May.4, 2012

Thingiverse user CarryTheWhat shared what the makers can make: print basic electronics using a plastic PCB and conductive thread, no solder and no etching chemicals. What you need is a 3D printer, conductive threads and base components(capacitors, motors, transistors, etc).

Programming was done in OpenSCAD. Instead of solder, wires, and breadboards, OpenSCAD generates a peg-board PCB and component holder, and a circuit can be hand-wound together with conductive thread.

He printed a LED flashlight as an example printed electronic, made entirely out of printed parts and 4 lengths of conductive thread, plus 2 batteries and 4 LEDs.

CarryTheWhat put up a detailed instruction on, with pictures. If you would like to give it a try follow his process from start to finish. Models and updated code are uploaded on GitHub.

Photo credit: CarryTheWhat


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