So, I’ve been slowly working on getting this bad boy finished lately. its a picaxe 18x, all nice and boxed up. it looks a little nicer, and is fully contained, so no battery box stuck to the bottom. It is now in a semi complete state, Usable, but still needing a few things for proper completion
So, I put a little bit of effort into laying out the front panel of the box. more then I did for the 08 box, that was mainly because there was more things that needed to be added to this box. The above shot is a nice posed photo of me drilling the holes for the panel.
It was all good, until i realised, i drilled all the holes upside down, and while it looks fairly symmetrical, it doesn’t fit turned around, due to a cutout on one end for a small blank panel for an infra read output (if the box was used as some kind of remote control). I should have taken some photos to show you what i mean, but I’m still working the whole documenting / blogging projects thing out
After I finished drilling holes, i sat the terminals into place, so i could see how it was going to look when completed. Its looking good to me, pretty much how i imagined it.
soldering wires to the terminals was fairly straight forward. the terminals were designed for mounting in PCBs, but this has worked ok. maybe not the most sturdy, but it does the job well enough. In the end, I would have been better off cutting the ribbon cable i used a little shorter, as it was a bit messy with all the wire squeezed inside
And this is another shot of the box. While, like i mentioned before, it still needs a bit of work, it is perfectly functional. and seemings it works, I’ll probably get lazy, and leave it this way. However, i was thinking of making a few minor changes, specifically, I may upgrade the power supply from 2x AA batterys, to a 9v with a 5v regulator, to eliminate problems that may be encountered with a low supply voltage
Other then that, all it needs is to mount the serial port, screw it all together (the electrical tape is structural at the moment), and make some nice labels for it, and then its a nice finished product.
Thanks for listening,