Icetube Clock Enclosure

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Icetube Clock Enclosure by nmatsuda May 14, 2010

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This is an enclosure for the Adafruit Icetube VFD Clock Kit.


The enclosure requires 1 main body and 2 end panels, as well as a few extra parts:

8x M4 Socket-head Cap Screw (McMaster 91290A176)
8x M4 Hex Nut (McMaster 98676A200)
Jumper wire

This enclosure works best with new Icetube kits because the angled header at the base of the VFD needs to be inserted differently (see images). It's possible to desolder the bracket and flip it, though, which is what I did.

Connect the VFD breakout board to the main circuit board with jumper wire. I used pre-made 2" jumpers with little end sockets from Fry's, but you could just use a wire wrap tool.

Slide the main board and the VFD assembly into the enclosure.

Once you've lined up the buttons, power connector, etc with their respective openings in the case, click the mounting holes on the board down onto the corresponding pegs protruding from the bottom of the enclosure.

Depending on how stiff your jumper wires are, you may need to attach a spacer to the inside of the enclosure end panel to keep the VFD tube pushed all the way through both openings in the enclosure. I used a strip of adhesive felt that was meant for keeping table legs from scratching the floor.

Bolt on the ends of the enclosure.

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What would be the best way to print this (besides going to Shapeways) on my home 3D printer?

I've been eying an Icetube clock kit for a while - that's a gorgeous case. How much did it cost to have Shapeways make it? (since it clearly isn't printable without support material).


If your printer has dual extruders, print your product in whatever material you wish and use PVA for the supports. PVA dissolves in water, voila! I like to reduce my speeds when I dual extrude.

Their prices recently changed but it looks like now you can get it for $67 (with my $10 markup) here http://www.shapeways.com/shops/nathanmatsudahttp://www.shapeways.com/shops..., or of course you can upload the STL yourself.

WOW - fantastic design, well thought out.