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June 19, 2014 AT 9:00 am

IRIS LEDs and Prop Guards #3DPrinting #3DThursday

This summer light up the night sky and fly safe with your drone. In this project, we’ll show you how you can upgrade the iris quad copper with LED NeoPixel rings and 3d printed prop guards. These parts provide extra protection to your propellers and are extremely light weight. The tall legs and propeller guards are printed in high impact strength PET material. The mounts easily clips to the propeller arms and secured together with machined screws. The LED Neopixel rings are powred by a 1200 mAh lipo battery with some help from the PowerBoost 500. Our tiny trinket micro controller can animate these lovely LEDs using our NeoPixel arduino library. If you’re thinking about getting Iris or alrighy a pilot, you can make this close encouter of the 3DR kind.

Full Tutorial on The Adafruit Learning System.
Download STLs on 123D Design Gallery


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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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