Chad Stachowicz and myself are currently working on a “Smart Garage” device that is an IOT (Internet of Things) device that uses a home Wifi connection. The Smart Garage module allows the user to login to the webservice and find out if the door is open or closed as well as operate the door as necessary from anywhere in the world. The webservice uses WebSockets for real-time communication between device and server for both monitoring and control.
The hardware is an Arduino Mega microcontroller with an Adafruit CC3000 Wifi shield. It also has a blue LED to indicate of Wifi access and a red one to indicate the door is open as well as a button to operate the door manually.
I now have an Up Plus 2 3D printer (that I love) that my wonderful wife got me for Xmas. I measured the Arduino and shield carefully with digital calipers (a requirement for 3D printing) and then designed a special enclosure for the project in SketchUp. It needed to be able to contain all the parts with just the USB and Power connectors sticking out as well as have mounts for the indicator LED’s and the button.
Video demo of the functionality of the Smart Garage Opener:
3d Printing Files to Download
Hardware Used in the Project
3D Printer: Up Plus 2
WebSockets using the CC3000:
Here are some more pictures of the case and the printing process: