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3D Printing Designers Interview: Pedro & Noe from Adafruit

1. Guys, can you say a few words about yourself and your work?

Hi there! We’re brothers and we like to design and make things. We design weekly builds that combine 3D printing and DIY electronics to make inspirational projects. In our weekly show, 3D Hangouts, we chat about things we’re prototyping, share tips and techniques that we’ve learned and debut our weekly project along with a discount coupon code for purchasing goodies in the Adafruit shop.

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2. Where do you get your inspiration to create your great designs?

Most of our inspiration comes directly from the DIY maker community. We also get inspired by pop culture, video games, and movies.

3. Which CAD software(s) do you use to make your designs?

We’re really liking Autodesk Fusion 360, but we also like Maya and Meshmixer. We’re not super experienced in Fusion 360 (yet) and there’s always things to learn. Noe enjoys making tutorials about things we learn when making our projects and does a Layer by Layer screencast once a week.

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4. What 3D printer have you got and what are your regular printing settings?

Too many to list! At Adafruit, we stock several 3D printers. It seems like we’re testing a new one every month. Each week we make a new project and we tend to utilize each one for different things. We like to think of our printers like our DSLR lenses. Each one has its own specialty.

As for our print settings, we have tons of them so we actually share our printer profiles for Simplify3D on our github repo. Each project has it’s own set of settings but we tend to default to 0.2mm layer height, 220c extruder, 20% infill and strive to print with no rafts or supports :-)

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5. Finally, among all your great work, what is your favorite creation?

Pedro’s favorite project is Guy Manuel’s Helmet from Daft Punk - It’s one of the biggest projects and best examples of how finishing techniques can be applied to 3D printed parts. Pedro achieved a really smooth surface finish and gained new experiences and techniques that we can apply on future projects. We think it’s a really nice piece of work. It’s also one of the first projects that showcases Bluetooth wireless connectivity and it’s just super cool to use his Apple Watch as a remote control.

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Noe’s favorite project is the PiGRRL2, a Raspberry Pi Gameboy. This is his fourth iteration of a 3D printed retro game console but this one is special because he learned EAGLECad and designed a custom gamepad PCB for this project and made it to be one of the most approachable builds for beginners. It’s a really fun build and a great example of combining 3D printing and DIY electronics.

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