Hackaday Superconference: 3D Printing For Electronics



For her day job, Amie D Dansby functions as a software simulation developer, producing simulations for video games. In her free time, she’s implanting the secret to her Tesla within her arm, creating cordwood jewellery  and cosplay swords, also looking for other adventures in electronics and 3D printing. Amie has created a name for himself in the 3D print community, and she’s surrounded by fans if she attends the RepRap meetups and Maker Faires.

She was popular at this season ’so called Hackaday Superconference, in which she gave a talk to the integration of 3D printing and electronics. Amie’s work concentrates on fires and cosplay, which is an art unto itself, and now you just have to appear at some of the old Mythbusters, the documentary footage out of ILM, or even model manufacturers to realize this is an arcane art that takes a whole lot of skill. Lucky for us, Amie was there to reveal the tips she’s picked up on the decades to create building a one-off piece easier than you might imagine.

If you’do something as a project or a hobby, you eventually come up with a bag of tricks, tools of this trade, or alternative shortcuts to create building the next thing easier. Electronic props are not any exclusion. If you will need a circuit that amuses some LEDs and also makes noise with a speaker, you’ll probably look something once and reuse it on many jobs. [Amie] is doing exactly this, with a technique she’s calling a ‘black box’. These black boxes could be servos connected to a microcontroller, or only a battery, lighting, and switch. Either way, the longer you can do something the better you are at doing it, and making components is no exception.

But for Amie, the majority of her insights into creating custom props and cosplay gear are in the field of library administration. Amie uses Fusion for a good deal of her work, and you may get Fusion models for nearly the entire McMaster Carr catalog. Having this decoration of mechanical engineering in the fingertips as a 3D version is a force multiplier; not only are you able to model something, you may even get the part you want. The McMaster Carr catalog is truly one of the terrific heros of engineering, and whoever decided to put those 3D models into Fusion deserves sainthood.

Over this, Amie is using library.io, Autodesk’s ‘datasheet into Eagle part’ tool. Additionally, this is a game changer. Now you ’ll never have to produce part in Eagle again, and it’ll generate a CAD version also. Amie is also designing parts using parametric tools, a great technique that enables remixing of layouts.

As for what she’s assembled, you’ve obtained Farscape guns and LED couture. You’ve got swords out of Zelda, and things with equipment. Amie is among the more creative and productive talents out there, and we’re more than happy to hear about how she functions in the Hackaday Superconference.

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