So first we have the TFT display to drop into the display panel. A small piece of kapton tape is used to prevent the plastic carrying any current across the display pins,
Here we have the latest version of the frame and new hood still on the printer build plate. I pop that off and remove the support material.
Here you can see the new frame and the side panels. One is installed (the one on the bottom). The snap fits are really tight, which from a use standpoint is a good thing, but at this stage in my project I might want to pop these on and off a few times. I’m actually surprised they fit so well 1st time thru. However, I might have to loosen that up or choose another method in later versions.
And here is the unit assembled. The new control panel and hood have a slightly looser fit than the green ones did. Different plastics shrink different amounts. Anyway a little tape for now, and rubber cement in the future. I don’t want to use plastic glue here as I may want to get in there and fiddle with things now and then.
I’m not happy with the door hinges. They are just strands of printer filament. I think I want to use short pieces of coat hanger maybe. Something a little more substantial than 1.75 mil plastic. For the door handles I think I will actually go old school and get a piece of Aluminum, tin snips and a file. Not sure yet.
The door latches were designed to be magnetic. Not sure I want magnets to close to my super sensitive 21st century sensors. It sure would be embarrassing to discover my compass was off ten degrees one way with the doors closed and 10 degrees the other way with them open. Spring loaded latches would be nice, just not sure how to fabricate them.
Also not sure if I will keep the bottom display panel. That was a design “add-on” by the person who created the original file on Thingiverse. I expect I will need that space for electronics and sensors and such. My edits to the .stl files will be uploaded to Thingiverse as a remix of the original using the link provided in one of my posts above.