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WALLY - Wall Plate Customizer

by TheNewHobbyist, published

WALLY - Wall Plate Customizer by TheNewHobbyist Feb 7, 2013

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CUSTOMIZER CHALLENGE CONTEST WINNER - Useful Category

Update v1.3: Added 3 plate sizes "Standard", "Junior-Jumbo", and "Jumbo". If you've got a larger hole in your wall these may help.

So here it is, my first model designed in OpenSCAD. I found something that would really benefit from being a parametrically designed model: Wall Plates. I've created a OpenSCAD model that allows you to pick from a list of 18 types of connector/outlet style which then generates a 3D model correctly oriented and modeled to be immediately 3D printed.

So what options did I include in this file? Well I’ve allowed the user to pick any width from 1 to 5 “plates” wide. These were measured off the standard electrical box sizes and should match screw holes in your existing boxes. The list of available plug and outlet styles is listed below:

1. Blank Port
2. Toggle Switch (Takes up entire plate)
3. Duplex Outlet (Takes up entire plate)
4. Rocker/Designer Plate (Takes up entire plate)
5. Keystone Jack
6. VGA Port
7. HDMI Port
8. DVI-I Port
9. Displayport
10. Cat5e/Cat6 Port
11. USB-A Port
12. USB-B Port
13. Firewire IEEE 1394 Port
14. DB-09 Port
15. PS2 Port
16. F-Type/Coaxial Port
17. S-Video Port
18. Stereo Headphone Jack

With the exception of #2-4 all of the plug types are modular and be placed on the top, bottom, or centered on a generated wall plate. All of the ports (excluding the outlets and keystone jacks) are designed to accommodate DataPro.net’s panel-mount cables.

I asked a Mathlete friend of mine if he could calculate the possible number of plug and plate combinations and well, the number is big, real big. He estimates that you can generate a total of 850,789,801,599 possible permutations. Making this possibly one the most customizable objects currently on Thingiverse. If you'd like to check his math here's some nerdy details: thenewhobbyist.com/wall_plates.txt

Also I've included more details and a few additional pictures in a blog post here: thenewhobbyist.com/2013/02/designing-with-parameters/

Change Log:

Update v1.1: Stopped by Home Depot and picked up some wall plates to make a few corrections (thanks 3dsteve). I corrected the screw locations on the "toggle", "outlet", and "designer/rocker" plates. If you've generated one of these you may want to re-generate it.

Update v1.2: Added "Long Toggle Switch" for laird.

Update v1.3: Added 3 plate sizes "Standard", "Junior-Jumbo", and "Jumbo". If you've got a larger hole in your wall these may help.

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That example plate... putting a VGA monitor, then an AC Power, then a dual clip (ethernet, audio, any keystone), then a display port/dvi...
total violation of the best practices. keep your high voltage separate from your signalling. your video, audio, and internet should be in a low voltage area, not tied beside a 60hz AC power signal. thats how you get interference.

I had two wall plates in my apartment that were pieced together crap-jobs and I was able to design and print out really nice black ones to match the rest of the plates in the apartment. You deserved to win this one - excellent idea and design! You could probably start a small side business and website just configuring and printing these for people. Heck most folks would probably pay 10 tp 20 bucks for a hard to find customized wall plate in the color they liked. High fives 3d printing brother!

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There even more bnc. sma, speaker,grommet sizes, other

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Instructions

1. Open WALLY in Customizer by clicking "Open in Customizer"
2. Pick your plate width
3. Select the plugs or full plates options to fit your needs.

Note: Three of the plug types fill the entire faceplate (Toggle Switch, Rocker/Designer, and Duplex Outlet) selecting one of these will ignore any option set in the bottom hole of that plate.

4. Print
5. Install your customized wall plate

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bobnojio on Jan 21, 2014 said:

That example plate... putting a VGA monitor, then an AC Power, then a dual clip (ethernet, audio, any keystone), then a display port/dvi...
total violation of the best practices. keep your high voltage separate from your signalling. your video, audio, and internet should be in a low voltage area, not tied beside a 60hz AC power signal. thats how you get interference.

sirhaggus on Jan 2, 2014 said:

I had two wall plates in my apartment that were pieced together crap-jobs and I was able to design and print out really nice black ones to match the rest of the plates in the apartment. You deserved to win this one - excellent idea and design! You could probably start a small side business and website just configuring and printing these for people. Heck most folks would probably pay 10 tp 20 bucks for a hard to find customized wall plate in the color they liked. High fives 3d printing brother!

DPETTIT on Nov 3, 2013 said:

Well
There even more bnc. sma, speaker,grommet sizes, other

DPETTIT on Nov 2, 2013 said:

Hi Wally,
Love it great job. Hey what about more on the same plate. Like offset up to 6 keystones on same plate. Also maybe RCA connectors so you have feed through for video and dual rca for audio. That would work for component video also red, green, blue. I think it would be great to put 6 connectors on single plate depending on size. Take look at datapro option for plates you can do the same.

sucka on Sep 5, 2013 said:

I printed out a custom wall plate that I needed for the house that could not be found in any local big box department store. Perfect fit. Fantastic work!

m_jorge on Aug 23, 2013 said:

Please forgive if this has already be asked. Is there a way to get a 2D eps of the design for laser cutting (I'd like to make a stainless steel faceplate for multiple video connections)?

mtcolombo on Jun 12, 2013 said:

is there any way to customize the plate further with labels for each port? now that would be awesome! thanks!

TheNewHobbyist on Jun 13, 2013 said:

It's something I'd like to add when I get a chance to work on this again. I've been working on other projects but this is still on my todo list!

NinjaGladiator96 on Apr 7, 2013 said:

Thanks!

DataPro on Mar 19, 2013 said:

Hello TheNewHobbyist (Chris)! This is a fantastic implementation in OpenSCAD, and we at DataPro couldn't be more pleased that our cutout dimensions helped bring it about! If there's any other dimensional information you might need, just let us know and we'll dig it out for you.

We printed a 1-gang plate with the USB-A cutout and a keystone on our new Replicator 2X and noticed that while some keystones will fit in the frame you designed (F-Type keystone, RCA, PS/2), a network jack doesn't have enough clearance to rock into position the way keystones are supposed to.

You might also consider adding some supports behind the mounting points for the plate itself. See this image for reference: http://i.imgur.com/WKvUavA.jpg

Seriously, great job on this. We hope you'll remember us when you're famous!

Thanks!

TheNewHobbyist on Mar 19, 2013 said:

Thanks for the info guys, I've noticed the keystones are on the tight side too. I'll make sure to adjust that in my next update.

Good idea for the mounting supports, I hadn't considered that.

joshhighley on Mar 18, 2013 said:

mixing low voltage and high voltage in the same electrical box is against code in most places.

materialination on Mar 17, 2013 said:

Great work for our community can't see more of your design. Props

realitybytes on Mar 11, 2013 said:

Isn't this something that should only be installed by a licensed electrician?
And hence only have limited usefulness for most people?
Or are you by publishing this, encouraging illegal home wiring practice?

on Mar 12, 2013 said:

Illegal to install a faceplate? Where do you LIVE? It'd take a special kind of person to get injured or otherwise do it unsafely - those people probably shouldn't be trusted around anything that moves or gets hot, either.

bvac on Mar 11, 2013 said:

Have you been to a local hardware store in the past few decades?

jelos98 on Mar 11, 2013 said:

No, no, and no?

It's not even at the level of replacing a light switch (which is generally legal for a homeowner to do themselves anyhow). It's replacing a decorative cover over it, which doesn't even interact with the electricals.

jballard on Feb 9, 2013 said:

a single keystone plate can have slots for up to 6 keystones, it would be a great additions to this file.

macegr on Feb 9, 2013 said:

Please keep in mind that actual wall plates have fire suppression additives for obvious reasons. Our 3D printer filaments do not, and will burn quite nicely.

jballard on Feb 9, 2013 said:

not that im aware of, they are made of many materials including wood, and nylon, both burn readily.

BitBuilder on Feb 9, 2013 said:

Great idea, very useful!

3dsteve on Feb 8, 2013 said:

I used this to make, and print, a 'Full Plate - Rocker/Designer' switch plate. Those are the ones that have the single large rocker switch for turning on/off the lights.

The rectangular hole for the switch is too large. The switch dimensions are: 65.5mm X 32.5mm. The design prints out a 70.7mm X 38.5mm hole which is too large for the standard switches.

The mounting holes for the switch plate also turn out to be in the wrong place. The distance between them should be about 96.5mm and this program prints them out about 82mm apart. It looks like the measurements were probably made from the ends of the rectangular hole for the switch, rather than down from the top of the switch plate.

I did not try other designs after the first one had the incorrect dimensions. This is a great idea, but it may need a little more work.

TheNewHobbyist on Feb 8, 2013 said:

Thanks for the heads up, I picked up a few plates after work and have made the corrections you pointed out. Thanks!

TheNewHobbyist on Feb 8, 2013 said:

Do you have dimensions for the correct size of the rocker cutout? I used the dimensions from this rocker: http://i.imgur.com/RmbXq2b.png

But since it sounds like it's a little off I'd like to adjust it.

You're right about the screw hole locations, I used standard box width for that plate, I missed that they were slightly different. Thanks for the catch.

TheNewHobbyist on Feb 8, 2013 said:

Thanks for the info, I'll look into this later today.

gordym on Feb 8, 2013 said:

I attempted to make one that is 3 panels wide but the customizer does not let me type in the plate width area. I chose the three panels and it only creates the first one. Other than that, COOL!

TheNewHobbyist on Feb 8, 2013 said:

There is a slider under the "Plate Width" label. If you move that to the right it will add additional plates. Let me know if you have any additional trouble!

Applerust on Feb 8, 2013 said:

I'm going to use this in my new shop.

Dynamic on Feb 8, 2013 said:

amazing thanks !!!!

idolcrasher on Feb 8, 2013 said:

Looks like someone just won the useful objects challenge ;)

idolcrasher on Mar 11, 2013 said:

hahaha, I called it ;)

laird on Mar 11, 2013 said:

Yes, congratulations!

thecrazy on Feb 8, 2013 said:

Very nice! Thank you!

laird on Feb 7, 2013 said:

I love the idea of text labels. If you have any trouble with Write.scad, I'm happy to help!

I have some vertical sliders in my house. They are like this: http://www.kyledesigns.com/pro... .

The opening is (by the tech sheet) 2 23/32" (1.718") tall by 15/32" (0.468") wide.

I'd love to have 3D printed faceplates with labels for which slider controlled which light.

TheNewHobbyist on Feb 8, 2013 said:

I've added both text labels and your slider to my v1.1 check list. Thanks for the spec sheet, shouldn't be a problem to add that.

GoolGaul on Feb 7, 2013 said:

brilliant! Exactly what 3D printing is all about.
What you need, the way you need it...

litris on Feb 7, 2013 said:

Spanish or european 220V Schuko Please. ;-)

TheNewHobbyist on Feb 7, 2013 said:

If you have a link to dimensions I'd be happy to add it.

lowlight on Feb 7, 2013 said:

This should be featured.

MakerBlock on Feb 7, 2013 said:

Holy cow! Awesome first OpenSCAD contribution!

tbuser on Feb 7, 2013 said:

Very cool. Feature request: text labels. :)

TheNewHobbyist on Feb 7, 2013 said:

Hmm 3D printed (recessed) text or spots for slip in paper labels? Actually both of those are pretty good ideas :)

MakerBlock on Feb 7, 2013 said:

That would be great! Like... "Fire the LAZZOR"

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