A Case For The Raspberry Pi Linux Computer

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2012 - 04:58 PM |
Tagged: Raspberry Pi, cases, computing, 3d printing

Marco Alici is not only eagerly awaiting his Raspberry Pi computer, but he is so excited that he has already started mocking up a case for it using Blender software and basic measurements of the Raspberry Pi board.

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The case is a form fitting white plastic affair that has cutouts for each of the ports and an etched Raspberry Pi logo on the top. He states that because the Raspberry Pi has been designed to be as low cost as possible, the placement of connectors on the PCB makes for a less than ideal case. The RCA jack in particular juts out quite a bit from the casing, for example. Also the Raspberry Pi PCB does not have mounting holes to make attaching the case easy; Mr Alici had to come up with a snap-fit assembly to get around that issue.

The renderings of the case were made using Blender and Yafaray. He says that he is still waiting on his physical Rasberry Pi board to finalize the design and make it available for 3D printing at Shapeways. The case further is able to be constructed using injection molding, which he says makes for a cheap to produce case. More photos are available here.  Now, if only I had a 3D printer!

 

Source: Marco Alici
March 7, 2012 | 09:11 PM - Posted by mikesheadroom (not verified)

It does look nice, but maybe a little light on the venting. I guess there aren't many resources to currently determine the heat output though. Search the internet for "Raspberry Pi case" and you will find dozens of cases all ready to purchase. No need to wait!

March 7, 2012 | 11:31 PM - Posted by elel (not verified)

I wouldn't worry about it. According to an earlier post on the Raspberry Pi site, the processor was easily cool enough to be touched after playing back video for several minutes.

March 8, 2012 | 12:37 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

That sounds promising :)

May 31, 2012 | 05:30 AM - Posted by MarcoA (not verified)

Update: the version 1.0RC1 of the case is available for purchasing on Shapeways:
http://marcoalici.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/raspberry-pi-case-1-0rc1/

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