Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby peterl94 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:34 pm

probono wrote: Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:33 pm looks like this
Looks like what? ;)
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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby salp » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:00 am

I updated the first document Tutorial of Enclosure_Skeleton v.2, let me know what you think :|
The original document is written in LibreOffice Writer V5.4, using a very simple table format so it can be easily edited.

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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby peterl94 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:26 am

Much better for beginners I think.

Creating the Skeleton body seems unnecessary to me, but I'm sure I'll understand better when I see the final model.
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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby salp » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:19 am

peterl94
Creating the Skeleton body seems unnecessary to me, but I'm sure I'll understand better when I see the final model.

You are right, the skeleton model is not necessary. The reason I'm using it is because I had a very had time understanding the "Shape Binder", so I thought this would be a simple example for new users to follow along.
I should have the next part of the tutorial up in a few days, this is taking much longer than I thought.
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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby peterl94 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:41 am

salp wrote: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:19 am I had a very had time understanding the "Shape Binder"
That could partly be because of a couple major bugs: PR 950 and PR 949
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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby probono » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:28 am

Looks like these Solidworks features would be awesome to have in FreeCAD, and tremendously useful for designing enclosures:

http://help.solidworks.com/2016/english ... GROOVE.htm
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http://help.solidworks.com/2016/english ... P_HOOK.htm
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http://help.solidworks.com/2016/english ... GROOVE.htm
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Do you think it could be done?
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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby peterl94 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:19 pm

probono wrote: Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:28 am Do you think it could be done?
Sure. The easiest thing wold be to create a macro that would emulate those features using existing features such as sweep and pad.
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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby NormandC » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:25 pm

Please understand that snap-fit enclosure design is a very specific use case, FreeCAD is used to create wildly different things. The important thing is to have all the basic tools to get most jobs done, even if it takes a little longer. Yes, it could be done, but who's going to implement it, that's always the question. There are many tools still missing in FC that are IMO more important to have.

And those hook and groove tools must be recent additions in SolidWorks, I don't remember seeing them when I took a refresher course on SW back in 2008. SolidWorks has been around for 21 years, they have an army of paid developers, and they make yearly releases, so they need to add new stuff every year.

Edit: just had a look in my SolidWorks 2009 Bible, and they were indeed there.
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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby probono » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:41 am

Please understand that snap-fit enclosure design is a very specific use case, FreeCAD is used to create wildly different things.
Sure, I understand that. With the increased availability of 3D printers and their increased use by tinkerers who create electronics, I just happen to think that electronics cases might become a killer feature for FreeCAD :D
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Re: Asking for a tutorial: Snap-fit electronics enclosure

Postby Kunda1 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:30 pm

probono wrote: Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:28 am Looks like these Solidworks features would be awesome to have in FreeCAD, and tremendously useful for designing enclosures:

http://help.solidworks.com/2016/english ... GROOVE.htm
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http://help.solidworks.com/2016/english ... P_HOOK.htm
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http://help.solidworks.com/2016/english ... GROOVE.htm
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Do you think it could be done?
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