Dispense a single pill into your hand with the push of a button rather than unscrewing the lid each time. The three components are each individually printed and assembled using two small screws. The push button operates with a spring harvested from any standard writing pen. The pill bottle is pressure fitted onto the pill hopper. Screw threads were omitted to provide versatility between different bottles. However, I fully support anyone modifying the design to include a threaded orifice. This design works best with smaller oblong or oval shaped pills with a hard outer coating such as those used for allergy medications. I’ve found that round pills with a matted surface such as standard Ibuprofen don’t slide around each other easily and tend to clog the bottom mechanism. If a pill doesn’t dispense after two pushes, a simple tap on the side of the bottle allows compacted pills to loosen and drop to the bottom.
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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