Alps Switch Extenders
« on: October 07, 2020, 07:48:47 AM »
I have been looking at the way SSL design their 500 series modules and they use these angled extenders for alps switches which I find very clever (see attached image).

I have never seen these before and I haven't been able to find them anywhere online, so I'm thinking about having some 3D printed.

But before I do, I just wanted to ask if anyone knows where something like this can be bought ready made, or perhaps have a simpler solution that I haven't thought of?


Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2020, 10:19:01 AM »
I'm also interested. When I was searching in the past I realised that there's nothing available.

gyraf

Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2020, 10:25:34 AM »
Yup, those are custom parts, never seen such mechanical stuff in the wild. Perhaps you can buy a handful as spare parts?

/Jakob E.
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..

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Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2020, 11:10:19 AM »
I have been looking at the way SSL design their 500 series modules and they use these angled extenders for alps switches which I find very clever (see attached image).

I have never seen these before and I haven't been able to find them anywhere online, so I'm thinking about having some 3D printed.

But before I do, I just wanted to ask if anyone knows where something like this can be bought ready made, or perhaps have a simpler solution that I haven't thought of?
There was a time you could have them made in rather small quantities with a sensible set-up price, but now you have to pay a lot and order thousands.
Neutrik is one major supplier of such custom jobs.
Fortunately, 3D printing exists now and is affordable.
Who's right or wrong is irrelevant. What matters is what's right or wrong.
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cyrano

Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2020, 07:17:45 PM »
FWIW, Soundcraft uses these too. In the K1, some Spirits and I think the Sapphyre too.

Since they used to have a helpful service dept, it could be worth your wile to send them a mail?
Why is it people love to believe and hate to know?

Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2020, 07:07:59 AM »
Thanks for the tips on buying them as spare parts. I think I'll try to go the 3D printing route though... should be interesting :-)

I'll post STEP/STL files if I come up with something that actually works.

Rochey

Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2020, 07:52:55 AM »
this is a perfect application for 3d printing and rapid prototyping to re-iterate the design until it fits.
Good luck! I'm eager to see more on this forum connected to 3d printing!
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JohnRoberts

Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2020, 08:43:25 AM »
this is a perfect application for 3d printing and rapid prototyping to re-iterate the design until it fits.
Good luck! I'm eager to see more on this forum connected to 3d printing!
+1

JR
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Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2020, 02:51:21 AM »
If someone  finds a source for these I would be interested as well.

Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2020, 05:39:46 AM »
I designed an extender in Fusion 360 (see attached image). I tried to print a test specimen on a desktop Ender 5 3D printer, but this printer was not nearly accurate enough to produce a meaningful result.

So, I ordered a few samples from a 3D printing service in the UK that promises 0.15mm tolerances. They should be here in 7-10 days.


gyraf

Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2020, 06:25:04 AM »
rbuskov - pleeeaaasee report back on this..!

/Jakob E.
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..

Rochey

Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2020, 11:18:04 AM »
I designed an extender in Fusion 360 (see attached image). I tried to print a test specimen on a desktop Ender 5 3D printer, but this printer was not nearly accurate enough to produce a meaningful result.

So, I ordered a few samples from a 3D printing service in the UK that promises 0.15mm tolerances. They should be here in 7-10 days.

I would use these to make a silicone mold that you could then use multiple times.
For smaller parts, it's almost impossible to beat a resin 3d printer to make master devices.
I use a CR10 (big brother to the ender) to make assembly jigs:
https://youtu.be/l6mTQQfBxbA?t=80

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totoxraymond

Re: Alps Switch Extenders
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2020, 05:20:08 PM »
Hi!

That's an interesting topic!

I do have a 3d printer capable of .15mm accuracy, could you share the stl file by any chance?

I wonder if we could print one with transparent PET to make an illuminated switch...

Cheers,

Thomas


 

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