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PCB Replacement top for adafruit enclosure

Posted by jeremy on January 13, 2012

We have been absent for the holidays and thought we'd bring you a quick and dirty little hack for the adafruit clear arduino enclosure.  We find it extremely useful and hope you do, too. If you'd like to add quick buttons, switches, external sensors or an output port, this is an easy way to do it.

Fiirst thing is to grab a spare bit of proto pcb and a sharpie.  I picked out an old piece of the worst stuff I've ever used, some Radioshack 10-for-a-dollar protos.

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As you can see, we just took the regular enclosure top and drew a line around it with Sharpie.

Next you cut it out with a dremel.  It's not rocket science.  I will strongly advise you wear a dust mask/respirator/gas mask, as we're not 100% sure PCB dust isn't horribly toxic.  It sure smells like it.

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Flip it over to clean up the edges on the other side so you don't cut yourself on copper trace.......and VOILA!

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You can port or put about anything you can imagine on there.  Here we see a temp/humidity sensor, a couple of switches, and a rigged port that can be used to program internal components.

 

Last pic with before and after parts:

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