Lilypad holder

by mizliz, published

Lilypad holder by mizliz Nov 2, 2011
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My students and I love the LilyPad, but we want to be able to move the LilyPad from project to project without a lot of hassel or having to destroy our handywork. The solution? Add a makerbotted holder with magnets and snaps!

One magnet is placed under the LilyPad. the other magnet sandwiches the material and the holder to attach the LilyPad to the project.


Materials needed:

  1. Lilypad-http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9266
  2. Size 4 sew on snaps
  3. 2 Super Strong Rare-Earth RE Magnets (10mm x 1mm / 100-Pack)-http://www.dealextreme.com/p/super-strong-rare-earth-re-magnets-10mm-x-1mm-100-pack-13516
  4. Wire cutter
  5. Wrap/Strip/Unwrap Tool; for 30AWG -http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=8271431
  6. Solder
  7. Soldering Iron

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Do you have any step-by-step on how to assemble the project?

Wow! thanks. this one is one of the more complicated ones I'm printing. i'm going to use it wiht my lilypad

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what is a lilly pad


It looks like you labeled the power pins with blue and red wires on some of the mounted lily pads.

The snaps have top and bottom parts. You could key the connector by using 21 bottoms and 1 top snap in the frame. That way, when the frame is snapped to the clothes, it would be harder to snap it on the wrong way.

I suggest making the ground pin, be the keyed connector, but that is an arbitrary c

a brilliant idea! i totally agree and would strongly advise this to mizliz

I think the sew on snaps are a great idea! It seems like an obvious choice when talking about fabric, but I had never considered them when it came to printed parts.

I think they could be used much more extensively in makerbotted electronics, they'll make good general purpose electrical connectors between parts and being able to integrate them into fabric designs means that the things like detachable power sources and wearable/flexible electronics designs coul
d benefit for a growing set of standard printable parts.

Marvellous! :)

Great design. Love it.

This is awesome Liz! I'll be printing a bunch as soon as I get back to NYC :)

Oooohhh.. I haven't delved into the wearable computing bit yet, but now I'm intrigued. Could you use/adapt this to make a wash-safe(r) "mount" for the lilypad, so the clothes (with conductive threads) could be washed easier without having the lilypad connected? For that matter, does anyone use magnets of any kind in their clothing (I just imagined it sticking to the side of a washing machine?).

It'd be cool to be able to put on your shirt, snap on the lilypad via magnets, then go about your day.

if the magnet under the lilypad was rare earth, couldn't you get away with just a bit of ferrous metal under the shirt.

Good point!