Realtalk: I hate printing boxes. I mean, unless you need something super-specific size-wise or you need something with a lot of ins and outs for wires and bolts, there’s far better options out there. Even in the case of ins and outs, here’s makercase a browser-based CAD program for laser-cutting.
That said, if you do need an enclosure and 3D printing is somehow your only option, my advice is don’t half-heart it. Bear in mind, I’m not bashing the brothers Ruiz or anyone at Adafruit; they do awesome work, and I’m not just saying that because I used their trellis enclosure as the template for mine. My issue with their design, however, is it’s too lightweight, and too fragile unless you’re using very tough material at a very fine layer height. In a factory setting, it’s a fragile little buttercup. I need something that can take a beating. It won’t survive a two-story fall, but may weather a minor desk-related flooring.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!
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