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3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:48 am
by g8gtz
As noted on the wiki, it is very important that you provide some strain relief for the USB connector or it will peel straight off the PCB :-(

There are some good 3D printer designs for cases, with and without fans - https://www.thingiverse.com/tag:limesdr

One such design is here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2960772

Maybe someone could print a few for sale?

73
Noel - G8GTZ

Re: 3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:09 am
by radiogareth
Happy to assist (print) on a 'machine time + BATC donation + post' basis.
£6 + £1 +£1.
You might like to tip the original designer via the thingyverse link although they have yet to set up a donation route.

Message me for info and colour choices.

Gareth

Re: 3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:21 pm
by M0SKM
As an early user of a LimeSDR Mini I can recommend the case design Noel selected. Fans specified are readily available; run quietly and cooling is adequate.

Steve

Re: 3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:37 pm
by m6ort
I would be very much interested in getting a case. Currently as I mostly lurk on here (fingers crossed this month I'll get my 2E0 if all goes to plan and I can be more active as I can use at least some more of the frequencies involved) I cannot send a PM. Happy if this post unlocks this to send a PM, but otherwise if @radiogareth could PM me so I can respond I'll provide information as required.
Many thanks,
73 de Greg
M6ORT

Re: 3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:05 pm
by radiogareth
I've now supplied 5 of the recommended FAN case to fellow amateurs. To save a lot of duplication, here is info I'd need to progress a print:
Colour choice is:
Dark Blue Pearl or Green pearl or red pearl.
Light Blue
Orange
White
Clear (which comes out sort of translucent rather than glass-clear).
Red
Ice-blue clear
Black
Silver

Payment to g4xat AT ntlworld.com,(replace AT with @ and remove the two spaces) £8.00 via paypal 'friends & family' or +5% if via straight paypal (which gives you buyer protection). Or direct bank transfer if you prefer. Cheque only as a last resort....

Let me know your colour choice and delivery address if paying via 'friends and family' (as paypal assume I know where you live...) and I'll get one printing.

This is the case Noel linked to in the original post, the one for a fan on the top. If you want a different case, choose one and send me the Thingyverse link to it.
73
Gareth

Re: 3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:21 pm
by darrenrainer
Hi Gareth, if you have a case for the LimeSDR mini that can take a fan in light blue please. I have payed via paypal.

73s

Darren G4VTQ Ottery St. Mary, Devon

Re: 3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:05 pm
by G7JTT
A big thank you to Gareth for making these cases available, mine arrived today and fits the Lime nice and snug.

Cheers John G7JTT

Re: 3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:22 pm
by G7JTT
Hi Gareth just discovered one small issues with the case, it could just be my PC but when plugged into a USB3 port the laptop cannot find the LimeSDR but does find it on a USB2 port. I had to remove just over a mm from the case around the USB plug to allow the plug to go into the USB3 port that bit further and for the laptop to see it. As I said most likely my laptop but thought I'd highlight it encase anyone else has the same issue. Did give me a bit of a panic as thought I'd damaged it :o

John G7JTT

Re: 3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:06 pm
by radiogareth
Hi John, I don't have a Lime Mini to experiment with but if others have this issue a useful 'fix'. The case design isn't my own so I don't think the CAD is available but will take a look. Are your reducing the CASE LENGTH or increasing the OPENING around the USB connector?
Just looked at my LimeUSB (in an alloy case) and the USB sticks out 14mm. Possibly a safer fix would be a short USB extension lead, anchoring the Limemini to something big might cause an early demise, case or not. (Well it would on my bench!!).

Keep us all posted...

Gareth

Re: 3D printed case for LimeSDR Mini

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:55 pm
by G7JTT
Hi Gareth it's the front of the case that prevents the plug from fully entering the usb3 socket so yes I just shortened it with a hot Stanley blade https://www.dropbox.com/s/9kwxpqgmjo6j2 ... 3.jpg?dl=0
I will get a short extension lead for the lime as don't like plugging direct into the laptop.

John