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3D Print MessagePad 2000 Battery Tray

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I found this article with CAD files to 3d-print a AA battery tray for the MessagePad 2000. I was wondering if anyone had successfully tried this, as I don't have any battery for my Newton and I'd like to be able to use it as a PDA. 3D printing the piece would be much easier than trying to find a real one, and if it works, I don't care too much about the aesthetics (though I'd probably paint it to make it look somewhat believable...)

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I've got the model and I've tried printing it on an FDM printer, and no dice. The curved wall is just too thin. You could send it to shapeways and have it printed on a more exotic printer. I'm working on making one via FDM and then making a silicone mold I can pour a hard resin into.

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@LadyErrant do you still have the CAD file and metal battery coil file?  I was thinking of producing one with injection molding but the links for the files are gone and the person didn't reply to my email.

 

 

 

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