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PanelDue enclosure

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PanelDue enclosure by dc42 Jan 28, 2015
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This is a parametric enclosure for the PanelDue controller board and touch-screen display. It supports two different 4.3 inch displays, two 5 inch displays, and one 7 inch display. The lip is optional and is intended for hanging the enclosure from the front top horizontal extrusion of a Kossel.

Please note: PanelDue boards shipped from January 2016 onwards are version 1.1 which is 5mm narrower than the version 1.0. The OpenScad model allows you to select which size you want.

Open this object in Customizer to select the options you require. If you have a version 3.0 PanelDue controller board, select Board Version 2.0 in Customizer.

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Can someone export or tell me what parameters to change in the scad to get the case that fits 4.3 lcd and 3.0 board ?
many thanks

Evening David.

Thanks for these, but you wouldn't be able to supply the STEP files would you so that I can import it into Fusion 360 to modify to my frame please?

Thanks. Ian

I'm sorry, I designed it in OpenSCAD which doesn't provide export to STEP.

Ah no worries buddy, I thought that might be the case but wanted to ask just in case. Thanks. Ian

Is there a version for 4.3 lcd with 3.0 board ?
cant find this configuration in the scad file.
regards

The designs for version 2 boards are compatible with version 3 boards.

Hi dc42,
I'm sorry but I cant get correct parameters in order to export the case for my 4.3 lcd and 3.0 board, Can you help me with that please ?

What parameters are you having trouble with? Under Board Version, select 2.0 because that will fit the version 3.0 boards too.

the holes for fixing the 3.0 board doesn't match the board

My thanks to fulg and WalterSKW for pointing out the error. I have corrected the .scad file.

Hi David, When printing this thing, I saw that the lid contains a hollow space which obviously didn't print well. (sliced with S3D V4).
I changed the LID code in the SCAD file to produce a solid backpanel.
Here are my mods marked in 'bold':

module Lid(){
translate([0,LidSep+MWid,0])RoundBox(MLen+2MWall,MWid+2MWall,MBase+2,MRad,MWall,MBase);
translate([0,LidSep+MWid,0])RoundCube(MLen-Tol,MWid-Tol,MBase+4,0);
}

Thanks this fixed my problem!

Comments deleted.

Hello David, I believe there is a small error in the SCAD code for the lid. I think the last parameter to RoundBox should have been MBase+2, not MBase. As it is now the lid will not slice correctly because there is nothing for the inset to sit onto. You can see the issue in OpenSCAD itself when setting Lid=1, near the screw holes of the lid.

Fixed code:

module Lid(){
    translate([0,LidSep+MWid,0])RoundBox(MLen+2*MWall,MWid+2*MWall,MBase+2,MRad,MWall,MBase+2);
    translate([0,LidSep+MWid,4])RoundCube(MLen-Tol,MWid-Tol,MBase+2,0);
}

Cheers!

Thanks for the feedback, it's on my (long) list of things to look at.

If possible is there a way to change lip at the top for hanging the enclosure to the bottom ?

Just fit the existing enclosure design upside down. The Setup page of PanelDue allows you to turn the screen upside down.

It seems like the 7" version with the 2.0 board doesn't work so well, the cables on the right are too tight and all of the straight through cables I have for the SD card won't fit with the little room either. I used the openscad version and ensured I selected the correct options for 7" and the paneldue 2.0 board. My recommendation is to make more room on the right (when looking at the screen) to ensure cables can fit or have an option to have a hole, like the microusb slot does to give it enough room for things to connect.

Thanks for your comment. It fits on my setup, although I agree that there isn't a lot of space. You can increase the space by adjusting this line in the .scad file:

    (BoardVersion >= 2) ? 66.3 : 47.3,  // version 2 board is actually 65.3, the extra 1mm is to make wiring easier

Just increase the value 66.3 to whatever you want. I'll probably increase it by another 1mm next time I update the file.

I just had one made using the Customizer for 4,3" version 2 with SD and no LIP
It fits very nicely, but where is the opening for the wires? You just meant for wires to hang out back? The Backplate should have this option then :)
Also no option for using the SD connector.

You are right, I don't have a back on my enclosure so the wires just come out of the back. The back plate needs a cutout added at one edge for the wires. On the enclosure I printed there is enough room for the SD card connector, but hardly any room to spare.

Are there plans to update this to support the new v2.0 board? Was a bit of a shock when I got my new board to find it was a v2 and the mounting and plugs are in different positions. :(

Never mind. Just checked the customizer and see there is an option for a v2 board.

David, is there an error in the scad file for 7" panels? The code shows:

// Which display panel do you have?
DisplayType=1; // [1:Itead ITDB02-4.3,2:Itead ITDB02-5.0,3:Alternative 4.3 inch,4:Alternative 5 inch,6:7 inch]

If I choose type=6 as per above I get a bad layout (mounting pillars outside the case). If I choose "5" - which is not an option above, it looks like a good case for a 7" panel, but I need to export the STL and measure it to be sure.

You are quite right, it is display type 5 for a 7" panel.

Is there a back to this enclosure?

There is provision to include fixings for a back in the OpenScad file, but I don't yet have a back designed for it.

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