Following his previous two "How to design and 3D print your own electronics enclosures" tutorial series Landon Cox from Inhald extended his CAD-focused theme and presented a third part of tutorial: how to design a clam-shell style enclosure with a removable faceplate and front panel that has connectors (DB9 and RJ45 connectors) protruding through the face plate.
As before, the objective isn't that this enclosure is specific to a real-world board, but the main objective is to show you what the process is to create an enclosure for an arbitrary PCB with connectors. That way, you can adapt these techniques your specific board and hopefully, the tutorial will be much more useful to you.
There are two videos to show you how it's done.
Landon 3D printed the enclosure on a LulzBot AO-100 using a 0.35mm nozzle, .5 fill density and 0.25mm layer height. The design files are all available on Thingiverse for downloading.
The first print was not smooth: The faceplate was printed too large for the groove so there is a gap inbetween. By belt sanding the edges of the faceplate he got it fixed in few minutes.
(All images credit: Landon Cox)
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