So I bought my Conion C-100 boombox nearly two years ago. It didn't have the lower cassette drawer. For whatever reason, I figure the best way to get one was to make my own. The 3D printing technology was getting there and the shapes seemed pretty basic but the more I learned about it the more I realized that I needed a drawer to make a drawer since I would need to make precise measurements.
I talked with a few buddies from work about it. One of them was so intrigued by the idea that he was inspired to buy a 3D printer himself. However, the printer he purchased was too small to make an object of this size. So there was no progress to be made yet.
About a month ago, someone was selling a cassette drawer on eBay. They wanted $220. I gave them a fair offer and they accepted. What I received was a rough condition drawer, but it was all there (mostly) and we could start seriously considering making the drawers.
My buddy is a more technically minded person than me and has looked at a way to make some money with his skill and mindset. He really isn't as much a boombox enthusiast as an entrepreneur. After he did the measurements and created the programming, he made a two-piece cassette drawer with his printer. It was beautiful. However, we really needed it to be one piece.
So I invested in a larger 3D printer and we got some grey filament. After all the calibration and troubleshooting and converting the software over to the new machine, he was able to produce a drawer. The picture below is the result. The forward drawer is the original I bought from eBay and the one in the rear (the lighter colored one) is the printed one.
Mind you we are still working out some issues but I just wanted to give all of you an update. We realized the filament was way too light and we purchased a new roll to produce a darker grey. The plastic pin in the rear of the drawer was broken on the one I bought and as it turns out it is pretty flimsy on the new drawer as well. So we're going to have to beef that up before we make these available. I'm sure nobody will be upset if the pin in the rear (which is out of sight) doesn't look original. It should be way better than the original when we're done. We're also working on the faceplate.
The good news is that it runs in and out very smoothly and even with the light color, it looks great under my Conion. When we get done, this will be something you'll want on your box. I can't wait to finish this project up and make these available for you!