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Title: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: JohnS_AZ on January 02, 2011, 06:54:03 pm
I just found the perfect enclosure for my Arduino project...

2" X 7" X 10" aluminum enclosure. Includes a stand, a little switchmode supply, power switch, and a USB connector, and it only cost $12.00 US!

Thermaltake enclosure at geeks (http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2448011-10439518?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.geeks.com%2Fdetails.asp%3FInvtId%3DA2296&cm_mmc=CJ-_-2085188-_-2448011-_-Product%20Catalog%20&cjsku=A2296)

It's -supposed- to be an external drive enclosure, but there a LOT of empty space in there!  :)
Title: Re: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: GeoffS on January 02, 2011, 08:19:49 pm
A bit of lateral thinking there.


Thought I might price one from geek.com as that model isn't sold in Australia (that I can find)

And yes, geek.com will ship to Australia - via Fedex for only $144

I think I'll have to look elsewhere for cheap cases  >:(
Title: Re: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: Bored@Work on January 02, 2011, 09:06:07 pm
http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10088 (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10088)

However, if you don't want to pay for the privilege to pay extra because it has the word "Arduino" in the name, there are thousands of cheap plastic enclosures out there, waiting you put a Dremel, saw, drill and hot glue to it to make it fit.
Title: Re: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: Jon Chandler on January 02, 2011, 10:34:15 pm
Nice find!  The end panel would be easy to replace with a new panel with the holes you need too.

I wonder if it's thick enough for a 2x16 LCD display?
Title: Re: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: JohnS_AZ on January 03, 2011, 04:33:36 am
The page gives the dimensions as " 2.1 x 7 x 10.62-inches (H x W x D, approximate)" so I think most of the 2X16 displays I have will fit. I'll let you know after it gets delivered. I want to stick a 2X24 VFD (plus 4 servo drivers) in mine so I have my fingers crossed.

These drive cases make awesome enclosures if you can cram everything in there. I've stuck a 6-digit TTL freq counter into a 2 1/5" drive case (from the same place) and it turned out great.

Title: Re: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: Time on January 04, 2011, 04:31:08 pm
http://www.instructables.com/id/Led-Cube-8x8x8/step12/Build-a-power-supply/ (http://www.instructables.com/id/Led-Cube-8x8x8/step12/Build-a-power-supply/)

This is a super cool project which contains a reference to using an external HD enclosure as a project box/psu.  The only reason it even caught my eye while browsing the how-to was because I previously read this thread.
Title: Re: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: sonicj on January 04, 2011, 10:47:24 pm
http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=17&products_id=271 (http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=17&products_id=271)
Title: Re: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: Time on January 04, 2011, 11:38:05 pm
Looks just like a battery powered external HD enclosure, lol
Title: Re: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: JohnS_AZ on January 04, 2011, 11:53:56 pm
There are plenty of plastic boxes that will hold an Arduino.

The trick was finding a fairly rugged METAL enclosure with room for other boards, a small fan, and a display at a decent price. The included power supply is a nice bonus to put it over the top.
Title: Re: Arduino Enclosure
Post by: sonicj on January 05, 2011, 03:07:54 am
Looks just like a battery powered external HD enclosure, lol
what did you expect to look like? lol

its actually quite nice for an arduino project as it has knockouts for the usb, power, lcd, and some more stuff mounted to your shield, ie buttons. trimming all that out can take forever to by hand much less making it look nice. PLUS, Dave might even approve as it has threaded brass inserts for machine screws!  ;)

the hard drive case is nice too... you also get a usb to ide adaptor out of the deal!
-sj