[Gta04-owner] Shapeways case and MMC connector

Benjamin Deering ben_deering at swissmail.org
Sat Apr 12 00:35:09 CEST 2014

On 04/11/2014 05:04 PM, Paul Kocialkowski wrote:
> I received a gta04 case from Shapeways, all in white strong and
> flexible. While it has a nice feeling and the plastic seems strong,
> there are some serious downsides:
> * The plastic part that connects the front cover to the middle cover on
> the top of the case doesn't fit (apparently the hole is too small).
> * The internal GPS antenna does not fit in the allowed space on the
> middle case: there are at least 2mm or 3mm missing between the two
> plastic parts to make it fit!
> * It seems that the internal GPS antenna takes too much space and makes
> it impossible to close the front cover to the middle cover.
> While I was able to fix the first two issues by cutting off parts of
> plastic, I encountered a more serious issue: the MMCX connector
> completely detached from the main board after I tried to make the gta04
> board fit in the case!
> I have a very thin soldering iron (1mm end) so I'll try to solder it
> back in place (I'll try to solder the two external pads and hope that
> the middle one, that I cannot access, still makes good contact).
> I'm guessing that the Shapeways case is somewhat stressing the board and
> got the connector to dislocate, or perhaps it the soldering was very
> weak from the start, or perhaps I damaged it earlier and didn't notice
> because I didn't move the board around.
> I hope I'll succeed in doing that, else I'll probably have to send the
> device back to Goldelico at some point.
> Also, I was a bit surprised to see that the internal GPS antenna doesn't
> fit. I thought it had been tested and approved already. Or maybe I just
> have a faulty print and should complain to Shapeways.
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I broke my MMCX connector a long time ago and have just covered the 
hole.  If you don't use the external antenna, you don't need the 
connector.  Depending on the cost of the print, you could just order a 
new middle piece that doesn't include that hole.

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