I often use TinkerCad for designing my 3D projects but recently found out that Thingiverse, which is a library of open source 3D designs, has a feature called Customizer. I don't know all the details on how it works but I don't need to know because it makes modifying an existing design incredibly simple.
I saw a USB/SD card holder on a YouTube video from a poster named Barnacules. He modified it to make it a custom size. I found the design on Thingiverse by rhmorrison and the site had a link to the customizer that brought up the screen above. Through drop down menus I could easily change the design. When it was done I clicked on "Create Thing" button and a few minutes later the .stl file was ready for download.
I added more USB Flash Drive slots and reduced the number of SD card slots. I added my domain name to the front and removed the tabs on the side for connecting a couple of these together. The final design is shown above.
From there I loaded it into the XYZ Printing Software and sent it to my Davinci 3D Printer. I used a low resolution 0.4 mm setting so I could print it quicker. I didn't need precision but it turned out great. The lettering on the front is a little sketchy but the drives fit good and so does the SD card.
I don't know how many designs offer this Customizer option but from what I could tell its still rather new. I did find an iPhone case you could modify and a flat sign you could change the words on. Check it out and let me know what you did with the Customizer.
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Chuck has been programming with PIC Microcontrollers since there were only five devices. Now there are over 700 and growing. He also has a lot of fun 3D printing designs using his Davinci 3D printer and TinkerCad software. In this series of blog posts and occasional videos on his YouTube Channel he tries to help you get started with electronics and 3D printing.
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