The 3D printed parts are fairly easy to make with most common home desktop 3D printers that are on the market.

And if you don’t have access a 3D printer, you can order our parts by visiting our Thingiverse page and have someone local 3D print the parts and ship them to you.

Slice Settings

Download the STL file and import it into your 3D printing slicing software. You'll need to adjust your settings accordingly if you're using material different than PLA.

  • 230C Extruder Temp
  • No heated bed (65C for heated)
  • 1.0 Extrusion Multiplier
  • .4mm Nozzle
  • 0.48 Extrusion Width
  • .2mm Layer Height
  • 30% infill
  • No Supports
  • 90mm/s | 120mm travel speed

 

NinjaFlex flexible lid:

  • 30mm/s | 120mm/s travel
  • 240C Extrusion Temp
  • 1.2 Extrusion Multiplier
  • No Retraction 

Print without supports

 

The enclosure features mounts on both sides with a  cutout through the model for mounting the battery. To avoid adding supports, we can orient the model to print on its side. This worked out really well as the overhangs start to catch themselves after a couple of layers!

 

Add about 6 skirts (brims) the help adhere the enclosure to the build plate

Make flexible filaments grippy with glass

 

Printing with flexible material will slipping on flat surfaces. To maximize the gripping characteristics of NinjaFlex, we can print the lid parts flat on a glass bed with the temperature set to 40-60c.

 

You can also add rubber feet to help the enclosure grip to surfaces better. 

Dual Colors

 

To print in multiple colors, we can use the lid parts found inside the dual lid.zip file.

 

In Simplify3D, select all of the lid files and then under the edit menu, select Align Selected Model Origins. Then select Group Selection under the edit menu. Lay the lid flat with the fillet side on the bed. To ensure the parts fuse together, set the Horizontal size compensation to .3mm.

 

In Cura, select all of the lid parts and then select merge models. Now we can rotate the merged model and lay the lid flat with the fillet side on the bed. 

Clean up

 

We used a flush diagonal cutter to clean up any stringing  and overhangs around the port openings and around the standoffs inside the enclosure. 

 

Make sure the openings for the slide switch and USB ports are cleaned before mounting components. Use a hobby knife to help cut away stringing that could block components from mounting. 

This guide was first published on Oct 11, 2017. It was last updated on Oct 11, 2017.
This page (3D Printing) was last updated on Oct 25, 2020.