Protect Your Arduino!

Introduction: Protect Your Arduino!

InstaMorph is a special crafting thermoplastic designed to heat up so that it can be manipulated like modeling clay. Once it cools, it hardens into place. Later, it can be reheated to be manipulated again.

You can see find out more here:

This was part of an Instructables Build Night with our Hackerspace:

In this tutorial, we will show you a couple different ways to can try to use InstaMorph to protect your Arduino, RaspberryPi, and other electronic projects from the elements and normal wear and tear.

Thanks to Knox Makers member Tobby Ryan for this tutorial!

Step 1: You Will Need..

For this project, you are going to need:

Step 2: Heat It Up!

There are a few different methods for heating up your InstaMorph.

You can use our tutorial for a digital induction warmer here.

We also created a tutorial for using a heat gun here.

Additionally, InstaMorph has alternative methods and other suggestions for more advanced projects here.

Step 3: Knead It Flat!

This is an important step.

After your InstaMorph is hot enough (clear and sticking together nicely), you will want to quickly flatten it out.

If you need to use a spoon, you can. Just remember to coat it and the table or surface with olive oil so the InstaMorph will not stick to your work area or tools.

If you need to reheat the InstaMorph, that's OK.

Once you have gotten the InstaMorph to an even, thin, and flat shape, you can move on.

Step 4: Trim to Size!

Now you can trim it to size. If the InstaMorph is too hard to cut with scissors, do not force it. You can cause the scissors to slip and accidentally cut you instead of the sheet of InstaMorph.

Just reheat if needed.

Step 5: Heat It Back Up and Attach It!

Make sure the trimmed piece fits onto the back of your electronics project nicely.

If it does, heat it back up (away from your electronics, please!)

Then, stick it onto your electronics project for decent protection against the elements.

Step 6: Bonus Protection: Stress Relief!

You can also take a gob of InstaMorph and carefully mash it around wires for a stress relief!

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    2 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Cool idea, much faster than 3D printing a special case. By the way, what shield is on your Arduino? Just curious.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    An enclosure box is definitely going to be your best way to go whether you 3D print it, lasercut it, or buy it from some place like Adafruit. This was a simple fix for a special purpose project and it seemed to work well enough, considering.

    Thanks for the interest! Tobby has informed me that his shield was a stepper motor shield. This was for a 3D scanning rig Tobby built.