Designing things from scratch is fun, but often someone out “there” (aka. the internet) has already considered, worked out the kinks, and executed on “your” idea. Just because something’s been done before though, doesn’t mean it’s not worth exploring.
As an advocate of project-based learning & free knowledge sharing, it’s not surprising that I often find myself leveraging other creators’ documentation & code to introduce myself to new tools or techniques. Especially when they provide the blueprints for DIY equivalents to more expensive commercial products.
Here are a few builds I’ve done that are partly or wholly based on other folks designs, with personal tweaks and additional documentation included where relevant.