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This thing is a documentation of my take on the "Steckdosen Würfel" versions published by "mathisox" and "Rolges DIY" on Youtube (see video links below). It is not meant to show you how to build one but instead shall discourage you to die from electrocution! Do not attempt to make this thing unless you are a trained professional. I am not a professional electrician nor have I played one on TV. I am just a curious hobbyist DIY maker.
My ElektroBloq was at first strongly inspired by mathisox' Youtube video but did raise a few red lights regarding safety especially around his wiring approach. I had already decided to make a proper version of mathisox' "Steckdosen-Würfel" when just a few days later Rolges DIY published his Youtube video addressing almost all my concerns with mathisox' design.
ElektroBloq may seem like a beast with over 20 STL files attached to the thing but really all it takes to make the simplest version are a few copies of just five STLs, a few screws and four or five off the shelf power sockets from my favourite online shop.
So do not despair and check the files that belong together.
2x EB Frame
4x (or 5x) one version of the EB Side (either industrial or Schuko)
4x (or 5x) fitting version of the EB Side Cover
2x (or 1x) any version of the EB Shield depending on what kind of ElektroBloq you need
You can mix and match to some extent. In case you want to mount the ElektroBloq to the ceiling you'll also have to print a hand full of the EB BC HalfChain (aka BloqChain) as well as one of the EB BC Eye, the EB BC Ceiling Mount, an EB Washer and of course an EB Shield with a hole for the "Eye".
So far I printed and assembled three different versions of the ElektroBloq with all but the frame parts printed for a fourth one. Two are ceiling mounted and very similar but the ones that are supposed to be carried around focus on different features.
Over the design process my greatest concern was always to not electrocute myself and to keep the ElektroBloq as safe as possible. Needless to say that this is not a tutorial and I am not a professional! This is merely a documentation of what I did and I would strongly advise against using my designs as mains voltage is probably going to kill you in case I made a mistake or you misunderstood the design.
25%, 5 perimeters, 5 bottom & top layers
Safety first! To make the screw holes and surfaces sturdy be sure to print with 25% infill, 5 perimeters, top and bottom layers.
Some assembly required
I used four 3.9x30 Spax drywall screws to connect the EB Frame parts because they are black but any 4x30 up to 4x60 screws should work fine.
You will need 3x12 screws to fasten the EB Shields to the EB Frame.
I used 3x12 screws to fasten the Schuko Power Sockets to the EB Sides and I used 3.9x30 drywall screws for the industrial EB Sides.
For other electrical accessories like power sockets, fuses, strain reliefs and similar items, please check the links below.
Get the power! (Just joking, use as inspiration)
Why so German?
Well - you know - Since I am based in Germany the initial ElektroBloq of course has to feature German power outlets. that said I think it should be easy to make it work with US or other sockets.
You can help to make it happen! Please comment links to sockets that might work with ElektroBloq and I will check those out and if necessary design EB Sides and EB Side Covers that fit those sockets.
Thank you! Please enjoy, share and comment.
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EB Frame 1.3
- Added two more screw holes inside for more shield options
EB Shield Feet V2
- Redesigned the feet from scratch for added ground clearance and to
- support EB StrainRelief as well as
- support a fuse socket