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americasfuture2k 01-24-2009 12:34 AM

The Enclosure Thread, Show Yours Off!!
 
just finished making my enclosure. i like the results. i used some click pen cap internals to make some case buttons. there is also a video showing the function of the case buttons.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3376/...eab8e9.jpg?v=0
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3122/...dae8f3.jpg?v=0
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3383/...9df800.jpg?v=0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p79d16vbF8

rmccomiskie 02-22-2009 09:04 PM

Very similar to mine. For button extensions, I cut up a ballpoint pen refill, cleaned it out and reamed to fit the tactile buttons. As an added bonus, the backlight from the display shines on the button extensions so I have lighted buttons.

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/9390/img2001awt2.jpg

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/5342/img2002ahd1.jpg

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/3591/img2003amw5.jpg

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/5945/img2004amb3.jpg

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/2245/img2005alc9.jpg

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/4466/img2006ala5.jpg

This is a Fundamental Logic MPGuino v1.0. Only the RJ-11 connector is brought outside the box. When I want to connect to USB, I open up the box. Pretty handy actually. Just unscrew the cover and carry the Guino with me. The display is red from SparkFun.

wagonman76 02-23-2009 12:43 PM

I like it. Looks quite professionally done.

americasfuture2k 02-23-2009 03:05 PM

looks pretty good there. is that the radioshack case your using?

TomO 02-23-2009 03:20 PM

I'm getting much inspiration for my MPGuino build. I actually have a project box sitting around that should be the right size to do the same thing as you, rmccomiskie. In fact, now I have an idea of what kind of room I have to add the LED output for my OEM wideband display in the same box. :thumbup:

rmccomiskie 03-24-2009 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by americasfuture2k (Post 89202)
looks pretty good there. is that the radioshack case your using?

It's a Hammond Manufacturing box PN 1591 (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.1"). Picked it up at U-Do-It Electronics in Needham, MA. Mounted the way it is, the RJ11 connector just barely clears the bottom of the box in the cutout. That was just luck. I didn't plan it that way.

rmccomiskie 03-24-2009 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomO (Post 89205)
I'm getting much inspiration for my MPGuino build. I actually have a project box sitting around that should be the right size to do the same thing as you, rmccomiskie. In fact, now I have an idea of what kind of room I have to add the LED output for my OEM wideband display in the same box. :thumbup:

There's a little room on the right side. If you're using the later MPGuino ver. 2 from Fundamental, both the RJ11 and the USB connectors are on the left end of the board. There should be nothing in the way on the right.

TomO 03-24-2009 11:52 AM

I'm using the first version board, so my connectors are on opposite ends. But I should still have room to remotely install the LED array from the Wideband monitor in the same box as the Guino.

I might actually get to building it in the next two weeks. I've been busy prepping/fixing an 03 Honda Odyssey that we just bought.

yetimus 05-17-2009 06:41 PM

I recently finished installing the MPGuino display in the instrument cluster of my '96 Passat TDI.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/DSC00238.jpg

I'm pretty happy with the results, but it was a lot of work. In order to find something small enough to fit in the dash, I used Newhaven Display NHD-02161Z-FSY-YBW-C along with Molex 0520891619 FFC adapter. It was quite the crash course in soldering tiny wires!

The miniature display compared to the MPGuino original:
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/DSC00229.jpg

The cluster I'm running is out of a VR6 Passat with an auto trans. The automatic cars used a LCD display under the tach face plate to indicate gear selection. My car is a 5-speed so I used the space in the tach face to mount the display.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/DSC00224.jpg
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/DSC00225.jpg

I desoldered the original LCD from my Spiffie MPGuino and mounted (crudely, I might add) the board to the back of the instrument cluster. I powered the LCD backlight directly from the instrument cluster lighting through a 270 ohm resistor so the MPGuino display would dim with the rest of the gauges.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/DSC00231.jpg

Finally, I ran a trio of pushbutton switches in parallel with the tactile switches on the board itself and mounted these under the steering wheel.
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...f/DSC00247.jpg

I'm fairly pleased with the results overall. The small display has a fairly large space between the top and bottom rows of text which hampers readability somewhat, but not too bad. Also, I was hoping for a better match of the LCD backlight with that of the existing gauges. But it all works as it should and it's been a fun learning experience.

LeanBurninating 05-17-2009 07:48 PM

Now that is just gangsta. Very good! My case is in the mail, I'll post up pics ASAP.


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