Overview

In this project we'll show you how to bring creatures to life using magnetic filament and magnets, powered by a Circuit Playground Express and Crickit, Adafruit's robotics platform! 

The enclosure houses the electronics and the models are printed in Magnetic PLA.

Adafruit’s Crickit and Circuit Playground Express have everything you need to build a project with lights, sounds, and motor control.

 

These magnetic creatures come to life when placed close to the platform. Here a motor and magnet move the creatures around the platform. NeoPixel UV LED help illuminate the dual translucent material!

The print in place hinges bring these 3d printed creatures to life!

Prerequisite Guides

There's resources in these guides that go beyond what's covered in this tutorial. MakeCode guide is all about setting up your Circuit Playground Express board. The Circuit Playground Express introduction guide walks you through all of the pinouts, sensors and everything you need to know.

Parts

You can find the list of all parts used to make this project linked below!

Adafruit CRICKIT for Circuit Playground Express

PRODUCT ID: 3093
Sometimes we wonder if robotics engineers ever watch movies. If they did, they'd know that making robots into slaves always ends up in a robot rebellion. Why even go down that...
$29.95
IN STOCK

Circuit Playground Express

PRODUCT ID: 3333
Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and...
$24.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit NeoPixel UV LED Strip with 32 LED/m

PRODUCT ID: 3851
What new iteration of NeoPixel strip is this? Roll out the black light and disco ball! It's an Adafruit...
$24.95
IN STOCK

DC Motor in Micro Servo Body

PRODUCT ID: 2941
This tiny DC Motor in Micro Servo Body is an interesting motor - it's the same size and shape as our micro servo but it isn't a servo. It's...
$3.50
IN STOCK

High-strength 'rare earth' magnet

PRODUCT ID: 9
Yow! These things are super powerful. 1/2" diameter, 3/16" thick discs, south side is marked with a red line. Great for use with your SpokePOV Kit. If you have an aluminium...
$2.50
IN STOCK

Proto-pasta - 2.85mm Diameter - Magnetic Rustable Iron Filament

PRODUCT ID: 3753
Pici up this filament today! It'd be Fusilli not to buy...
OUT OF STOCK

Proto-Pasta - 1.75mm Magnetic Iron Filament

PRODUCT ID: 2797
Pici up this filament today! It'd be
$54.95
IN STOCK
1 x Male to Male Jumper Wires
Male to Male Jumper Wires
1 x CIRCUIT PLAYGROUND BOLT-ON KIT
CIRCUIT PLAYGROUND BOLT-ON KIT
This guide was first published on Apr 17, 2019. It was last updated on Apr 17, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Oct 18, 2019.