Re: finishing touches - enclosures for devices
- Howdy Tim!
When I have an board that I am going to put in an enclosure I will
make a template to represent that enclosure. Then I figure out how
much room I will need for any wires that will run off the board to
other devices such as connector, on/off switch, etc.. Finally, I
figure out where at on an enclosure I want the on/off switch and
things like that. With all that decided upon I figure out roughly
what size of enclosure I will need. Ensure that you remember to
think about the vertical room you will need. You will be mounting
the board inside the enclosure so it will be raised up and not
sitting on the bottom plane of the enclosure. With dimensions and
template in hand I go to the blank cases I have and see if any of
them will work. If not, I go to Radio Shack or Radio Scraps as I
like to call it, and see if they have a case there that will work.
Other place I get my cases from is Ramsey Electronics. I do a dry
fit of the template and then I will do a dry fit with the board,
wires, and connectors stuff. I tape things where I want them to see
how it will look and the room it will have. Once I am satisfied I
mark where I need to make the cut outs. I remove everything and
then make the cut outs. I then install everything and give it a
test to see if it works. Sometimes I will make stickers to put on
the case or I will paint the case to enhance its' apperance. I make
labels of all the connectors and knobs and put those on the case too.
I hope this helps.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "vickertj" <vickery@w...>
> I hope this question won't bore you, but this seems like an
> issue: what happens when the device you're building works and youwant
> to keep it that way? I'm building myself some USB input devicesusing
> a small circuit board and a keypad. The actual construction of theis,
> device is easy. Now I want to package them up in some sort of a
> plastic box, but I don't even know where to begin! So my question
> what do you do to enclose your fancy homemade devices when you'redone
> with the innards? What kinds of tools do you need?
> thanks for your input!