Star Pendant

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I bought the Adafruit Space Invader pendant but I didn't want to just
dangle a PCB on my neck, so I made this. You can follow the project on
Adafruit's site for all instructions for the electronics. Just print
this case off and put it together. Beginner-friendly. Print the
battery holder with supports. Print everything else without supports
but you may need either a brim or printing disks (put these at the
pointy parts) because of the sharp corners (which may pull up off your
bed if it's not heated). Top and bottom snap together but you'll need a
couple of small screws and nuts for the battery holder. Optionally,
change out the JST connectors for something more rational. Finally, I
made mine without a switch and just programmed it to loop forever.

To get it back apart, just squeeze the bottom part and pry it apart.

Program your Gemma before you put it together and you won't ever have to
take it apart (provided you've used alternative JSTs) unless you tire
of the animations.

To ensure proper orientation, mount it so that what would normally be
the necklace part if you were just dangling the PCB is pointing towards
the small necklace holes, or away from the big battery hole. The big
battery hole goes at the bottom. There is enough room inside so that if
you don't get the wire lengths quite right, it'll be fine. You may
need to stick one piece of wire underneath the opposite side of the
backpack so that it sits evenly (you'll understand when you do it).

The circuit board assembly will move around slightly, especially if you push it in.  You can stop this by taping it or putting something non-conductive behind it, or just readjust as necessary.

Materials and methods

See the link for project details. I did not modify the original Adafruit project except to change out the JST connector:
- digikey 455-1648-ND
- 455-1133-1-ND
- 455-1183-ND

You can use a piece of yarn to hang the pendant around your neck.



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7b2563e68007c5662d8ed02f88ccb914?default=blank&size=40Graymalk published this design ago