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4/8/2019 | By ASHLEY

Freeform Circuit Sculptures

What is a freeform circuit sculpture, and why am I writing about it? It is the art of creating a sculpture from electrical components using brass rods or wire to build the circuit into form. This is an aesthetically pleasing and highly compelling practice that typically doesn’t include circuit boards or enclosures, although they are sometimes still used.

The scope of these sculptures range from a few LED’s and resistors powered by a coin cell battery, on up to drivable robots and more. No matter the scope of electronics in these sculptures, they are an impressive feat of engineering and steady hands. The planning that goes into all of the bends and connections is really something.

Below are a few of my favorite pieces from fellow Maker Mohit Bhoite. I stumbled upon his work a few months back on Twitter (follow him @MohitBhoite) and have been enamored with his work ever since.

Image of Joystick Controlled Snake Game

[Image source: https://twitter.com/MohitBhoite/status/1080554308448354304]

This project features a joystick controlled snake game. We’ve all seen/played this game before, but not quite like this! Mohit modeled and 3D printed a jig for the assembly of the LED array to help line the individual LED’s up ever so perfectly. Talk about attention to detail, I don’t see one crooked line on the entire piece. This one is controlled by the Trinket M0 from Adafruit.

Image of Air Quality Meter

[Image source: https://twitter.com/MohitBhoite/status/1080554308448354304]

Another project of his is this adorable air quality meter. It runs off of the Particle Photon and uses the Adafruit CCS811 gas sensor breakout board. To up the “cute” factor he added eye animations to the OLED display and used his Bantam Tools desktop milling machine to cut the brass face plate.

Image of Freeform Circuit Sculptures

[Image source: https://twitter.com/MohitBhoite/status/1103479112939659265]

Image of Freeform Circuit Sculptures

[Image source: https://twitter.com/MohitBhoite/status/1103479112939659265]

Mohit is just one of the many Makers helping to popularize this skill by sharing his inventions with others around the globe. With the recent Maker Movement, people from all walks of life have been trying new things and encouraging others to do so as well. If you have any cool projects you’d like to share with the world, post them on social media and use #MakeWithDigikey so you can start inspiring others!