Building the Yocto #1 – Cutting the case

Building the Yocto #1 – Cutting the case

For the last couple of months I have been buying components to build the Yocto Roland TR-808 clone. The last thing that has been missing, as far as I know, was the acrylic enclosure.

I first thought I would order it online, but the places I found only seemed to have glossy acrylic (or at least glossy on at least one side). As I wanted a matte finish to avoid greasy fingerprints I waited. A couple of weeks ago I remembered that we had a laser cutter at the company I work at (albeit in another department). I talked to the guy in charge and asked if it would be possible to use the laser cutter if I provided materials and he agreed, probably that it was more fun than the regular standard stuff they cut. He helped me find acrylic that was laminated with a matte finish. So yesterday we decided it was time to do the cutting and I think it turned out really nicely. I will document the build process here, stay tuned!

Here are some images from the laser cutting process

Side and back panels
Side and back panels
Side and back panels done
Side and back panels done
Cutting top and bottom
Cutting top and bottom
Laser cutter working
Top and bottom done
Testing assembly – Front
Testing assembly – Behind
The PCB fits!

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