it big enough to hold a small breadboard and have storage
space inside to hold all the components and programmer
(of course, for someone to use with my book,
Programming PICs in BASIC).
Several people I showed it to thought it was very
interesting, so I decided to share the fun I was having
through You Tube videos. I launched a channel at
youtube.com/user/beginnerelectronics to showcase how
to get started with both electronics
and 3D printing.
It was clear to me that the final
step of hardware, software, and
packaging was solved, and many
people were sharing designs on
Thingiverse and elsewhere.
Designing custom packaging for
electronic creations and then easily
sharing the designs with anybody
who wanted to print them on their
own 3D printer was here.
I know there are still many who
are still trying to decide if this 3D
printing is worth the expense, and
some are still confused about where
to start. That’s why I teamed up
with Nuts & Volts again to launch
The goal of this column is all
about helping you get started with
3D printing for your electronic
designs. Over time, we’ll include
projects that will be first released to
Nuts & Volts readers — mostly
related to packaging of electronics.
However, I will also show 3D
printed tools or objects for your
electronics lab, and helpful tips and
tricks. I will try to cover anything
new that may make 3D printing
easier in the future, as well. The
idea is to help you get started with
3D printing so you can create your
own 3D designs.
To make things less expensive
and easier for the beginner, I'll be
using my low cost Davinci 1.0
printer and the free Tinkercad
software to produce the .stl files to
print. This allows anybody to get
started and follow along with me
for less investment. Any of the
designs I produce for this column
will be shared through my website
and also Thingiverse after the article is published. In most
cases, the designs will work on other printers as well, so
you can import the .stl file into any software you want to
print or modify it in as you see fit.
If you have ideas for 3D prints you'd like to see here,
send me an email at email@example.com. It's great to
be back at Nuts & Volts to share in the fun of building
electronics and 3D printing with the readers. NV
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