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DieselDummy's MintyPi v3 - #1

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 1:31 pm
by DieselDummy
I must say, this build was a little more challenging than I expected. All in all, it was a fun learning experience and a nice little bit of soldering practice.

It's a standard kit, so there's not much here out of the ordinary but i would like to share a few custom elements that make it unique.

The first and most obvious change is the tin itself. It's a standard Altoids tin with a paint job. The tin was sprayed with a flat black enamel, then dry-brushed with copper paint. I sanded the edges and logo to add a little contrast and the whole thing was sealed up with multiple coats of clear enamel.
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One small addition I made was to the charging indicator LED. The hole was drilled out just big enough to fit a small piece of clear PETG filament. The filament was then carefully heated on either side of the tin. The result being a "bulb" with the light visible at all angles.
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The final custom pieces are no more custom than choosing crayons for a coloring book, but the added contrast to the outside of the tin made it feel a bit more unique. Wermy did the real work on the STL files and was kind enough to share them with us, so a huge thanks to him. The fist layers were printed in a clear royal blue PLA, the rest of the print was a marble PLA which really lightened up the blue and added a little texture. Also, the black speaker stuck out like a turd in a punch bowl.... so I lightly sprayed that with a flat white to match.
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Hopefully everyone that got a kit will enjoy the build as much as I did. ....And thank you to Wermy and Helder for their work, also LTM and anyone else for helping with troubleshooting.

Re: DieselDummy's MintyPi v3 - #1

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 12:36 am
by KonnorJ
The white speaker is a nice touch! Looks great!

Re: DieselDummy's MintyPi v3 - #1

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 4:56 am
by LilTrublMakr
Very nice build! I like how you did your dual color printing. I am guessing paused at layer height to change your filament?

I also like how the arm is also white and not black. I think I am going to print a red one for mine!

Again, I like it and nicely done!

Re: DieselDummy's MintyPi v3 - #1

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 7:32 am
by DieselDummy
LilTrublMakr wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 4:56 am
I am guessing paused at layer height to change your filament?
Yes and no. I did not manually pause it but I used the prusa control program to add a color change at a certain layer height. It's a very useful funtion

Re: DieselDummy's MintyPi v3 - #1

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:51 pm
by Broomhill
The clear PETG idea is genius. I've been wanting to order some for a while and this is making it hard not to pull the trigger. What did you use to heat it?

Re: DieselDummy's MintyPi v3 - #1

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:45 pm
by DieselDummy
Broomhill wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:51 pm
The clear PETG idea is genius. I've been wanting to order some for a while and this is making it hard not to pull the trigger. What did you use to heat it?
Honestly, I just used a regular Bic lighter. Patience is key....little bit of heat, wait, repeat... until you get the desired effect. Be careful though, I did it on a couple test pieces first... it burns easy.

Edited side note: I imagine some clear PLA would work fine, too. PETG was the only clear I had on hand, so that's what was used.

Re: DieselDummy's MintyPi v3 - #1

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:55 pm
by nexus23k
Really nice. I like the used rat look!