- How can I improve the enclosure I designed below? (deck is W concave, I don’t know how to taper the flange as I only started using an online tool for the design last night).
- I live in London, anyone know of a big enough vacuum former/3D printing service to get this done? I’m keen to jump back on my board ASAP.
- Am I good to use ABS, I’ve been thinking about aluminium (aluminum for my American friends), what other materials should I be considering?
After about 70 miles of testing my enclosure gave in to the vibrations and W concave of my deck. I vacuum formed it but the dimensions of the vacuum former meant that it was a little tight so I’m thinking about exploring 3D printing one from ABS to improve on what I learned from riding the streets of London.
Originally I only bolted the enclosure at the front and back for ease of removal since I take my lipos out for charging. The enclosure doesn’t carry any weight since everything is stuck to my deck with velcro so its purely a splash and stone shield.
I’m no designer but below are pictures of my quick work using an online tool (Dropbox link to STL file for anyone interested). The enclosure needs to hold the VESC (+bluetooth module and reciever) as well as 3 3s 8Ah lipos.
Top view, back is wider than the front so I can drill some holes on the sides to cool the VESC at the back (think rear-engine sports cars air inlet system).
What you can’t see is that I’ve curved the join from the sides to the flange to reduce stress when bolted down (I’m also considering using velcro instead ).
This side view is to show the front taper. I hope to better direct stones and water downwards.
Thanks guys, I’ve been learning loads and keen to pick up more skills/perspectives.