November 1, 2012 AT 3:00 am

Print-for-minty #3dthursday

PillBoxInsertForAltoids

3D printers build to your spec, so creating simple enclosures, brackets, box divisions, etc., is no longer a scramble through supply catalogues, a visit to a big box store, or a half hour with a file or mill: it is a few minutes with some calipers or a ruler, and a parametric design tool like OpenSCAD.

With our Minty Boost kit, we introduced a mint-tin form factor that has been useful for a number of projects out in the world, and this usefulness has spilled over to the 3D printing world. Check out Beth Scott‘s elegantly simple parametric Pill box insert (above), which fits nicely into our Mint Tin Box.

There are hundreds of little container projects on Thingiverse, including a bunch of Mint Tin related models for you to consider. You might also check out the various electronics projects that we have created on the Mint Tin form factor!


Altoids mints sized tin

Altoids mints sized tin

Mint tin dimensions:

  • Top lid outer (not lip): 2.36″ (59.9mm) x 3.75″(95mm)
  • Tin bottom: 2.3″ (58.75mm) x 3.7″(93.9mm)
  • Inner: 2.24″ (56.9mm) x 3.6″(91.5mm)
  • Height bottom section: 0.83″ (21.28mm)
  • Height top section: “0.36 (9.26mm)
  • Corner radius .55″ (14mm)

Adafruit Perma-Proto Mint Tin Size Breadboard PCB

Mint Tin PermaProto Breadboard

Mint Tin-Sized PermaProto Breadboard dimensions:

  • 30 rows of double 5-hole rows + 80 individual holes
  • 4 power rails with positive/negative markings
  • 3.6″ x 2.24″ (92mm x 57mm), 0.063″ thick FR4
  • 1.2mm / 0.047″ drill holes

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has thrilled us at Adafruit with its passion and dedication to making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed that our community integrating electronics projects into 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you take considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless EL Wire and LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you have a cool project you’ve made that joins the traditions of 3D printing and electronics, be sure to send it in to be featured here!

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