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Case for USB Stick

by NickAmes, published

Case for USB Stick by NickAmes Oct 23, 2011
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This is a case for a USB stick/USB drive. The original (a 4gb PNY attache mini) case was ugly and poorly made, so I printed a replacement.

Notice how my name is written on the side of the case. Unlike other manufacturing technologies, the cost of a 3D-printed object increases does not increase much with greater complexity.This creates interesting possibilities for embedding information within physical objects (in this case, the name of the owner of the USB stick).

Instructions

  1. Disassemble your USB stick.

  2. Measure its dimensions and modify the internal cavity of the case to fit.

  3. Add your name, if you like. (I used Blender's text tool.) Text works best when placed on the sides of objects.

  4. Print the two parts. Make sure that everything fits.

  5. Glue the USB stick circuit board into the case. Try to place the glue on the USB connector, so that it bears the load.

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How do I add text to the file? Blender is a mysterious and impenetrable black box.

I'm afraid it's not very straightforward.This is how I do it in Blender 2.49; I think the steps will be the same for the more recent versions, but I'm not sure of the exact commands.

Create a text object and enter your text. Set the extrude parameter for the object to the depth you would like your text to have. (I've found that 0.5-1mm gives good results.) Convert the object to a mesh. Enter edit mode and face mode. Select the middle faces and one side of the text. Change to edge mode, select inverse, and delete edges.
Join the text object with the object you want to add text to. Delete the face(s) on the side where you want the text to be. Line up the open side of the text with where the face used to be. Select the vertices of the open side of the text and the vertices of the hole around it, the press Shift-F to fill it automatically.

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