Siglent SDS2304X Oscilloscope: Homebrew Front Cover

Both my Tek 2215A and HP 54602 oscilloscopes came with snap-on front covers to protect all those delicate knobs and connectors. Not so the Siglent SDS2304X, which is basically a flat shoebox with a handle: the case has no features for a cover to snap onto, Siglent doesn’t offer a padded carrying case, and it’s too thick big for any of the laptop bags around here.

I’ve been lugging it to Squidwrench meetings and can easily visualize a gash across the LCD panel or a knob rammed against a door frame.

So I trimmed a pair of foam angles, punched holes to fit around the knobs along the right edge, cut up a cardboard tray from the heap, and duct-taped the whole mess together:

Siglent SDS2304X Oscilloscope - crude front cover - interior

Siglent SDS2304X Oscilloscope – crude front cover – interior

The cover is equally ugly from the outside:

Siglent SDS2304X Oscilloscope - crude front cover - installed

Siglent SDS2304X Oscilloscope – crude front cover – installed

A Velcro bellyband around the whole affair / through the handle holds it together.

I considered 3D printing a set of corners and screwing them to a flat plastic plate, but came to my senses just in time.

  1. #1 by Daniel B. Martin on 2018-07-11 - 08:18

    Technical elegance may be defined as “completeness of function coupled with economy of means.” You achieved that.

    • #2 by Ed on 2018-07-13 - 20:57

      And we both agree “butt ugly” has nothing to do with it! [sigh]

  2. #3 by Raj on 2018-07-13 - 02:37

    Ed, please print the whole cover. You have the means!

    • #4 by Ed on 2018-07-13 - 20:56

      Alas, the M2 platform isn’t quite big enough and printed flat sheets affront my delicate sensibilities. Better to blow a week designing intricate brackets with threaded inserts for a machined polycarb sheet: you know what happens when I get started!

  3. #5 by Mike on 2018-07-16 - 19:14

    I’d start with a tray from a fast food outlet. trim to match the dimensions of the front of the unit, and add the corners. The remains plus additional raw material from a second tray would provide the matching side pieces.

    This source of materials came to mind as I have a few fast food trays around the kitchen as a few years ago the local taco stand (Del Taco) closed and the owner gave me a few trays.

    • #6 by Ed on 2018-07-17 - 11:39

      We have a pile of Genuine Restaurant Trays: incredibly rugged phenolic, built to last a thousand years, and would release The Great Stink if I dared saw them. I was thinking more along the lines of polycarb sheet, but … man, that front panel would be protected!