TL;DR - What needs to be done to the following model to ensure a successful print?
As part of a father-son project we're trying to make an enclosure for a digital clock. The idea is to make a 3D printed model of a rocket with a hollow body to hold the electronics. The main body consists of two halves that will press-fit together with some integrated mounting locations for the display, micro-controller, etc.
Since this is our first 3D printing project, I would like to know what can be done to the following model to help ensure a successful first print. We have not chosen a material or supplier yet, but I suspect we'll go with PLA since it seems to be quite common, inexpensive, available in lots of colours, etc.
The model is not yet complete - there are several details missing, like additional mounting locations - but I was hoping to make corrections to what we already have before too much further, just in case it requires a complete restart.
Here are some possibly relevant details and goals:
- The shell thickness is currently 2.5 mm.
- We would like the shell to be translucent to allow a glowing effect from some internal LEDs.
- The nose cone and thruster (not shown) will probably have pins that press-fit into the top and bottom of both halves of the shell to hold them together.
- There is a 0.5 mm clearance between the lip on the front shell and the detent on the rear shell.
- The rectangular window will possibly be removed, or made into a flip-open door.
There aren't a lot of hard requirements as this is just a learning project, so we're willing to change almost anything about the design, as long as we can fit in the existing clock parts.
The Fusion 360 model is available to view online if it helps: Rocket Concept 3