August 29, 2013 AT 1:00 am

3D Printed Molds for Creating Flexible Links with Sugru Tutorial #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Check out this handy 3D printing + Sugru mold making tutorial from RobotGrrl for creating useful flexible links for robotics projects and more!

In this tutorial we will be designing a mould for a flexible link and making one with Sugru. With the link, you can join two other 3D printed pieces together.

This technique can be used to build flexible areas in a robot, allowing it to have more movements than being directly driven by a servo.

Why does this matter? For some tasks, robots need to be flexible but still have a form. Combining the flexible links with structural aspects (e.g., vertebrae) helps to achieve this.

Going further, you can use these skills to make more complex moulds for flexible pieces. In the future when multi-material 3D printers are widely available, creating interesting hybrid pieces will be common….

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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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