3D Printing

Transparent PLA

We recommend using a transparent PLA material for the frame. This material is great for diffusing the LED lights from the NeoPixel ring. There are color options so you can get creative to match your design.

Printing Techniques

Build Plate Preparations
There's a great video tutorial by Dr. Henry Thomas who demonstrations a great technique for preparing acrylic build plates for awesome prints. Wipe down the plate with a paper towel lightly dabbed in acetone. Use another paper towel and apply a tiny dab of olive oil. Wipe down the plate so a small film of oil is applied, this will allow the parts to come off the plate easier.

Live Level
We recommend going raft-less for each piece because it will have the best quality result. Each piece will require a well leveled platform. We tend to "live level" our prints, meaning we adjust the build plates thumb screws while the print is laying down filament. This way we can make adjustments directly and improve the leveling by seeing how the extruders are laying down the first layer onto the build plate. We recommend watching the first layer so that you get a more successful print. If you see the layers aren't sticking or getting knocked off, you can always cancel print, peel it off and try again.
Frame
About 3 hours
35g
PLA @230
No Raft
No Support
2.0 Layer Height
90/150mm/s
Bottom cover
About 55 minutes
10g
PLA @230
No Raft
No Support
2.0 Layer Height
90/150mm/s
Top cover
About 50 minutes
9g
PLA @230
No Raft
No Support
2.0 Layer Height
90/150mm/s

Test for Tolerances

You will need to test your modifications to see if the bottom and top covers tightly fit onto your mic. Since each mic is different, you may need to do several tests before getting the tolerances right. Start by pushing your hand-held microphone through the bottom cover (the one with the smaller hole cut out and the extruded pipe). It should tightly fit onto the mic. Next, position the frame on top and snap it into the bottom cover. Now place the top cover over the mic. We had to remove our mic filter (the wired mesh was removable by unscrewing it) in order to get the top cover on. The top cover should rest on the ledge where the mic filter resides. The height of the frame, or the distance between the bottom and top cover should be enough to close the enclosure.
This guide was first published on Dec 20, 2013. It was last updated on Dec 20, 2013. This page (3D Printing) was last updated on Aug 08, 2019.