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Adafruit’s Top Ten 3D Printed Projects on Thingiverse! #AdafruitTopTen

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Happy New Year! To celebrate all the amazing 3D printed designs of 2018, here are our top 10 3D Printed Projects on Thingiverse!


10: Drone Claw

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In this project we are building a Drone claw powered by a Circuit Playground Express!

This 3d printed claw requires no modification to the DJI Mavic Pro drone and even works without disabling the vision sensors underneath the drone.


9: Wire Spool Holder Carousel

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Store your spools of wire with this 3D printed carousel caddy! Holds up to six mini wire spools and spins! Get your practical 3D printing on with this handy organizer. I leave spools of wire on the table and it’s kinda messy so I finally made myself a little wire spool holder. I designed it to spin freely for no particular reason other than it looks cool. I also added these little notches that can be used to hold the wires in place. The carousel can hold up to 6 spools of wire which is enough to hold all the different colors in the Adafruit store.


8: PropMaker LightSaber

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Use your maker skills and become the Jedi you were meant to be! Construct your own lightsaber using 3D printed parts and electronics from Adafruit. This advanced prop uses an accelerometer to detect swings and hits to trigger super bright NeoPixels with full sound FX!


7: Motorized Camera Slider MK3

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This project builds on top of our original bluetooth motorized camera slider. Most of the electronics and hardware components are repurposed in this upgrade and uses the exact same code and software.


6: Animated LED Sand – Physics Toy

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Create interactive simulated grains of sand! In this project we’ll show you how to build an LED physics toy. These LEDs interact with motion and looks like they’re affect by gravity.


5: Circuit Cookie Roller

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In this project we’ll show you how we made circuit cookies using 3d printed baking tools.
These cookies have patterned traces and sharp edges make that just look amazing!
In this video we’ll show you how to bake custom shaped cookies that have crisp details.


4: IoT Gmailbox

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Build a physical mailbox for your emails using Adafruit IO and IFTTT! This is a fun, easy, introductory project to the Internet-of-Things by making things move using Adafruit IO with IFTTT.


3: USB Foot Switch Controller

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This DIY foot switch controller simulates USB HID devices. It sends keypresses just like a keyboard or mouse. It can be used as an additional keyboard, let’s say you’d like to do overhead photography and use both hands but also want to trigger the camera at the same time.


2: Fumey The Fume Extractor

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1: DIY Mini Thermal Camera with Display

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In this project we’ll show you how to build simple a thermal camera. This mini thermal camera can sense the surface temperature of things and display them as a colorful heatmap. Temperatures are rendered in real-time and displayed as different colors to form a heat map.


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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.

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