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As we took on the littleBits Instructable Build Night with some of the littleBits projects (many which were done with our Kid's Open Make group), we noticed that the parts would sometimes slip as they were being moved around and tested out. When this happened, the connection to each module would obviously be severed. Thus, the idea for individual clips was born.

 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Tools needed:

- 3D Printer (any type will do)

- Digital Calipers

*Note: We realize not everyone will have a 3D printer but as this Instructable Build night was done at the Tampa Hackerspace, we had access to this equipment. We hope you too might have a space like this near you!*

Step 2: Measuring Time - Rectangle Wrap and Snap Clips

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Rectangle Wrap

Time to use the Digital Calipers. Go ahead and connect 2 of the littleBits together. It really doesn't matter which ones as they are all uniform in size. Now take a measurement of the rectangle that is formed by the pieces being connected side by side. Once you have the length and the width of the rectangle, you will also want to think about how thick you want to make it. Attached you will find our STL files for the 3D printer. We did a few sizes as some 3D printers act differently.

The wrap_strap files attached are the full rectangle STL.

Snap Clips

If you would rather try it with the snap clips, this time you will take a measurement of the height and width formed by the pieces being connected side by side or you can still just do the width and figure out the best size for you on the length. Once you have the measurement, again you will also want to think about how thick you want to make it. Attached you will find our STL files for the 3D printer. We did a few sizes as some 3D printers act differently.

The snap files attached are for the snap style clip STL

MrE2 months ago

Um yeah we just use rubber bands for hair and wrap those on. Im just saying is all. Please don't hate me for my attitusde

mkchronos (author)  MrE2 months ago

Cool, that works too. Necessity is the mother of invention, no?

tofu9113 months ago
Nice! I have littleBits and I also thought they needed more than just magnets to connect.