Saw a really simple yet fab project that I’d like to make.
Basically a stripped down mouse and a smooth rotary encoder = a control knob for tuning a software radio receiver. I quite fancy turning a solid metal knob to go on it, and finding a small, slanted enclosure for it all to go in.
There’s a variety of encoders out there. The original project uses a non detented encoder, i.e. it has no clicks when you turn it. I’d quite like that smooth operation too, so an EC16 type encoder is what’s required.
I like the look of this ebay listing for one, which has a metal shaft which has to be pushed in to tune. If it’s not, the value isn’t changed, which sounds useful for an environment where it may get knocked accidentally.
Sadly there are no sloping enclosures that are the size I had in mind. I am thinking something relatively small, but hefty - much like my 3D mouse. Thus I shall likely DIY the enclosure out of wood or metal.
Enough space inside for the mouse gubbins is necessary, plus I’ll leave a little extra if I want to replace it with a Teensy instead.
Again, nothing quite what I had in mind is available from the usual suppliers - although a simple aluminium dial, turned on the lathe and knurled, will be quite minimalist and aesthetic.
I’m thinking one big Neutrik USB panel connector on the back.