Introduction: Switch Cover
In my house the AC works flawlessly, that is until you walk into my room. For some reason my room is a few degrees hotter then what the thermostat is set for. Because of this, I always have my fan running to circulate the air better. For my room I have a dimmable switch on the left for my lights and a normal switch on the right for my fan. Every time when I go to turn off my lights when I leave I accidentally hit the fan's switch also, causing it to be extremely hot in my room once I come back. So I set out to design a cover to place over this switch. A download is available at then end of the Intractable or on Thingiverse
Step 1: Render
I started by taking measurements of of the light switch I wanted to cover. I designed the cover to work with most switches. I made it so all you do is remove the top and bottom screws from the plate, add the cover on and replace the screws. When I first printed the model it happened to be just a little to long for the screws to fit into place. So I went back and changed a few measurements in the design. Since it was my first time creating a 3D rendering I was expecting some mistakes but was surprised it only took me 3 attempts to get a working design. I have learned working in Fusion 360 is a lot easier than it looks.
Step 2: Print
Just print the file and then remove the rafted to place on the cover. I printed in Glow in the Dark just because I thought that it would be kind of nice to be able to see the switches in total darkness.
Step 3: Use
After installing the cover, I quickly realized I wanted the ability to turn the fan off when I need to for when the weather for better. I ended up ripping the bottom tab off and only mounting it from the top screw allowing me to just swivel it out of the way then I wanted to change it.