Thanks to instructables user FluxGarage for sharing these very detailed build instructions for building a front plate for several Adafruit LCD Shield Kits (714, 716, and my favorite the 772) – this really is a very cool upgrade idea for any project that utilizes small pushbuttons.
In this tutorial we’re going to build a lasercut acrylic frontplate for an Adafruit 16×2 LCD + Keypad Shield (Arduino version). Due to a simple adjustment, you’ll have comfortable access to all the keypad buttons.
If you don’t have a lasercutter, use lasercutting services like ponoko or formulor to get the necessary parts. You can find the regarding lasercut template file below. Beside the lasercut-plates, you’ll also need some screws, nuts, tactile buttons and plastic glue to realize this project.
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