Adafruit Offers 3D Printing Badge

By on March 9th, 2012 in Ideas


Do you remember those Boy Scout badges you’d get when you were a lot younger? We don’t as no one here was a Scout, but the point is that the scout badges represented the achievement of a particular skill, like swimming or handicrafts. Now we see electronics site Adafruit establishing skill badges for several DIY-style skills. 
What skills are represented in the badges? Quite a few, but the one we’re interested in is “3D Printing”. According to the badge description: 
This skill badge is awarded for those who have done amazing things with 3D printing. Whether they’ve built a kit, designed a system from scratch, or explored a new method,  they’re bringing the future home!
What else is offered as badges? Quite a few skills: Drawdio (music + drawing), Lasers, Open source hardware, soldering, mini-UAVs, HTML5, High-altitude balloon, Micro-controllers, Ohms law, Oscilloscope, Reverse engineer, Robotics, TV-B-Gone, Ada Lovelace (dedication & perseverance), Bike repair, Biohacking, Catapult, Circuit bender, Dumpster diving (!), Electrostatic discharge, Hacked Kinect, LEDs, Linux, Magic blue smoke (!), Metric system, Multi-meter, Open source upgrade, Programming, QR code, Radiation, Solar panel, Tesla coil, Water jet and Welding.  
Anyone achieving the entire set of Adafruit badges would definitely be interesting to meet. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!