A CAD navigation tool is a great help for the construction and three-dimensional orientation in a technical drawing. A colleague of mine once said that it later feels like a body part has been amputated when you have to design without SpaceMouse after you have gotten used to it.
I use the SpaceMouse from 3Dconnexion for business and private use. This is very good in handling and function. Unfortunately, only two freely programmable buttons are installed here and the price for this simplest model is very high at 129 €. For me, the freely programmable keys are a must so that I don’t have to constantly switch between the keyboard and the SpaceMouse with my left hand. The 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Pro offers these additional functions, but at 299 € it is absurdly expensive. I didn’t want to support that and thought about something of my own.
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.
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