Custom OpenSprinkler Enclosure using Injection Modeling

As mentioned in a previous post, I have been working with SeeedStudios to design a custom OpenSprinkler enclosure. Thus far I have been using an off-the-shelf Serpac WM-032C clear plastic enclosure, and I have Electronic Precepts to machine the cutouts. It was a good start and really easy to design, but the cost can quickly add up as I order more from them. Over time, it’s make more and more sense to design a custom enclosure using injection molding, in order to reduce the per unit cost.

The initial design has been finalized and a 3D printed prototype is on its way to me. I am very excited because this will be the first injection-molded OpenSprinkler enclosure! It’s a pretty heavy one-time cost (the mold costs about $5,000 to make), but it’s fun and I think it’s worth the investment. I am supposed to receive the prototype today, but a snow prevented DHL from delivering today. So I have to look forward to Monday. But below I attached some pictures Seeed sent me. They are enough to enjoy for a while 🙂 More pictures will come after I receive it on Monday.

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4 thoughts on “Custom OpenSprinkler Enclosure using Injection Modeling

  • March 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm
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    Great news, I’m actually holding up with my order waiting for these to become available (quite an Osborne effect, eh? 🙂 )

    Just wonder if you ever considered an enclosure that would hold both the main and expansion boards. I need 12 zones, I guess I have to buy an expansion; however if expansion won’t have the custom enclosure there’s little sense to wait for it.

    Thank you!

    • March 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm
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      The expansion board has its own enclosure. I do not plan to put the main board and expansion board in the same enclosure, because some users may want multiple expansion boards.

  • April 17, 2013 at 7:51 am
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    Whats the chances of releasing the 3D file for those with hobby printers to give it a crack?

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