Cute little ARM board (inner active ingredient) + Tiny 3D-printed housing (color plastic hull) + Transparent sticker (attractive branding) = your new medication for pretty printing.
The Nano Pi NEO
The Nano Pi Neo is a cheap Chinese ARM board with everything needed (Ethernet, On-the-Go USB) and a tiny 40x40mm form-factor .
The price is unbelievably low, but the product is difficult to get to your hands at that price. Expensive shipping DHL fees are applied. Wait, the website was just changed while writing this post. Now cheaper (but slower) delivery via China Post is offered at 7$ for Germany, and 8$ for France.
The 3D-printed box
Let's customize the box
Blender can import .stl files and has special support for modeling objects for 3D-printing.
Below is a light reminder of the Blender shortcuts for future me, who keeps forgeting how to use this tool.
Tab to switch between 'Object' and 'Edit' modes.
T : Toolbox (on the left) N : N-menu? (on the right)
Scroll : Zoom in/out MiddleClick + MouseMove : Rotation Shift + MiddleClick + MouseMove : Translate Z : Solid/Wireframe 1, 3, 7 : Front, side, top view Ctrl + 1, 3, 7 : Back, side, bottom view 9 : Flip view 5 : Perspective/orthogonal mode 4, 6 : Rotate view 2, 8 : Tilt view
If you are using Inkscape often and want to save yourself a few of your brain neurones, swap the two keyboard shortcuts for 3D-view rotation and translation (so as to make translate with the middle-click like Inkscape).
<action> (+ X,Y,Z (+ <value>)) : <action> (only on X,Y,Z (by <value>)) G : Grab S : Scale R : Rotate
Don't forget to apply transformations if they are done in Object mode: Object > Apply > Rotation & Scale.
Setting up the units (Properties > Scene > Units):
Setting up the grid (N-Menu > Display):
- Boolean difference operation (in 'Object' mode) :
- Select the object receiving the operation.
- Add modifier (Properties > Modifiers).
- Select the object for the "cutting".
Font: There is a Font menu on the right in Properties > Fonts. The text can be changed in 'Edit' mode. To transform the text object into a mesh: Object > Convert to > Convert from Curve/Meta/Surf/Text.
Blender more more
Non-Manifolds? a manifold mesh can be seen as water-tight shape .
Zero-faces? But the zero-faces won't go away ? (>.<)
|||FriendlyElec, NanoPi NEO, http://www.friendlyarm.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=132|
|||Thingiverse, NanoPi NEO's 3D Printed Housing (high), http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1698298|