Pathfinder is a fan favorite character from the game Apex Legends. In this guide, we'll show you how to build your own interactive desktop Pathfinder desktop companion, complete with Adafruit PyPortal chest screen, voiceover lines from the the game, and glowing LED robot eye!

We'll build Pathfinder using 3D printed parts, Sugru moldable glue, and an array of electronics, all programmed on the PyPortal with CircuitPython.

This is an advanced project and a very involved build!

Parts

PyPortal, our easy-to-use IoT device that allows you to create all the things for the “Internet of Things” in minutes. Make custom touch screen interface...
$54.95
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PyPortal is our easy-to-use IoT device that allows you to create all the things for the “Internet of Things” in minutes. Create little pocket...
$9.95
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Sugru! Soft-touch silicone rubber that molds and sets permanently. Sticks to aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and some fabrics + plastics! sugru is the incredible new air-curing...
$17.95
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PowerBoost 1000C is the perfect power supply for your portable project! With a built-in load-sharing battery charger circuit, you'll be able to keep your power-hungry...
$19.95
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This incredibly small stereo amplifier is surprisingly powerful - able to deliver 2 x 3.7W channels into 3 ohm impedance speakers. Inside the miniature chip is a class D controller,...
$8.95
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1 x Speaker - 40mm Diameter
4 Ohm 3 Watt Speaker - 40mm Diameter - 4 Ohm 3 Watt
1 x Adafruit Perma-Proto
Half-sized Breadboard PCB - Single $4.50 IN STOCK
1 x Convex Glass Lens
with Edge - 40mm Diameter
1 x Round Panel Mount Adapter
Micro USB B Jack to USB A Plug
1 x USB cable
USB A to Micro-B
1 x DIY USB or HDMI Cable
30 cm Ribbon Cable
1 x DIY USB Cable Parts
Straight Type A Plug
1 x DIY USB Cable Parts
Right Angle Micro B Plug Down
1 x JST-PH 2-Pin SMT
Right Angle Breakout Board
1 x Rugged Metal Pushbutton
16mm 6V RGB Momentary
1 x Flora RGB Smart NeoPixel
version 2 - Pack of 4

Tools

In additions to the parts above you'll need access to a 3D printer and PLA filament in a variety of colors to suit your Pathfinder build.

For the electronics, you'll want the following tools, or equivalent:

This compact but 50W-powerful stationary soldering iron is a great entry-level soldering station, and we've been using it around Adafruit for soldering with a lot of success....
$44.95
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Silicone-sheathing wire is super-flexible and soft, and it's also strong! Able to handle up to 200°C and up to 600V, it will do when PVC covered wire wimps out. We like this...
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1 x Solder Wire - 60/40 Rosin Core
0.5mm/0.02" diameter 50 grams
1 x Spudger
Double Sided Prying Tool

Fasteners

Most attachments will be made using Sugru, however, we'll use M4 hardware to fasten Pathfinder's torso halves together, as well as to secure the monitor frame.

2 x M4 x 50mm socket head screws
Black-Oxide Alloy Steel Socket Head Screw M4 x 0.7 mm Thread, 50 mm Long, Partially Threaded
2 x M4 x 14mm socket head screws
18-8 Stainless Steel Socket Head Screw M4 x 0.7 mm Thread, 14 mm Long
4 x M4 x 4.7mm heat-set inserts
Tapered Heat-Set Inserts for Plastic Brass, M4 x 0.70 mm Thread Size, 4.700 mm Installed Length
4 x M2.5 x 3.4mm heat-set inserts
Tapered Heat-Set Inserts for Plastic Brass, M2.5 x 0.45 mm Thread Size, 3.4 mm Installed Length
Totaling 380 pieces, this M2.5 Screw Set is a must-have for your workstation. You'll have enough screws, nuts, and hex standoffs to fuel your maker...
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This guide was first published on Jun 24, 2020. It was last updated on Jun 24, 2020.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Sep 30, 2020.