Parakeet Beak Case (version 1)

by jamorham, published

Parakeet Beak Case (version 1) by jamorham Apr 2, 2017
0 Share
Download All Files

Thing Apps Enabled

Order This Printed View All Apps


Design Tools

Fusion 360


Liked By

View All

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag.

Print Thing Tag

Thing Statistics

1596Views 118Downloads Found in Electronics


Parakeet PCB beak style case

This is a case for the Parakeet board designed by mzst123

The case measures 5.5cm x 4.4cm x 2.6cm with a "beak" or wedge shape along one side.

It is designed to fit a specific battery, model 523450 (3.7v 1000 mAh) which I measured at 52mm x 34.5mm x 5.3mm. There is a bit of space left for a slightly wider battery, up to 40mm max. I left the extra clearance to ensure the wixel antenna can get a good signal from as many angles as possible.

Battery capacity shouldn't really go much below 1000 mAh because the SIM800 needs the potential for high burst current drain and the charging resistor would also need to be adjusted accordingly. This battery capacity has been giving over 2 days battery life.

I mounted the JST XH battery connector at 90 degrees to fit more neatly and reduce the assembled board height (by bending the connector legs using a hard surface) I also used a flat plastic spacer attached to the underside of the battery to provide extra insulation and physical protection between the battery and the board.

Only the external antenna socket was used with the supplied SIM800 plug in antenna. I didn't solder on the fixed antenna because the flat one has a lower profile and has always worked well for me. There is a small groove allowing for the gsm antenna to be mounted above the wixel antenna at 90 degrees against the side of the case.

The photos show the design printed in White ABS plastic (vapor smoothed) with a 100 micron setting. This gave a really nice result, feeling strong and light and with the LEDs visible through the case. Printed via 3dhubs.

Whenever working with lithium batteries, be sure you have studied and fully understand the safety considerations concerning these. Soldering the battery wires, using a battery incorrectly, short circuiting, using the wrong type of battery for a circuit or damaging the battery can result in a battery fire.

I would only ever crimp connectors, use high quality batteries from a reputable source and ones with built in protection circuits. Always being very careful to protect the battery from short circuit, physical damage or extremes of temperature. Any project you undertake is at your own risk.

Parakeet project page:


More from Electronics

view more

All Apps

Auto-magically prepare your 3D models for 3D printing. A cloud based 3D models Preparing and Healing solution for 3D Printing, MakePrintable provides features for model repairing, wall thickness...

App Info Launch App

Kiri:Moto is an integrated cloud-based slicer and tool-path generator for 3D Printing, CAM / CNC and Laser cutting. *** 3D printing mode provides model slicing and GCode output using built-in...

App Info Launch App
KiriMoto Thing App

With 3D Slash, you can edit 3d models like a stonecutter. A unique interface: as fun as a building game! The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D.

App Info Launch App

Print through a distributed network of 3D printing enthusiasts from across the US, at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. We want to change the world for the better through technology, an...

App Info Launch App

Treatstock is an online platform that offers decentralized manufacturing services such as 3D printing and CNC machining for clients all over the world. We offer free and instant access to comparati...

App Info Launch App

3D print your favourite design with NinjaPrototype, a professional 3D manufacture with consistent quality and speed.

App Info Launch App