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3D-Printed Objects

pb3623

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I am thinking the same thing. The only two unknowns would be the height and width of the user-facing end of the buttons. It looks like the height might be the same as the stem part, but I couldn't find any really high quality pictures to tell. The width is definitely something we'll want to measure too. I would think the depth would be the same as the Q700 buttons, since the logic board dimensions and mounting relative to the case are (as far as i know..?) exactly the same between the Q700 and the IIci. I can bang out something quick and dirty if you want, but I would much prefer to get at least those two measurements before having anyone potentially waste time printing one.


@Swolfington

Finally had a chance to take some measurements (I can't find my metric slide rule so I had to go with 1/16s)

Looks like each rectangular button is 13/16" (.8125" or 20.6 mm)

There is a gap of 2/16" (0.125" or 3.2 mm)

So, unless I have fat fingers, that means an outer width (end to end) of 1.75 in (44.45 mm). Eyeballing your drawings, we're in the ballpark.

 

Jon183

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Hi everyone, I was thinking about my ibook g3 clamshell and I cant stand the missing logo, both parts of it are missing. How would a 3D printed one look? Even if its orange and not translucent, it might still look ok. I believe translucent orange filament does exist though.

 
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360alaska

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Once we’re 100% on the model we can order a run on a SLA printer so it won’t have any lines and then Home Depot sells a near perfect color matching spray paint! If somebody knows how to cast plastic that would be an option also.

 
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Swolfington

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Can you post what that paint matches that color? I've been contemplating painting some of my parts, but I haven't been able to find a positive lead on paint color/brand/whatever.

 

pb3623

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With all due respect to @360alaska, I appreciate the work done on this (that seems to mirror the work that was documented here) - truly, I do - but so we’re on the same page, the bezel I’ve been asking for (which some folks actually have and have been willing to part with temporarily) is the caddy-load bezel that really only has the caddy-length slot and a round eject button. The one you’ve made is the style I currently have that is more of the universal variety; example, I’m using it with a caddy-load 300i. 

I’m just glad I didn’t get ragged on for bumping an old thread :)

 

360alaska

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With all due respect to @360alaska, I appreciate the work done on this (that seems to mirror the work that was documented here) - truly, I do - but so we’re on the same page, the bezel I’ve been asking for (which some folks actually have and have been willing to part with temporarily) is the caddy-load bezel that really only has the caddy-length slot and a round eject button. The one you’ve made is the style I currently have that is more of the universal variety; example, I’m using it with a caddy-load 300i. 

I’m just glad I didn’t get ragged on for bumping an old thread :)
Nope, I did not use that as a starting point. I did see though and I tried and it was WAY off. I got a syquest bezel off of eBay and mike’d that. It figures that I work hard, make muiltiple prototypes to adjust the length of the clips only to be accused of copying someone else’s untested/defective design.

 
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360alaska

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Yeah, I mean if someone wants I can share it in tinkercad, which is what I use, and then they can edit it and turn it into a caddy bezel. It’s not very hard but for me my only two computers with caddy cds are 550 and 660av.

 

pb3623

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No, I wasn't implying anything like that - other than if you knew it was there, it could've saved you a bit of work. Turns out you did know it was there and used that as a starting point. The one I uploaded and printed from Shapeways has a slight gap on the right side but I think I used too thin a material (flimsy).

But it (measuring, modeling, and creating the STL yourself) is a good skill set to have anyway, as you noted - especially with supply drying up quickly on old parts like this.

 
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