New R3 version plate and box uploaded! Including an Ethernet shield R3 box top addition!
I've been pushing out multiple Arduino Uno builds and needed a secure plate and box combo that could keep assets safe during a fall or tumble and would allow for under plate wire runs. I got tired of ordering and waiting for ~$10 boxes to get to me in the mail and then having to hack them up so I made my own dialed in unit for ~$0.10 each! I ended up with a thick post base plate and box setup with an integrated Uno locking clip to keep that $30 puppy safe even on its head!
Basic 3D printer high level steps (standard for most Printers/Software suites)
1.) Design or download an "STL" file: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STL_(file_format)
2.) Open said "STL" file in a software suite that slices Gcode: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-code
3.) Send Gcode to printer for physical object creation
I will attempt to explain my standard workflow in creating 3D prints at home:
1.) I use 123D and/or Sketchup to design my object
2.) I make sure the object is "manifold" meaning solid with no holes into the cavity or reversed faces
3.) I export the selected object/group to a .stl file
4.) I take that .stl file and open it in ReplicatorG (free): http://replicat.org/
5.) I position the object on the virtual build platform and rotate/scale if necessary
6.) I then generate my Gcode from my specified Skeinforge settings: http://fabmetheus.crsndoo.com/wiki/index.php/Skeinforge (don't let this scare you too much, most 3D printers have templates to utilize)
7.) Once I have my Gcode I click "build" and the instructions are sent via USB to my 3D printer and it begins its extrusion process
8.) Smile knowing you are turning digital designs into actual working physical objects!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is a little bit deeper process you could follow to try out 3D printing for "nearly free": http://www.instructables.com/id/Basic-workflow-for-3D-design-in-Sketchup-and-3D-pr/
Arduino Protection Box Instructions:
Print the plate for sure, then decide if you need the top (guarantees board lock on clip and has durable slots for USB and power pass through.
Oh, and pro tip; to easily insert your Uno you simply insert on the hook side of the plate 1st, then swivel the board into position over the posts, push down and then insert the locking clip into the clip tower; BAM! Your loaded and ready for extreme Arduino activities!
One picture shows my logo on the lid however the attached master file contains a solid lid.
I have uploaded the master files here:
Legacy box: http://www.123dapp.com/skp-3D-Model/Arduino-Protection-Box/597845
New R3 box: http://www.123dapp.com/skp-3D-Model/ArduinoUnoProtectionPlateR3/602921
If you prefer the source file in Sketchup you can nab that here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:13931
So grab it and mod to your hearts content!