Arduino LCD button faceplate

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Arduino LCD button faceplate by jwags55 Jun 28, 2013
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Designed to be used with Adafruit's LCD shield kit with buttons (one example: http://www.adafruit.com/products/772) and Carlon electrical box (P/N E989NNJ). I purchased my Carlon 4" x 4" x 2" box from Home Depot for about $7.00. The box does not have any holes in it (for sensor wires or power), so you'll have to add those yourself or make another box. To activate the reset button you will need to use a paperclip or similar small pin.

One STL has text on the buttons and the other does not.

If you want to make your own box, the overall height x width is 101 mm x 101 mm and the holes are 3.625 in x 3.625 in center-to-center.


Sliced @ 0.2mm
50% fill

(1) faceplate
(4) M3 x 10 mm screws
(4) M3 nuts (optional, I just threaded into board because PCB diameter was small)
(1) Carlon box (or equivalent)

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Buy a box for 7 bucks when I can print one myself cheaper?

Maker Heresy, I tell you ......

The faceplate however is very kewl .....

Hi would it be possible to swap to buttons to the other side, my lcd has mirrored buttons.

If it were an exact mirror, it would be easy. I was looking at the Adafruit's Raspberry Pi LCD + keypad and noticed several key differences. (1) Select button is not an exact mirror, (2) contrast potentiometer is in a different location, (3) the main board looks to be a different size. The last difference is a problem. My design uses a pair of "clips" to help secure the main board to faceplate. Without these, the button "pushes" were not consistent. So in order to properly modify the design, I would need to have one of these boards so I could tweak the faceplate accordingly. Maybe you can convince Adafruit so send me one. :).

Thanks Jesse, but I doubt that I would make one for Sainsmart products. I have purchased from Sainsmart before because their prices are so low, but I there is no comparison between Adafruit and Sainsmart for support and development. Putting this faceplate on Thingiverse was just a simple way for me to help support Adafruit and their products. The code they make available through their website has been very helpful for me.

I agree with you about the quality. Adafruit is very good.

I made one based on your design for someone else who already had the other LCD shield.


LCD Shield Face plate
by jesse

What type of plastic did you use to make the item?

I used PLA.