Looking for a Paneldue enclosure with a bit of extra panel space.

  • Basically, I will get a 5" or 7" for my machine. I am okay with either really.
    But I am looking for an enclosure that has a bit of extra space (or one where a Fusion 360 compatible source file is available that i could manhandle).

    I want to put an emergency stop button on the face of the control panel. The one i happen to have on hand is 15.5mm mount hole and 24mm button.
    Ive looked over the designs on thingiverse, and have so far not found anything suitable, and my CAD skills are not good enough to design a good enclocure from scratch.

    My backup plan is to print a separate enclosure and glue to the panel due enclosure 🙂

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    I can say from experience that the enclosures for the 7" displays are already quite large. Are you sure you want to embiggen it further?

  • @Phaedrux:

    I can say from experience that the enclosures for the 7" displays are already quite large. Are you sure you want to embiggen it further?

    True. But as i said, I want to have a physical E-stop in the same enclosure. And it does not seem to be space left in those i have seen.

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    That's probably because the existing enclosures are close to the limits of most printer beds as it is. The one I'm using is already 200+mm wide.

    Fusion360 is free and pretty easy to use though. This might be a great opportunity to pick it up. Tons of youtube tutorials out there.

  • I use Fusion 360 a bunch. In fact, I just did a complete Aircraft Instrument Panel CNC in F360 (full scale, flying aircraft). However, I find F360 VERY frustrating. It is very capable… and that's why I use it... at the same time, it seems the F360 GUI designers went out of their way to make every possible sequence of commands as difficult as possible.


    Have you tried OpenSCAD? You don't (can't) draw.

    You "describe" in something like programming code. Many people call it programming; it really is not, in that it doesn't "run". This may become important if you've done any programming. It is different. For example, you cannot "re-assign" variables. Anyway... getting off track... let's talk about what it is, and how fundamentally easy it is:

    [c]cylinder(d=10,h=20); [/c] Makes a 10mm X Y and 20 mm Z 'tall' cylinder. Want a hole in the middle for a screw? 3mm dia? Make the same cylinder, then 'subtract out' the hole with the 'difference' command:

    [c]difference() {

    To be fair, it does have a learning curve; at the same time, if you followed the above, you've halfway learned it already. You just keep stacking statements to make each piece. There is a [c]translate([x,y,z]) [/c]that "moves things into place". So just keep making cubes and cylinders, adding and subtracting them from each other, and moving them into place, and pretty soon you have your entire enclosure. Test print indicates a hole is a tiny bit to big or small? Adjust the 'd=' on the command that made that cylinder. Etc, Etc.

    I've found it much easier than any drawing package when doing things like enclosures, wherein everything is really a geometry and an offset.

  • Hi,

    I have the Panel Due 7i and have found an off the shelf case that should be a nice fit.

    Hammond 1599KTS,
    Data sheet and dimensions here: http://www.hammondmfg.com/pdf/1599KTS.pdf

    Available in Black or Grey, from Farnell etc

  • I took this design: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2495311 and remixed it in Fusion 360.

    Here is the link to the Fusion design, with downloading enabled: http://a360.co/2FMRySD

    I added some space along the edge, and turned the case upside down (the panel due would have to invert the display orientation, the electronics are mounted the same way the whole thing is just flipped around). I don't know if there is enough room for you to add your switch, but it's in fusion and it's a place to start from.

    I have not printed this case yet, but I presume it all fits.

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