Enclosure Assembly

The acrylic enclosure is quick and easy to assemble. Each part is horizontally symmetrical, so there is very little worry about placing them in a "wrong" direction.

Prep

First, you have the satisfying task of peeling off the protective paper from the acrylic pieces. If you peel off all of the paper without tearing them you will have seven weeks of good luck. Do not squander them.

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Elastomer Pads

Place both of the button pads into the top piece as shown. Note, there are two pairs of rubber registration nubs which must align with their associated holes on the Trellis M4 board, so match the orientation as seen in the photos.

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Place the Trellis M4

Place the Trellis M4 board down onto the elastomer pads with the NeoPixels and button contacts aligned with the buttons as shown. Make sure all of the sixteen registration nubs fit into their associated holes on the PCB.

Frame Layer

Now, place the frame layer which helps hold the board in place.

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Penultimate Layer

This next layer has some large cutouts in it to allow for parts clearance.

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Back Layer

It's the final layer! Lay it down and get ready for some fastening action.

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Fasteners

Place the five nylon M3 screws through their holes from the front of the case toward the back, then thread the nuts onto them and finger tighten.

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Your Trellis M4 is ready for use!

Customization

Are you the sort of tinkerer who feels the urge to customize things? We knew it! In case you want to try your hand at building a custom enclosure for your Trellis M4, and make all your other DJ/Producer friends jealous, here are the CAD files to get you started. Use them on a laser cutter to created a unique wooden faceplate. Or, print the top piece out with ill graphics on a color printer, trim the button holes and screw holes, and make a cool skin. You might even want to use the templates as a reference for 3D modelling a case!

It's easy to press the Trellis M4's reset button through the case using a small object such as a headphone plug, chopstick, or 5mm LED. But, if you're doing a lot of development in Arduino and resetting a lot, you may want to make a button extender. Here's a file you can 3D print for that!

This guide was first published on Oct 31, 2018. It was last updated on Oct 31, 2018. This page (Enclosure Assembly) was last updated on Aug 20, 2019.