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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #25 on: 10:42, 07 October 14 »
Nice to see it take shape.
As we can see, it's hard to get clear detail like the embossed AMSTRAD logo with a home printer.
Is the final version will be industrial printed with more accuracy?
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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #26 on: 10:58, 07 October 14 »
I need to make some adjustments to the logo to make it more prominent. Also I need to adjust the thickness of the material on the sides as in this specimen, some sanding is needed to get the halves to fit properly.

I'm going to have another case printed based on these changes but for me, these home printed cases will be the finals. Personally, I'm not planning to make an industrial run. The quote I got for just the upper half of the case from one of the online 3D printing services had a price tag of 130 €, which I consider pretty hefty. The thing is that that their calculation system must've based the calculation on the bounding box of the piece and not the actual volume.

Once the models are finalized, I can provide the .stl files upon request to anyone who wants to get a case printed.

By the way, the material used was HIPS. My friend made a couple of attempts with ABS but ABS has a tendency to warp, when printing large 3D objects.
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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #27 on: 22:46, 07 October 14 »
Hi all,
I'm quite new (subscribed) to this forum and wanted to point out that I'm really glad to see some amazing  :o insane stuffs like these  :D !
Carry on the good job!
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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #28 on: 13:44, 08 October 14 »
Well, I got it in my hands now.  :) As you can see, it's going to require some handiwork. There was a bit of snag in the printing program so the upper part didn't print completely and the remains had to be printed separately and glued. Nevertheless, if you're after a smooth finish, it'll require some extra effort. I suppose one can conclude that at this point 3D printing is more suitable for prototyping and one offs.

I've made some changes into the model already based on these results. One is changing the badge to a simple placeholder for sticker or separately printed badge. Other was to shave a bit off of the thickness of the overlapping parts.

I'll start working on the case as soon as I can find suitable putty for smoothening the surface.

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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #29 on: 23:19, 08 October 14 »
I tried the the floppy drive mechanism inside the case. Top half needed a bit of tweaking, which I've now done. Unfortunately my friend had already started printing the second case so both will have an appointment with x-acto.

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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #30 on: 11:17, 10 October 14 »
I got the other case from my friend. Along with some accessories.  ;)

This is probably the casing I actually begin to work on. Have to print a third one at some point. I'll probably do some final tweaks on the case halves before I "release them to public".

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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #31 on: 20:44, 10 October 14 »
The yellowed drive bezel does spoil the appearance a little, perhaps the next case could be designed to take a floppy drive without the bezel, so the case will just have a slot and two holes, one for the eject button and one for the led.
Perhaps a version of the case could be designed for two drives, giving space for a power supply behind the drives like the amstrad design.
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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #32 on: 18:14, 11 October 14 »
I'm planning to paint the case anyway, so painting the drive bezel can be done at the same time. Have to find some suitable filler putty next.

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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #33 on: 21:44, 25 October 14 »
Not much update in this front. I haven't had time to find any putty to make a smooth finish to the case halves.

Anyway, I've now done the finishing touches to the model and it's time to release the .stl files. If you want to 3D print a floppy drive enclosure, sent me a PM with your email and I'll send the .stl files to you.

The files are sent as such. You need to find a place or service to get the case halves printed. You may also have to manually do some modification to the printed parts to make them fit. Bottom line, use the files at your own risk!

I wish I could provide readily printed cases but unfortunately time and resources don't permit that. The files are my contribution to the community.




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Re: External floppy drive case
« Reply #34 on: 23:47, 26 June 16 »
I am sorry to bump such and old topic, guys, but has any of you got the models and printed one? I would like to give it a try with the HxC I have in here  :)