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.

This guide was first published on Jan 30, 2017. It was last updated on Nov 18, 2018. This page (3D Printing) was last updated on Jan 31, 2017.