So I bought this analog multimeter at a pawn shop for $5 and it was missing the battery cover. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to 3D print something practical instead of Star Trek ships.
I took CAD in college and I was pretty good at it. So I fired up AutoCAD 2019 and started messing around with it. Admittedly, it was much different than what I was use to but I have always been a quick study.
After taking some careful measurements with my micrometer and ruler and scribbling down the notes of how I intended on tackling this I dug my heels in. It took me a few days just because AutoCAD 2019 is so much different than the CAD programs I have used. They say ‘measure twice, cut once’ and that adage couldn’t be closer to the truth when it comes to designing something and then waiting a couple hours for it to print. While you can adjust minuscule miscalculations with a file and some sandpaper — a major one means you will have to alter the design and print again.
My 3D printer is a Creality Ender 3 with a BLTouch automatic leveling sensor. After 30 minutes of tenuous worrying that I had gotten it all wrong I had a battery cover.
Chris Bond is the owner of this website, the father of three children, the husband of a wonderful woman, and the tinkerer of gadgets. He enjoys gaming, flying drones, and solving problems. His favorite TV shows are Game of Thrones, The Rookie, and The Expanse. He is super smart.