MakerBot Board Covers

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MakerBot Board Covers by WRIGHTMEDIA Jul 22, 2010
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A set of snap-on covers for the MakerBot's stepper motor printed circuit boards and its motherboard.
I have included the SolidWorks part files and the STL files.


Print with a 3D printer. For the stepper covers, ensure the letter on the cover corresponds with the letter of the stepper board.
The two parts of the motherboard cover need to be glued together. Use hot glue along the seams where the two parts butt.
Once parts are complete, press fit onto boards.

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I was thinking about doing the same thing and then either putting mesh or spraying metallic paint on the enclosures to reduce the EMI problems that a lot of makerbots have.

Why use hot glue instead of ABS glue?

You can make ABS glue by dissolving a bit of raft material or other thin ABS scrap in some acetone.... add more until it is thick enough...

From a cursory glance I would be concerned about insulating the stepper driver boards, as they can sometimes get warm. Any notes on that?

I do like the smooth look though, much less danger from bits of metal being moved around near the machine, and less fragile.

I have not encountered any problems with the covers in place. I have processed at least two builds that have taken over an hour without any issues.