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JeeNode bracket experiment

In Hardware on Feb 11, 2010 at 00:01

I just had to try making a little mounting bracket for JeeNodes…

Here’s the design:

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The design dimensions are 25 x 12 x 10.5 mm. It was created with OpenSCAD, which takes a description of the object and generates the solid model shown above:

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Does it work? Can it be printed? Can it be used? Yeah, sort of…

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Works for JeePlugs too, since all the boards have the same 21.1 mm width:

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Took me three tries to get the sizes and the little ridge right (the middle one):

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Pretty ugly stuff, when seen up close. But hey, that’s what pioneering looks like!

The ridge which holds the board doesn’t come out very clearly – the features are not yet a match for what the JeeCake 3D printer can do (or should it be the other way around?):

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But despite appearances, this bracket is already surprisingly functional. Apart from the awful surface and rough shape, it’s a springy and very robust little piece of ABS plastic. It could easily be screwed down, and it would hold the board quite well.

Fascinating, it’ll be fun to see how this evolves over the next few years.

  1. Maybe it would look smoother and be stronger if printed laying on the side (as in the last picture).

    Regards, tamberg

  2. @tamberg just about to say the same thing!

  3. Awesome, I like it. Congrats!

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