Aug 20, 2017 | By Tess

Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht is hands down one of our favorite innovators within the fashion-tech field, having come up with such original designs as the 3D printed Smoke Dress, the 3D printed Spider Dress, and the ever amusing Drinkbot 3D printed cocktail dress.

Now, makers of all skills and ages have the chance to recreate one of the talented designer’s 3D printed pieces: a 3D printed Edelweiss necklace. The accessory, which incorporates LEDs and a printed circuit board (PCB), was recently featured in an Instructables tutorial by the accomplished designer.

The open source wearable is not only a stately fashion accessory but is also meant to function as a “DIY kit for the promotion of electronics and coding to a broad audience of kids and makers.” In other words, Wipprecht has created the piece to help people learn about and get into making in an accessible way.

Basically, the 3D printed Edelweiss necklace was designed to light up when the wearer pushes a button, helping to illuminate dark rooms or spaces. (Or, let’s face it, to look cool at a dark party!)

To make your own High Tech Edelweiss necklace, you’ll need a few components, starting with a custom (Edelweiss-shaped) PCB. This part can either be ordered via AISLER or can be milled at home using the EAGLE files that Wipprecht provides.

You’ll also need a 3D printed component which is designed to cover the PCB. Again, this part can be ordered (via Shapeways) or, if you have your own 3D printer handy, can be made at home with ease.

The project also requires an ATtiny microcontroller, an Arduino UNO, Electrolytic Decoupling Capacitors, jumping wires (M/M), as well as soldering equipment. According to Wipprecht, the tutorial should not take more than about two hours to complete, making it the perfect endeavour for a quiet afternoon or evening.

Once you have all your separate components ready, you can begin to assemble them, starting with the placement of the resistors. Next, you can insert and solder your LEDs onto the PCB, taking care to place the LEDs anode (+) leg to the right side.

Using the Arduino UNO, you can then begin to program the ATtiny microcontroller, which will, in turn, control the Edelweiss necklace once it is powered. The best part? You don’t have to do any of the coding yourself, as Wipprecht has provided the code necessary for the wearable to function.

Once that is done, you can solder all the electronic parts to the PCB, install the button and battery holder, and insert the photocell or light sensor in the front part of the device. Finally, you can then attach the 3D printed cover of the Edelweiss wearable and test out whether the illuminated necklace works.

If done correctly, you should have a 3D printed High Tech Edelweiss necklace that boasts three different kinds of light animations.




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