ASIair 12v-5v DC converter 3D printed adapter bracket

Designing & 3D printing an adapter bracket for the ASIair 12v-5v DC converter

The ASIair is a small¬† Rapsperry Pi based mini computer with the computing power of an 1990’s Pentium 3. Used in conjunction with Sky Safari Pro on an Ipad, its an ideal way to image and control a portable astrophotography setup such as my CEM40 mount and William Optics GT71 or RASA8 telescope. In the field, the ASIair is powered from a 12 volt battery, with¬† the 12v-5v DC converter literally left hanging in the wind. Not an ideal situation as the cable can get snagged and disconnected. To fix this, a light weight bracket was designed and 3D printed to mount the ASIair 12v-5v DC converter to the 3D printed bracket designed made for the ASIair.

The design is reminiscent of 1950 Russian agricultural equipment and may not win any design awards but it is functional.

ASIair 12v-5v DC converter 3D printed adapter bracket assemble next to the ASIair mounting bracket

ASIair 12v-5v DC converter 3D printed adapter bracket assemble next to the ASIair mounting bracket

The bracket in the UP 3D printing program ready to be fabricated. The print time was little over 30 minutes.

ASIair 12v-5v DC converter 3D printed adapter bracket ready for 3D printing
ASIair 12v-5v DC converter 3D printed adapter bracket mounted next to the ASIair