Prototyping stuff

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by ke5nnt, May 21, 2013.

  1. ke5nnt

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    Hi all, I've been working on an electronics project that I would like a custom enclosure for. I've looked at 3D printing which is fairly expensive. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with 3D printing, or machining, or making your own mold and casting your own resins etc etc... I'm shooting for something in a black ABS type plastic. Suggestions? Do you have a printer or a milling machine and want something to do with it? lol. My ears are open to your suggestions.
    Here are some CAD renders. It's roughly 10.5cm x 2.6cm x 7cm

    Thanks!
     
  2. tindel

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    We use 3D printers a lot where I work to prototype electronic boxes - they work pretty well.

    I know that some hacker spaces have 3D printers - the membership is a bit steep for my blood here in Denver though ($250ish a month).
     
  3. ke5nnt

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    Yeah I'm definitely not looking for some kind of membership deal where I'd be printing a lot.
     
  4. Brownout

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    There are all kinds of project boxes available for cheap. Get something close and modify it to your requirements.
     
  5. MrChips

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    I've build cases like that in the past using maple or birch pieces for the bottom and sides. For the face panel I have used a flat piece of black plastic or brushed aluminum that is folded around the front, top and back. Looks sleek to me.
     
  6. #12

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    I hire a local sheet metal shop.
     
  7. sherlock007

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    that's great..
     
  8. ke5nnt

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    What kind of prices do you usually see with something like that #12?
     
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