After several weeks of waiting, we finally got 3D prints in for our enclosures! We had hoped to have these ready for ICAT day; however, the prints ended up taking much longer than estimated by the library’s Design Studio. The Raspberry Pi enclosure ended up needing to be printed twice after the first 3D printer malfunctioned and printed an unusable hunk of plastic. As you can see in the photos below, the prints were still imperfect, but fit together well and would have been ideal for a quick prototype demonstration.
We modeled an enclosure for our buttons to fit in with space for LEDs and wires. We also downloaded a 3D model for our raspberry pi enclosure from thingiverse.
Ultimately, we were able to make-do with our quick cardboard version of the enclosure, which was more than sufficient for our purposes, especially considering the technical issues we encountered during our presentation that made the buttons less than functional.
In the future, it might be a better idea to allow for several weeks for printing time to account for potential 3D printer delays and malfunctions.