I wanted to remove locks from some Kwikset door knobs to make it easier to hold them during picking practice and also to take less room in my bag. I found that the doorknob locks are a bit awkward to hold for lock picking practice on their own… I’d already made a holder for double-deadbolts, so I decided to adapt the idea to the doorknob lock since I couldn’t find anyone else that had done something similar for these knob locks. Kwikset doorknob locks are held in by spring clips rather than by screws, and this new holder take advantage of that and also has anti-rotation tabs to keep the lock itself positioned in the holder. When you first put your lock in the holder, just be sure that the pin section is upright between the anti-rotation tabs and that you’re starting the rear clips in the center of the hole that they snap into, and it will go right in.
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!
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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.