In this project we’ll show you how to light up your marble run and motorize it with an Adafruit Crickit.
The tracks are fully 3d printed and designed by Tulio Laanen – It uses a worm style elevator to lift ball bearings up the tracks.
The Adafruit Crickit drives a gearbox DC motor to turn the elevator.
LEDs strips illuminate the tracks and animate different effects.
You can also use the on-board sensors trigger other components like servos, solenoids or even electromagnets.
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