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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.