3D Printing cases and SGI "skins"

geneb geneb at deltasoft.com
Thu May 12 08:09:58 CDT 2016

On Wed, 11 May 2016, Mike Barnes wrote:

> On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 5:10 PM, Swift Griggs  wrote:
>> Has anyone used a 3D printer to make a case for their old machine ? I've
>> started drafting an SGI Indy "skin" in Sketch, but it's just a box right
>> now, nothing cool.
> Not an actual old machine, but I did a mini-blinkenlights replica of an
> HP-2100 system that has an Odroid-C1 in one of the boxes and uses simH to
> emulate HP Access (see https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebikes/22213398140).
> Each box was bigger than my printer (Makerbot Rep2), so had to be built in
> pieces and assembled using thermoplastic inserts. There's also a black 3d
> printed light tunnel inside to keep the lights from leaking to the adjacent
> lights.
That's really slick!  Condolences on owning a takerbot. :)

> This design was done using OpenSCAD (http://www.openscad.org). For almost
> all of my designs these days, I use Onshape (https://cad.onshape.com). Both
> have their uses. Onshape has a learning curve, but is extremely powerful.
> Mike
OpenSCAD always struck me as a poor programming language masquerading as 
an even worse parametric design tool, but some folks seem to enjoy it.


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