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Funkenschuhsters Kite&Pi3 >>Fully 3d printed custom Case<<

Post by Funkenschuhster » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:37 pm

Hello everyone,

I wanted to introduce you once my current large-scale project.
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Plan
Originally it was intended to buy an original case and adapt it, just as countless others have done here. Since I wanted to give it a 100% factory look, I decided to design a case myself.
After more than 60h in Autodesk (I'm pretty much there) and 20 hours of paint finished im finally done. Now I want to give you a short overview.

Summery:
To the question whether it was worth it: From the learning effect, yes, but had to realize that the goal of achieving 100% factory quality is impossible for me. I had several print failures and still there is not enough space inside the case due of the hot glue. Also the haptic of the buttons is not as good as expected. May i switch back to a original case becaus of that.
Will I sell prints or products? I guess no. It is easier to use an original housing than to print and refurbish one.


Pictures during work:
  • Prototyping
https://imgur.com/a/KL7CzhB
  • Final Print
https://imgur.com/a/qI3yajU
  • Finishing Progress
https://imgur.com/a/a7mlxEy
  • Assembled GBZ
https://imgur.com/a/TRljEzk


Features originally planned and result:
  • Fixet mounts for all parts --> almost, all except fan
  • keep most of the design --> almost. I removed some details
  • No empty holes --> archieved
  • Both SD slots accessable --> archived
  • Four shoulder buttons --> archieved
  • Fan inside -->coming soon
  • Less glue (we'll see) --> of course I needes more glue then expected
  • Professional look (we'll see) --> first it looked good, but after assembly I messed up

Done:
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  • Kite Board soldering and testing
  • design the case
  • print prototypes
  • case bugfix
  • print final case
  • test assembling
  • grinding, varnishing, polishing
  • assembling
To Do:
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  • Insert fan --> still shipping
  • Debug color flickering --> seems like LCD cable is squeezed
  • get it perfectly closed --> maybe not possible because battery and buttons require too much space
Built in Parts and Materials
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Parts
  • Gameboy Zero Display Glass - Plastic one. Link not found.
  • Gameboy Classic Parts - speaker, buttons, screws --> Ebay
  • SUNON Fan UB5U3-500B --> Aliexpress
Paint
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Re: Almost done!!! Funkenschuhsters optimized 3d printed GBZ Case

Post by Funkenschuhster » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:38 pm

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Re: Almost done!!! Funkenschuhsters optimized 3d printed GBZ Case

Post by fablespirt » Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:43 pm

Looks great. Would be great to buy custom cases in the near future.

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Re: Almost done!!! Funkenschuhsters optimized 3d printed GBZ Case

Post by Funkenschuhster » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:41 pm

We'll see how it ends. I still have a lot of work ahead of me. I expect to spend 10 hours sanding and painting. In addition, there is another 24 hours waiting time between each step.

200 grit pre-grinding
2k Filler (Coarse Contour)
200 grit shape sanding
2k Filler (Fine Contour)
400 grit
spray filler
600 grit
undercoat
800 grit
coat of paint
1000 grit
coat of paint
1000 grain size
clear lacquer

Afterwards everything has to be assembled :)

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Re: --> Now Painting in Progress - Final 3D Print done :) Kite&Pi3 optimized 3d printed custom Case

Post by mrdude42 » Thu May 03, 2018 12:17 pm

Looks awesome! I’ve thought about 3D printing a case so I can replace the D-pad area with an analog stick instead.

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Re: --> Now Painting in Progress - Final 3D Print done :) Kite&Pi3 optimized 3d printed custom Case

Post by ThompsonTinkers » Thu May 03, 2018 1:33 pm

I can't wait to see what your surface finish looks like. I'm printing a case as well, but haven't really considered sanding or painting it.

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Re: --> Now Painting in Progress - Final 3D Print done :) Kite&Pi3 optimized 3d printed custom Case

Post by YaYa » Thu May 03, 2018 1:45 pm

Sticking to the post ! Good luck :D
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Re: --> Now Painting in Progress - Final 3D Print done :) Kite&Pi3 optimized 3d printed custom Case

Post by Italian77 » Thu May 03, 2018 7:15 pm

Look forward to seeing the sanding and painting progress.
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Re: --> Now Painting in Progress - Final 3D Print done :) Kite&Pi3 optimized 3d printed custom Case

Post by Funkenschuhster » Fri May 04, 2018 5:01 am

I'm glad you like my project. Since my last update I only did some soldering. Unfortunately, it took a long time for the sanding paper and other materials to arrive. The material should be with my employer now and from Wednesday it will continue.

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Re: --> Now Painting in Progress - Final 3D Print done :) Kite&Pi3 optimized 3d printed custom Case

Post by Funkenschuhster » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:34 am

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