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how to desing a case (box) virtualy ? Answered

Hello everybody. (Dr. Nick accent)
I'm currently doing some electronics projects (atx PSU, clocks, getting my brother into electronics, ...), and i reach the inevitable step of where to put them.
I want to put them into nice cases (boxes), tried to find some already made and adapt them to my needs but TOO EXPENSIVE!!!!
so i thought, if my PCBs for my projects are DIY why cant my cases be DIY too?
I tried to make case projects manually but there was allways some thing not right (most of times i forgot the thickness of the materials D'OH), so i tryed Google SketchUp, and now i caught up 123D by Autodesk, both not very through investigated.
I'm trying to get a piece of software that let me do my plans (3D if possible), and if let me deconstruct the project into some printable layouts  to guide me cutting some wood derivate or plexiglass (no acess to a laser cutter).
What do you think i should use, one of the already mentioned or a new 1?

thank you in advance instructables community
(for all the english communicators i must apologize for the grammer)

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mpilchfamily

Best Answer 6 years ago

Everything you already have can help you do this. Its just a matter of learning the software so when you create what will be a side it can be set as a single object. When everything is designed out you can take all the different objects and spread them out so you can better verify dimensions or have the files sent to be manufactured.

Trying to take those plans and print them to scale for use as a template may be difficult. Check in the user groups for each software and start asking around to see how to get that to work for you.

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TiG00bmpilchfamily

Answer 6 years ago

thank you very much
havent relize that if i did the case in front, back, sides, top , front as different objects, assemblem them in a case then "dont turn them on, take them apart" it would be very mush easier
gona try that
if all goes well (with all goods and bads) i will tell the DIY community out there
thank you

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mpilchfamilyTiG00b

Answer 6 years ago

Love the EEVblog reference!

If you haven't checked the video out then look up the Ben Heck Show. He does allot of this kind of thing. CADing up a drawing and then breaking it down into its individual parts so he can CNC, laser, or 3D Print the parts he needs.

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rickharris

6 years ago

Pencil - ruler - squared paper is all you need.

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bwrussell

6 years ago

I haven't used Sketch Up in years and I know it has gotten much more advanced and polished since then so it should be capable of what you want. It it doesn't have the ability to do 2D plans/drafting there are lots of free 2D CAD programs out there.

Just design the box like mpilchfamily describes in Sketch Up (with individual parts) and then using the dimensions in Sketch Up draft the templates in the 2D program. Be careful when printing the templates though because your printer will probably be set to scale the drawing to fit. Make sure it's set to print at full scale across multiple pages.