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!

Top down view of a Adafruit CRICKIT for Circuit Playground Express with a circular board connected.
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A Black woman's manicured hand holds a round microcontroller with lit up LEDs.
Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and...
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Adafruit NeoPixel UV LED Strip flickering all LEDS
What new iteration of NeoPixel strip is this? Roll out the black light and disco ball! It's an Adafruit...
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DC Motor in Micro Servo Body and 0.1" power cable
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...
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Angled shot of a High-strength 'rare earth' magnet.
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...
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Spool of Proto-Pasta Magnetic rustable iron filament for 3D Printers, grey color with 2.85mm Diameter
Pici up this filament today! It'd be Fusilli not to buy...
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Spool of Proto-Pasta magnetic iron filament for 3D Printers - black color with 1.75mm Diameter.
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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.

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