Commodore PET Projects
petSD+ Version 2.4 - 3D Printed Case
|Photo : Chuck Hutchins
||Photo : Luis Fernando
petSD+ Version 2.4 Case
A member of the
Facebook Commodore PET/CBM Enthusiasts Group,
Luis Fernando Salazar, has designed a really nice 3D printed
case for petSD+. The case has been designed to look like a
miniature Commodore PET disk drive, such as the 8050. The case
was originally designed for petSD+ version 2.2 but has now been
updated and optimised for the version 2.4 PCB.
The case was designed as an "after market" add-on and
requires minor alteration to an already built petSD+. The case
is designed to have front facing LEDs and to achieve this, the
standard vertically mounted LEDs need to be replaced with right
angled LEDs that shine through light tubes in the printed case.
Luis's description of the case on Facebook is quoted below .
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"Hello everyone, I want to share with this group the 3D
printed case I made for the petSD+. It's made to resemble the
8050 disk drive. One modification was needed to the LEDs, they
were replaced with right-angle ones. The top is white, but I
plan to print it in beige to see what color looks closer to the
original disk drive. Thanks to
David Laffineuse for letting me borrow his petSD+ (I don't
own one), and to Nils Eilers, the creator of the petSD+ for
providing me with info about the board. "
Luis can supply the kits for $40,
plus P&P. Luis is based in Florida, USA, so US
shipping should be pretty reasonable, shipping to other
countries will be a little more expensive, but contact Luis for
further details and to order your case.
I have to declare an interest here;
I don't personally benefit from promoting these cases, but
Luis did generously donate one to me for loaning him a
Version 2.4 petSD+ so that he could modify his design to
suit the latest PCB.
That said though, I think that the
case is a great piece of work, it really finishes off petSD+
and gives it a really professional look and feel. The 3D
printing is done exceptionally well, the panels are made
thick enough to give good rigidity, without being too bulky
and the edges and ventilation grill slots are very neat,
with crisp lines. I don't know what printer Luis is using,
but it gives much better results than I would achieve if I
printed the model on my own 3D printer.
I realise that by the time you take
into account the cost of petSD+, possibly adding on the high
quality LCD screen and then purchasing this 3D printed case,
then petSD+ works out as pretty expensive. However, as I
mention on my petSD+ ordering
page, you should bear in mind the difference between
cost and value. If you want to grace your, no
doubt well loved, Commodore PET with a quality SD card
"disk" system, then you should really give this solution
some consideration. (Not that I am biased of course !)