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September 21, 2012 AT 2:09 pm

Fritzing Friday: Ultrasonic Rangefinders, Shiny Buttons, and More! @FritzingOrg

Before we get into the new parts for this week, I wanted to answer several people who’ve asked what software I use to create Fritzing parts. Fritzing parts consist of vector art (tinySVG files) and an XML file which contains the data about the part, like connector names, part descriptions, etc. To draw the SVG files, I use Inkscape. For the text editing, which can get quite extensive on parts with a lot of connectors, I use EditPad Lite, though any text editor will probably work just as well. Finally, the built-in Fritzing parts editor is useful for combining all the images together.

I’d also like to mention that you are welcome to make parts requests in the comments here or on future Fritzing Friday posts — I can’t guarantee that all the parts requested will end up in the library, but I’ll certainly take it under advisement. :)

And now, on with this week’s new parts!

First up, we’ve got our shiny, glowy waterproof illuminated pushbuttons:

Next, we’ve got the Maxbotix ultrasonic rangefinders in green (regular vesion) and black (hi-res version):

Finally, some various odds and ends:

From left to right:

As always, you can get the latest version of the Adafruit Fritzing Library on GitHub!

Have a nice weekend!

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2 Comments

  1. Many thanks for all of the Fritzing parts – I’m just getting started with it, but I’m learning a lot. I really appreciate your making these available to the community; I tried my hand at generating my own parts, and just made a huge mess of it.

    You’ve already got most of the pieces I’ve used in the RoverBot project so far, though I don’t see a part for the XBee adapter kit. Are there plans to cover that one in a future Fritzing parts update?

    Also, the I2C LCD backpack would be handy, since I see parallel display modules but not the backpack adapter.
    Thanks again for all the hard work!

  2. Seconding the suggestion for the I2C/SPI backpack.

    Thanks for the hint about Inkscape! I’ve a few other parts (Sparkfun SPI backpack for a start) that would be really cool to add to Fritzing.

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