Pseudonymous maker “Tuenhidy” has revealed a information to turning an influence provide right into a useful moveable, modular coaching equipment with DIN rail mounts — and a framework constructed from low-cost PVC plumbing pipe.
“I had one PSU from [a] damaged pc case, [an] AcBel CE2 400W,” Tuenhidy explains of the elements which went into his thrifty construct. “I assembled a PVC body with a deal with, it comprises [the] PSU inside with dimensions L×W×H about 200×165×160mm [around 7.9×6.5×6.3″]. Any such PSU has two openings for air flow with fan at prime and air flow holes at facet,” the maker notes, with the framework holding these clear.
This compact multi-voltage energy provide rig options DIN rail mounts on a low-cost PVC pipework body. (📷: Tuenhidy)
It is the framework which actually makes the construct stand out, in truth. Slightly than utilizing an off-the-shelf enclosure, getting messy with metalwork or woodwork, or designing one thing for 3D printing or laser reducing, Tuenhidy opted for one thing less complicated but very efficient: push-fit PVC pipe, extra normally used for plumbing work and obtainable at a really low price.
A collection of T-pieces and 90-degree fittings are mixed with the pipework to construct the body to surround the PSU, with a carry deal with on the prime. A chunk of acrylic hosts terminal blocks wired to the ability provide and an on-off swap, whereas two different sides maintain a DIN rail to mount different gadgets. 3D-printed adapters permit numerous gadgets to be linked for coaching functions — from microcontrollers to prototyping boards.
The rig could be expanded vertically by merely including extra pipework beneath. (📷: Tuenhidy)
“For additional enlargement, I can mount a 24VDC energy provide on the rail,” Tuenhidy notes. “All of the PVC fittings have openings holes at backside so I can lengthen my coaching equipment [vertically]. Simply stack extra PVC fittings and mount extra DIN rails.”
The total write-up is obtainable on Tuenhidy’s Instructables web page.