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FireBee housing

Postby vido » Fri May 31, 2013 11:12 am

Hello,

Some time ago I tied to do my first thing in 3D after so many years when I was playing with NeoN 3D Graifx. And that was a FireBee housing. What I did you can see on the attached pictures. I was thinking to make it publicily awailable so anyone could print it with 3D printer. I believe in some time that will become cheaper and affordable.
But I am no 3D designer, just a pure beginner and dont have the time to learn and finist the case.

Is there anyone interested to help with this?
It is done in Google Sketchup.
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Re: FireBee housing

Postby bullis1 » Fri May 31, 2013 11:21 am

It looks like it takes its design cues from the MSTE or TT. Nice work.
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Re: FireBee housing

Postby vido » Fri May 31, 2013 11:24 am

bullis1 wrote:It looks like it takes its design cues from the MSTE or TT. Nice work.

Exactly! I just love the look of the MSTE and TT housing. I would just make it black.

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby simonsunnyboy » Fri May 31, 2013 11:28 am

Nice job! This looks very like a true Atari design. Maybe ensure there is enough space for real harddrives and an optical drive?
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Re: FireBee housing

Postby vido » Fri May 31, 2013 11:35 am

simonsunnyboy wrote:Nice job! This looks very like a true Atari design. Maybe ensure there is enough space for real harddrives and an optical drive?

There is more than enoug space regarding FireBee needs. There is space for the slim optical drive.
But as I am concerned FireBee dont need optical drives or HHD-s. It can use internal card reader instead floppy drive and compact flash, SD card, USB sticks instead of them. Still there is enough space inside.

Anyway I am asking for a help to finish this as I am not able to do it alone. Anyone with 3D design skills?

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Postby wongck » Fri May 31, 2013 2:42 pm

Wow.... really looks Atari classic. :thumbs:
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Re: FireBee housing

Postby Dal » Fri May 31, 2013 9:59 pm

vido wrote:Anyone with 3D design skills?


Try an pm Bid - 3D design is his profession.

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby fmh » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:46 pm

Wow this really does look nice. Well done.

I do like the current FireBee case though. But with this design shown here though you can add a lot more inside the case and it still looks like a Mega/TT.

So when does this go into production? :D
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Re: FireBee housing

Postby viking272 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:28 pm

Would be great if it can house the Falcon or ST mobo too, then it would appeal to a wider audience!

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby viking272 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:44 pm

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby Faucon2001 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:19 pm

Wow, very nice. Can you share the 3D file? I would be interested to adapt it for my project.
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Re: FireBee housing

Postby Atari030 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:17 am

If I could get that with Firebee, I think I would just buy it. To hell with the budget.

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby BoNuS » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:52 am

Looks good :) So there are 3 places for 3.5 inch hardware or how do I have to see the extra space ? Maybe an 5,25 for a drive (and a front opening)although these also seem to get more and more obsolete.
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Re: FireBee housing

Postby vido » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:53 am

Faucon2001 wrote:Wow, very nice. Can you share the 3D file? I would be interested to adapt it for my project.

Hmmm ... That was 5 years ago I did it and it had many mistakes. I you scroll up I asked for help but I didnt get it. After that I was angry and deleted it and said I will start again but that never happened :(
Maybe I that file still lies somewhere on old computer. But I think I will try again. It will be done for the FireBee for sure. :)

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby vido » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:57 am

BoNuS wrote:Looks good :) So there are 3 places for 3.5 inch hardware or how do I have to see the extra space ? Maybe an 5,25 for a drive (and a front opening)although these also seem to get more and more obsolete.

I will put RaPi together with FireBee inside the case. There was meant to be also place for the CD slim drive but I will change that for 3,5" internal card reader drive. There is still some space left. with adapters you could put anything inside.

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby lp » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:30 am

That looks really nice vido. Would of liked to had my Hades in something like that.

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby vido » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:31 pm

Thanks!
But how to realize it? 3d printing of such case in one piece requires big and expensive 3d printer.
To make tooling for it, it is in range of several 10.000€.

But I will do 3d model again. I hope this time without errors but that means I will have to learn how to do it.

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby Spectone » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:35 am

Is it possible to just print smaller parts and then connect them together? That way you could use a smaller printer. Also can you hire a larger printer? I mean you send the files to a company and they print it out for you for a price.

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Re: FireBee housing

Postby Faucon2001 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:22 pm

Spectone wrote:Is it possible to just print smaller parts and then connect them together? That way you could use a smaller printer. Also can you hire a larger printer? I mean you send the files to a company and they print it out for you for a price.

Big printers can be rented but they are still difficult to find especially for a 45 x30 cm case needed for a ST or Falcon, and most of the fab labs are equipped with small printers (20x20x20) in average.
So, Printing the case in small pieces and glueing them together is actually the way to go, but is more complicated to design.
You should use some metal insert (aluminum small L profile) to give stiffness to the final construction.
So basically, you have to divide the design in chuncks, with strong corner to hold the L shape profiles and make a frame (the frame can be glued or hold with hidden small metal screws in each corner), and glue decorative light panels on top, leave a 0.5 mmm gap in V shape between each parts joint in order to fill it later with automotive filler, sand it and paint. As your design is squared it should be feasible. Construction after should be like a small plastic model.

Easier to say than to do, but this how I would approach it
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