Introduction: BB-8 Droid SMD Components Box
Here's something cool in a galaxy far far away.
So I Made a BB-8 Droid Themed SMD components case/Box for keeping important stuff neatly organizes inside this Droid container.
The idea for this project pops into my mind while I was cleaning my desk and watching star wars force awaken.
(not a fan of that particular movie but whatever)
As a maker, we all have this issue of keeping important SMD components safe but for that, we need an electronic component box or a Polycarbonate Jewelry box. Most of the time these boxes are already filled with stuff so I thought why not make my own with 3D Printing.
So I searched for containers for SMD components on Thingiverse but I couldn't find an existing model so I made my own version by modeling the container after BB-8 Bot.
In this Instructables, I'm gonna show you guys how I made this container in few easy steps.
Let's get started!
- PLA Filament Orange and Grey (or white)
- Truss 2.5mm x 5mm screw
- 3D Printer
Step 1: Basic Intro
So the Beebee-Ate or BB was a BB-series astromech droid that operated approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor.
He had a dome head, similar to that of R2 series astromech droids, with the bulk of his body made up of a ball on which the droid's head rolled. BB-8 was mostly white, with some silver and orange on his body, as well as a black photoreceptor.
His first appearance was in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). He later appeared in the other two films of the sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
Apart from the whole lore of star wars, this BB-8 Droid is one of the cutest characters in the whole series, It's basically a rolling ball droid with his head not permanently attached to the upper part, its head stays on with magnets.
But this Instructables isn't about making a BB Robot, it's about making a dumber version of the BB-8 Bot which isn't related to robotics at all.
SMD Components Box which is modeled after BB-8 Droid.
For this project, I first searched a BB Droid side view image which can be used for tracing it in any Cad software.
Step 2: Fusion360 Editing Part
As For the Modeling Part, I used Fusion360 for this project.
- First, I imported the image of Droid in the sketch environment and first calibrated the image to set the size of the image to 80mm wide.
- then sketch its outline with a three-point arc and splines.
- I made the base first and then modeled the lines inside the base afterward.
- Then after making the base, I molded its Lid by copying the bottom outlines on the top side, the thickness of Lid is 1.5mm and the lines are just a few more millimeters extruded in length to give this whole structure a 3D Feel.
- On one side, I made a stopping pin in the base so the lid only can rotate in one direction.
- In the end, I exported the 3D Files for 3D Printing in 3mf format.
I've added the Fusion360 files for this project so you can even edit this project completely according to your preferences.
Step 3: 3D PRINTING
As for 3D Printing the parts, I used two different colors for making this project more aesthetically pleasing.
Two-color tone Orange and grey look pretty nice together.
Both Filaments are PLA and I printed both of the bodies with the same parameters which are-
- Nozzle used- 0.5mm Nozzle
- Infill- 20%
- Layer Height - 0.2mm
- Speed - 50
- Wall thickness - 1.5mm
- No support required
- No built place Adhesion
Step 4: Assembly
The Assembly of this project is pretty simple, like really really really simple.
I added a 2.5mm x 5mm Truss Head screw in the screw mount from the TOP lid side and that was pretty much the assembly part.
Only one screw is needed.
This Screw acts as a rotation Pin for the LID and Body, it keeps the LID permanently attached to the body and lets it rotate freely as well.
Step 5: Placing Stuff in It
All the empty same in the Bottom Part is to be used for keeping SMD components safe and well organized.
For now, I added Few 0603 LEDs on one side and 0805 LEDs on another side along with other things like Transistors and Pushbuttons.
Step 6: Result and Further Improvements
The result of this project was pretty great.
It's a BOX and we can keep things inside it, small things.
As for the improvements, more big or thicker editions can be made by altering the fusion360 file provided.
This is it, folks. comment if you need any help and I'll help you out!
Be safe and I'll be back with another project soon!