Diy Enclosure options

electronics: 6s lipo (2x 3s), vesc I have no idea how to make an enclosure. I have access to a 3d printer, but I’m not really sure if I would trust a plastic one, and I saw these pencil cases in staples and they looked kind of like an enclosure.

What should I do? If you had a similar problem and solved it maybe post your solution here. Thanks!

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A common easy and cheap solution are the plant trays you can get from like home depot or Amazon.

Many people make their own enclosure out of vacuum formed plastic (pretty easy and straightforward, but takes some work) or composites like fiberglass or carbon fiber (A much more difficult job, not for beginners.)

I want to see someone make a cardboard enclosure and then laminate it somehow to seal/harden it. Maybe I’ll do that for fun

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also, then I’m assuming screws would crack the edges too.

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You joke now, but I’ve seen duct taped cardboard enclosures.

Someone on here made one for temporary enclosure. He was trying to sell the board. It had 130kv Torqueboards hubs, that’s all I remember…think it was 10s

Those are fairly thin, but you can get thicker ones. I’d recommend going to a physical store, that way you can be sure of what you’re buying. If possible, pick ABS over polystyrene, it’s much stronger.

ok thanks bc half of the reviews were 5 stars and half were 1 star so i was skeptical

But i guess what I’m saying is carboard is such a viable crafting/building/constructing/modeling material that can be manipulated in countless ways while maintaining Its structural effectiveness. It’s literally one of the greatest inventions of the last 200 or so years

and as far as 3d printing goes? I only have the filaments that came with the printer but it seems decently strong.

Here are a few ikea trays that have been used in the past

how did you attach them? screws/bolts from the bottom of the board with a washer on them?

Most printers come with ABS and PLA. PLA is fairly strong but brittle. ABS tends to develop cracks unless it’s printed in an enclosure with heating. It can be done, but there are other options.

Screws with a washer. A rubber washer between the metal one and the plastic can help prevent cracking.

Check out this thread for more ideas:

so if I check and its abs then that’s an option too? or are they both used, just with some downsides for each?

I personally wouldn’t use a ed printed enclosure unless I was SURE it was free of cracks and delamination. Large prints from ABS tend to warp or crack unless your printer has a heated build chamber.

ok thanks going to take a trip to home depot at some point this weekend then. might still 3d print just out of convenience for the vesc though

Quick tip for flimsy enclosures: Fasten all your stuff to the board first. The enclosure should only be supporting its own weight, not the weight of your batteries etc.

If you make a really tough enclosure out of plastic or CF, this doesn’t apply as much, but for starters, the enclosure should just be there to keep the rocks out, not keep the batteries in.

Mmmmmm, cardboard,