I was finally able to get my hands on some 2mm thick acrylic and test the production process of the antenna I thought.
Let's start with the 2mm thick acrylic frontplate.
This looks AWESOME! (Since I was at it I alsso modded the screen for a darker look).
The matte look left from the CNC machining is really cool and I love it. I'm trying to leave it as is.
Regarding the production process I designed and 3d printed a guide that can be broken up into parts after winding up the antenna.
This way I was able to buld the antenna on the guide in a much more comfortable way and, once finished tuning the resonant frequency, I was able to break the guide into parts and tranfer the antenna on the frontplate without damaging it.
I then wanted to try fixing everything up using some UV curable resin. That was a bad idea...
I lost the matte look on the top half of the frontplate and it now looks like its foggy. Furthermore some resin creeped on the screen ruining its transparency.
Finally I decided to stop using the resin altoghether and keeping things simple: I will now design the new frontplate without the hole for the chip. It will be just a recess in the acrylic. This way, if things go wrong, I will be able to rescue the chip.
Last thing to do is decide how to mount the frontplate to the Casio chassis. I have two options:
- 2mm thick double sided tape (already bought for this purpose).
- T-7000 glue
The second seems more fit for the purpose at this point. I'll have to try thing out.