3D Printing

3D Printing Enclosures

I drew up an enclosure in Autodesk Fusion 360 and designed each component so that I could design friction fit mounting points. I 3D printed the enclosure on several 3D printers to test tolerances (Printrbot Play, Flashforge Creator Pro, and Micro M3D).

If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, you could use a service like 3D Hubs to make it for you. I used PLA material to 3D print the parts, and they didn’t require any support material.

Slice Settings

Depending on your 3D printer, you may need to adjust the slice settings. I sliced the parts using Simplify 3D. They do not require any support material and are oriented to print "as is".

  • Nozzle: 0.4mm
  • Extrusion Multiplier: 1.0
  • Extrusion Width: 0.48mm
  • Layer Height: 0.2mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 220c

3D Printing with Coffee!?

Yes, this enclosure was 3D printed with CoffeePLA, which is a special artisan's blend of HTPLA. Proto-Pasta "Heat Treatable" HTPLA Aromatic Coffee filament is easy to print with, and it smells like coffee when it's being extruded :-)

Enclosure Design Tutorial

For an indepth tutorial on how I designed the enclosure and components, you can watch my layer by layer tutorial.

Last updated on Jan 31, 2017 Published on Jan 30, 2017