Designing a Wemos D1 mini ESP8266 Enclosure with Fusion 360. Easy tutorial.


Dear friends welcome to another video! This is Nick from educ8s.tv and today we are
going to learn how to design and 3D print an enclosure for a Wemos D1 mini board using
Fusion 360 software. Without any further delay let’s get started! A few months back I bought my first 3d printer,
a Wanhao Duplicator i3. Since then I was 3d printing some files that
I have downloaded from the Internet but I wanted to learn how to design my own things. I tried a lot of different 3d design software
but Fusion 360 became my favorite for the following reasons. • It is very powerful
• It is absolutely free • It is very easy to use
• There are a lot of tutorials online on how to use this software
As you are going to find out, designing this enclosure won’t take us more than 5 minutes
from start to finish on Fusion 360. First of all we have to download the Fusion
360 software. You will find a download link in the description
of the video. After the download is complete we have to
setup the software and create an Autodesk free account. When you open Fusion select the Trial Counter
in the upper toolbar. It will appear up here, I am already registered
so it does not appear in my machine. If you press it, you can select “Register
for free use” and you can register as an Enthusiast which is free. That’s it, our software is setup and ready
to use. First we are going to make a sketch of our
enclosure based on some measurements of the D1 mini board. On a white paper I draw the outline of the
board, and I write down the measurements from a caliper. So, its 35.3mmX27mm. Let’s now measure the Z dimension. It is around 6.6mm. Now that we have the exact dimensions of the
board we can design the enclosure in Fusion 360. On a new design, we press the Create Sketch
button, a very powerful tool of Fusion. Now select the plane to draw on. We select this plane. From the Sketch menu, we select the 2 point
rectangle. We place it on the center and we enter the
dimension of the board. This is going to be the inside of the enclosure. We make it, a little bigger than the actual
dimensions, so I enter 36mm here and 27.5 here and I click to place it. Now let’s make the enclosure 3mm thick. We go to Sketch ->Offset. Then we select the rectangle we have designed. We move it this way in order to create a bigger
rectangle and we enter 3mm. This will be the thickness of the walls of
the enclosure. We now press the Stop Sketch button. Now we go to Create Menu and we select the
Extrude command. We then select the small Rectangle and we
extrude it upwards by 3mm. That’s the base of the enclosure we are
going to create! Now let’s make the walls. We enable the sketch1 again, and we now select
the big rectangle. We extrude it by 13mm. A simple enclosure just appeared! Now let’s make an opening for the USB cable. From my measurements it has to be around 17
mm in width. So, we select the front face of the enclosure
and then we click to create a new sketch to it. We create a rectangle with a width of 17mm
and a height of 10mm and we place at the center. You can always move a sketch with a left click
and by selecting the move action. We then press the Stop Sketch button again. We then select the new rectangle and we press
the extrude button and we enter -3mm extrusion. The opening has been created! By pressing the home icon here, we return
to the default view of the model. I now select this face in order to create
two more rectangles in order the D1 mini to sit in and leave some space at the bottom
for the wires. So, I create a 2 point rectangle here, and
a smaller one close to the USB opening. Then I press the Stop Sketch button, and I
extrude both rectangles, one by 5mm and the other by 3mm. I discovered these values by trial and error,
since the D1 mini has an irregular height. The last step is to create a small hole for
the wires. We turn the model around by holding down shift
and pressing the middle button of the mouse. We select the back face of the enclosure and
we press the Create Sketch button. We create a 2 point circle. We set the diameter of the circle at 4mm. We stop the Sketch and we extrude this way
in order to create the hole. That’s it! The bottom of the enclosure is ready! Let’s print it! I am going to print the part using Colorfabbs
white PLA. While the part is printing, let me tell you
about the new Android Game I have developed. Since 2014 I develop mobile games for a living
and a few months ago I developed a new game which is called Quiz of Knowledge. It is a quiz game developed for Android which
contains thousands of multiple choice questions, supports 6 languages and it is completely
free. If you like quiz games you can download Quiz
of Knowledge from the Google Play Store now, by clicking here or by following a link for
the game in the description of video. Thanks! 50 minutes later the parts is ready, and as
you can see the Wemos D1 mini board fits nicely in it! Now it is time to design the top part of the
enclosure which is much easier. All we have to do is to create a new Sketch
and draw a 2 point rectangle. The dimensions of it must be the same with
the bottom, so we enter 42mm and 33.5mm. We stop the sketch and we extrude it 2mm. If we move it in place, we can see that it
fits perfectly! Now with the same procedure we design a circle
with a diameter of 5.1mm for the LED and we extrude it by -2mm in order to create a hole. If you wish you can also make some openings
like these by sketching some rectangles. The top cover is ready! Let’s print it! 20 minutes later, our simple enclosure is
complete. Of course there are a lot of improvements
that can be made to this design. This is just a demonstration that within minutes
and with little knowledge of the Fusion 360 software we can achieve great results. With tools like 3d printers, we can now move
our project to another level. I am very excited with the 3d printing technology
and the applications of it. I am very new to 3d design and as I learn
more design tricks with the software I will share them with you with tutorials like this
one. I would love to hear your opinion about Fusion
360. Have you used it in any of your projects and
do you have any tricks to share with us? Please post your comments in the comment section
below. Thanks! If this is your first time here, I would love
to have you subscribed. In this channel I post videos about DIY projects
every Saturday. I love making things and I believe that anyone
can make things, anyone can become a maker. That’s why I created this channel, in order
to share my knowledge with the community and learn from the community. I hope you will join us. Until next Saturday, Watch, Learn, Build! [ Translating these subtitles?Add your name here! ]

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