build the stronger ‘cosplay model’ of the Widow’s Kiss; this version can better withstand the handling and beating of being handled regularly. I also included printable pipe and hardware if you choose to print a ‘display model’. The rifle can still be converted from assault to sniper and has the same moving parts, but it will not be nearly as durable.
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!
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.