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So, I'm working on a few different subwoofer setups in my cars right now, and I really wanted to have a solution that's easy to remove if I need to take the sub out. I didn't really like banana plugs in general. The speakon connectors looked nice, but they're pretty bulky and can get expensive. I may need a right angle for one in a downfiring sub.. so I was thinking there has to be a better way. I started looking for XT60 panel mount connectors, and then checked out some of the 3D printing sites.

One of the first ones I found I just tried in a box, and it seems pretty good. I'm not super thrilled with how the XT60 goes into the printed part as I had to shave ridges and things down on the connector. But this is what it looks like:

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Not too bad, uses a screw in the back to hold the connector from slipping out. But, I was thinking it'd be cool to find another design, so I found a recessed panel mount one, but it attached with a big 3d printed screw, which was kinda neat, but I wanted more of a traditional mounting style, and to have a smaller hole. So I modified it and came up with this:
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It's recessed, and there are screws on each side which lock the connector in. I made the flange bigger with 4 screw holes. I may make the flange a little bigger and countersink the holes as well. But the hole needed is 1" for the main part, and the body is about 3/4" deep. I maybe modify this one and make an end cap that just secures the XT60 that way so I don't need screws. This design is nice because you can replace the XT60 if it wears out.

What do you all think, useful or nah?
 

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Maybe , but I think you will find the 3d print won't be airtight without some coating , most prints I have done haven't been able to hold water without leaking so I would imagine the same with this.
 

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Maybe , but I think you will find the 3d print won't be airtight without some coating , most prints I have done haven't been able to hold water without leaking so I would imagine the same with this.
I think the part that would leak air would be where the XT60 slips into the printed part. Some silicone would fix that right up. I can't imagine the rest leaking, since it's printed at 100% infill and all the walls are at least 3mm everywhere.
 

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I just picked up a bag of these:


They are panel-mount XT60s in black... might be easier to get attached to a printed bracket as it's got the "wings" on it with nuts already installed.
 

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Uhh... on the second one, the one that's round and recessed... is that a make XT60 in there, and doesn't it need some clearance for the shroud on the female connector?
Yeah it actually does have some clearance. It’s tight but it works! I may order some of those panel ones and mess with em.
 

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I've been using them all over my car. You might consider using XT90 If you're doing more than like 800 watts to the sub..
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I had @DeLander make me a similar piece for my mti box and it came out great. I wasn’t able to use it unfortunately as this sits directly on the trans tunnel/highest part in my truck and depth was an oversight on my part. I epoxied everything together before i realized the issue.

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