I'm new to Arduino, did some of the sample projects then combined two of them to display messages on the LCD based on temperature changes, it was great fun. My ultimate goal is to create funky interactive objects with LCD display and inputs, may be ultimately some kind of interactive robot once I get to that level of skill.
I have been looking for enclosure boxes but cannot identify the one that meets my needs. What I need is an enclosure that will hold a keypad LCD, the Arduino Uno, a protoboard, a wireless shield and enough battery to last 1 year+ (I was considering to eventually use the new Microchip board that has built-in wifi and SD card for data logging: http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en-us/press-release/arduino-compatible-chipkit-eco.html?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Post&utm_term=Social&utm_content=Dev+Tools&utm_campaign=chipKIT) but I don't know if it will fit in the enclosures.
The closest match is the Mmintbox. but it is not clear if it includes the push-button covers or what kind of mini protoboard it is designed to fit.
I like the this one even better: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:31933, supplemented with http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:31924. It says it allows shields but no reference to a protoboard or what size of shields it allows. It looks like the lower section of the enclosure is all used by/designed for a 9v battery. Also, how would I get the push-button covers? can they be 3D printed as well?
PS I have never used a 3D printer so I have no idea what it can and cannot do...