You’ve prototyped your Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design: It blinks, it speaks, it’s IoT-enabled and it breathes fire (maybe it doesn’t breathe fire…). Now it’s time to get the PCB made and put that awesome new project of yours into an enclosure. Unfortunately, all you have is a generic project case that appeared to come straight outta the 80’s.
Introducing: The Koki’o Project Case
The Koki’o project case is an open frame design which allows for panoramic viewing of your PCB while protecting the board from harmful contact with hands or tools. The open design also allows entry of air and moisture, which is great for applications which require environmental exposure (i.e. sensors).
A set of PCB template libraries are available for most major EDA tools (Eagle, Altium, KiCad) right out of the box - no pun intended.
Each pledge level will come with a durable 18-gauge steel chassis with black powder paint finish and keyhole slots for wall mounting, a top plate formed from acrylic (PMMA), machine screws for mounting, two sets of standoffs to accommodate board expansion (5 mm and 10 mm), and protective non-skid rubber feet.
Yes! We have greatly benefited from the open source community and we are dedicated to give back. The hardware is released under the Creative Commons ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).
All related documents, 3D models, and footprints available on GitHub.
The Koki’o project case will be delivered to Crowd Supply’s warehouse for final distribution to backers worldwide. Please see Crowd Supply’s guide on Ordering, Paying, and Shipping for more information about delivery, VAT payments, etc.
In order to reduce the frustration of backers, we chose to work ahead of time and made sure that the project was as close as possible to mass production before launching this Crowd Supply campaign. The development and tooling costs are paid for and the funding required is purely to cover the costs of the production runs.
Here are some potential risks and how we plan to address them:
We have a budget, modeled our potential income, identified pitfalls, created wiggle room within our budget, and have spoken to several different successful Crowd Supply launchers about what problems they ran into.
All project members have experience in enclosure manufacturing and have used contract manufacturers in the past to produce commercial and non-commercial products. While we do not claim to be experts, we know what it takes to successfully take a design from an idea to full production.
We have suppliers lined up, and to the best of our knowledge, should be able to deliver without any problems.
In summary, we believe the risk in backing this project is extremely low.
"The open design also allows entry of air and moisture, which is great for applications that require environmental exposure (i.e. sensors). A set of PCB template libraries are available for most major EDA tools (Eagle, Altium, KiCad) right out of the box. "
Produced by Cowfish Studios in Chicago, Illinois.
Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.
One Small Kit, 80 mm x 50 mm (3.15” x 1.97”) that includes standoffs, mounting hardware, and rubber feet.
One Medium Kit, 100 mm x 60 mm (3.94”x 2.36”) that includes standoffs, mounting hardware, and rubber feet.
One Large Kit, 120 mm x 70 mm (4.72” x 2.76”) that includes standoffs, mounting hardware, and rubber feet.