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January 3, 2013 AT 8:00 am

Useful 3D Printer Projects #3dthursday

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Here’s a short follow-up to “Why Does 3D Printing Matter?” that shares a short list of practical printed projects, from Business Insider:

Remember dot matrix printers?

Remember how little you missed them when you upgraded to a LaserJet?

Even though we’re in a “dot matrix era” of personal 3D printers, there’s enough interest to know that they’ll continue to be refined and further improved until we enter a LaserJet era.

But a 3D-printed object doesn’t have to be pretty to serve a practical purpose.

Here are 10 things you can make on a 3D printer today that are actually somewhat useful.

Read more.


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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!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!


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