Skip to main content
shopping_basket Basket 0

How to build a 3D printed Radio Globe to tune into radio stations from around the world

Hey Jude
Ever wanted to explore thousands of the world's radio stations, in seconds, simply by spinning a globe? I created the DesignSpark Radio Globe to mark the 10th Birthday of DesignSpark and the launch of DesignSpark Mechanical v5.0.

Parts list

Qty Product Part number
2 Bourns 1024 (Position) Pulse Absolute Mechanical Rotary Encoder with a 3.17 mm Plain Shaft (Not Indexed), Through Hole 7899490
1 1m x 4mm Diameter 303S31 Stainless Steel Rod 0682810
1 Raspberry Pi 4 4G Model B 182-2096
1 Raspberry Pi, 15.3W AC DC Adapter 5.1V dc, 3A, 1 Output Power Supply, Type G 187-3416
100 RS PRO, M4 Brass Threaded Insert diameter 5.6mm Depth 7.95mm 278-556
1 RS PRO 1.75mm White PLA 3D Printer Filament, 1kg 832-0223
I'm a Product Design Engineer, currently living in the UK. I have been fortunate to have lived, studied and worked in Hong Kong, Norway and California. I believe physical models help people to communicate, develop and test their ideas. I give workshops and have been creating tutorials showing how to work with simple materials to create functional objects - either for professional work or for just for fun!


July 27, 2020 11:42

I think there may be a few too many "RS PRO, M4 Brass Threaded Insert diameter 5.6mm Depth 7.95mm" in the parts list. Its states 100.

July 30, 2020 09:09

@philipsg So the M4s are optional, but the M3 type are pretty essential. It's slightly problematic that you can only order in pk of 100, but then I think they are darn useful things to have in your workshop ;o) Do check out the full guide, which gets into more specifics... Thanks for the note tho =)

Related Content

DesignSpark Electrical Logolinkedin