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Ryan

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Working on a sheet metal enclosure. :)
« on: January 22, 2012, 12:54:29 PM »
So I bought just the PCB and hard-to-find parts from Xavier and now I've got all the rest of the parts sourced.
I found a company here (prague) that does water jet cutting of sheet metal, so I'm now developing a metal enclosure case for Preen :) It's a bit slow going due to a new baby :D but once it's done I'll post up the drawing here for anyone else to use.

I'm trying to make it a single flat-cut sheet that can be bent by hand. It will also have wooden side panels.

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Re: Working on a sheet metal enclosure. :)
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2012, 11:34:44 PM »

WOW... i want to see that  :D

Ryan

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Re: Working on a sheet metal enclosure. :)
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2012, 11:04:05 PM »
I've been poking this for the past few evenings and I'm finally getting somewhere with it. :)

I found a good supplier / fabricator here that does laser and water etching and cutting. They even offer a bending service that I might do also. I've been working out the folding and design of the interface. :) I couldn't resist. haha.

I've gone an extremely minimal route with it all lol. Here's the front, top and back panel sheet.


and the bottom. I figured why not use it to show the algorithms so I worked out a graphic style to show them. It's not final as the screw holes are not there yet. I want to do a test run here in the next couple of weeks to see how everything fits. There will also be a small legend to explain the symbols. The numer of line segments in the shapes equals the number of the osc.


It's a fun challenge to break the normal design drudge.

Xavier

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Re: Working on a sheet metal enclosure. :)
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2012, 11:37:13 PM »
 :o Ouch !!! WOW....
I LLLOOOVVVEEE it !
Please post a picture when you have a real one.
What is the file format ? Is there any online fabricator  of such metal sheet ?


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Re: Working on a sheet metal enclosure. :)
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2012, 11:02:53 AM »
looks really great,

please keep us informed. maybe some pictures?

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Re: Working on a sheet metal enclosure. :)
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2012, 12:22:19 PM »
Very nice design!

Will be interested to see the finished article.

Ryan

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Re: Working on a sheet metal enclosure. :)
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 04:29:46 PM »
:) It's all in Illustrator right now. There is a company here locally that does the fabrication. A student of mine has a contact there. I still need to see what kind of tolerances there are for the fine lines and stuff, but I believe it's doable. I'll post updates when I have a physical cut of it. :)

Ideally I'd like to do it on anodized or painted metal with the design etched out of the color layer, but silkscreen could also look nice. :) Glad you like it!