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October 31, 2013 AT 12:00 pm

#3DxElectronics – The Adafruit RFID Breakout Board Wand for MakerBot by Miax #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Kris Kortwright, a frequent participant in the Adafruit community, created an excellent 3D printed RFID breakout enclosure in Blender and shared it on Thingiverse. (He also brought it to Adafruit’s Show and Tell on 5/18/2013 here.)

This two-part design unites a tight-fit interior cavity for the electronics and components and a smooth, organic external shell with a handgrip — and it can be printed out on most desktop printers these days:

This is a wand/protector for the Adafruit RFID Breakout Board that I’m using in my RiderScan project.

It’s one of the best RFID/NFC breakout boards around, and since I’ll be using mine in a Horse Barn environment, I needed an enclosure that could stand up to wear and tear, as well as be functional and easy to use. This is my 2nd attempt to make such an enclosure using Blender and my trust MakerBot Replicator – I have ideas for a 3rd design in the works now.

The board is made by Kevin Townsand of Adafruit, and is a particularly well-made product – really ahead of it’s time.

Read more.

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