Build a zoetrope inspired visual art display with 3D printed parts and Adafruit CRICKIT.

This creates the illusion of motion by rotating a series of acrylic panels that feature engravings of a single frame of animation.

A NeoPxiel illuminates the artwork engraving on the acrylic panels and changes color each frame to make a stunning effect.

A zoetrope is an animation display that gives the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of frames that progresses over time.

Powered by the Adafruit CRICKIT and Feather M4 running CircuitPython, this uses a DC motor and a photo interrupter to trigger a NeoPixel whenever the sensor detects a break.

The t-slot photo interrupter is mounted to the side of the enclosure and the NeoPixel is mounted on the other end right below the acrylic.

Each time the sensor detects a break, the NeoPixel changes color.


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1 x M3 Nylon Hardware Kit
Black Nylon Machine Screw and Stand-off Set – M3 Thread
1 x M2.5 Nylon Hardware Kit
Black Nylon Machine Screw and Stand-off Set – M2.5 Thread
1 x Jumper Wire 300mm long
Premium Female/Male 'Extension' Jumper Wires - 20 x 12"
1 x 10-wire Silicone Cover Ribbon Cable
Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Ribbon Cable - 10 Wire 1 Meter Long - 28AWG Black
2 x M3 x 30mm Long Screws
M3 Button Head Screw - 30mm long – For the motor
4 x Acrylic Sheet
1/8in thick Clear Acrylic Sheets

This guide was first published on Feb 14, 2022. It was last updated on Feb 14, 2022.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Feb 08, 2022.

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