Layer by Layer: Mario Clouds Pendant #3DThursday #3DPrinting
Building the Mario Cloud Jewelry is a fun weekend project the will get you familiar with soldering small components into a tight space. The 3D files are editable to adjust for different tolerances of our printer and resolution you’ll be printing in.
The Mario Cloud Pendant includes the mounting holes for the 1.4” TFT display, enclosure and back cover. Boolean and union files allow you to easily adjust the walls and port holes.
Widgets used in the project include the slide switch and interior usb ports. The non union portion of the file is included if you need to rotate the slide switch and usb to the top of the enclosure.
Select accompanying parts and rotate 180 degrees, just make sure to appropriately wire the circuit to fit the adjust design.
The order of operations for subtracting the standoffs should be in this order:
• Merge stand offs the the enclosure first
• Subtract the standoff voids before merging the usb port hole. This way the void doesn’t subtract from the usb port.
Now we can merge the outer usb port hole, slide switch clips and standoffs.
Subtract the display cutout, slide switch hole and interior usb cut out and the additional details on the front face of the enclosure.
The back cover includes the loop for the split ring. Adjust the thickness for a larger ring by selecting the inside wall and using the pull option.
The cover screw (#4 phillips) uses a standoff the secure the it to the LiPoly backpack mounting hole.
The compact design needs cutouts around the slide switch and usb port to allow it to fit.
A 9mm pillar is added the lip to decrease the bulging caused by the vids needed to fit the enclosure.
Chamfer Screw hole
To allow the screw to be flush against the back cover, we’ll use a 2mm chamfer.
Add that extra touch to the design by printing each tiny button to add to the front face of the enclosure. You can paint or use different colors for each. Use glue to adhere the buttons to the face.
Add a small split ring to the loop and show off your love for retro!
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