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3d Project Challenge: Flash Drive Cases

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There are so many flash drives out there it's easy to get your own lost among them. Or maybe, like me, you have several knocking around your bag and get them confused. Well then it's time to make a custom case! It's easy and quick and you can make tons of different designs.



ATTENTION! This is both Instructable AND a challenge. You can  be one of five winners of  $100 worth of 3D printing credit from the nice folks at 3Dcreationsystems.com. All you have to do is make your own 3D design for a custom flash drive case and share a picture of the design in a comment below.

If you don't know anything about designing in 3D, don't worry! A template for the flash drive is at tinkercad. All you need to do is create a new account (easy), duplicate the template (still easy), and modify it (way easier than it sounds). And if you want to use your own favorite CAD program and make your own case from scratch that's also fine.

OK then, let's get started.
 
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Step 1: Measuring

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Break out your ruler or, much better, a set of calipers and measure the dimensions of the flash drive. This drive comes "naked" with an included loop for a keychain so it only has one profile shape. Other flash drives will likely have cases on them. Many of these can be removed with just a little bit of effort.

Here we get a height and width of 4.54 mm and 12.26 mm. This isn't too far off of the USB standards so that's good. It also has a length of 39.11 mm. Since flash drives need at least 12 mm at the end to go into the USB port, that gives us the dimensions 27 mm x 12.25 mm x 4.5 mm. Numbers slightly rounded off there.
lizard6571 year ago
I made one, but I did it a little bit differently. My flash drive had a weird shaped case, so I took the case off and used the bare circuit board. I also printed it so that the flash drive was embedded in the case during printing. I printed most of the case, paused the printer, put the circuit board in, and resumed printing. The circuit board is now impossible to remove from the case, because the hot plastic molded around it. :D
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darman12 lizard65711 months ago
That's a very cool idea! Nice thinking.
fungus amungus (author)  lizard6571 year ago
Nice!
R-A11 months ago
How do you secure the flash drive electronics inside the case?
Mojo_JoJo11 months ago
If I had a 3D printer :-( I'd try to make one for my USB ASP but I used wood instead. I like the idea though.
jenkinsbm12 months ago
Awesome. I was wondering how you could do that. You just saved me a headache.
seltzer101 year ago
Thank you me too, you're welcome to go ahead and try. Let me know if you want the part file and it's yours.
seltzer101 year ago
Nice! I love seeing more and more common usage
Of 3d printing! After seeing this I was inspired to give it a shot so below is my design. I wanted to make a stylish tech looking but also multifunctional USB cover. I designed mine with a clip to clip into your pocket like a pen. I also wanted to be able to flip the usb drive so that the open end would be protected from gathering pocket lint and dust so I've given it a slight interference fit so it can snugly be re inserted backwards. This design also features a slot to attach a keyring and of course a bottle opener so you can crack open a cold one! This was done using Solidworks. Nice Ible!
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fungus amungus (author)  seltzer101 year ago
Sounds nice. I'd love to print one out to see how it works.
schmnr1 year ago
Here is a little Game of Thrones Tribute. Go House Targarian! Lol
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fungus amungus (author)  schmnr1 year ago
Nice!
First of all: amazing project!
So, I tried it and this is my design, made with Blender:
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Yay, blender!
:D