Simpler Raspberry Pi case.


raspi pi
Now even Simpler

Following on from the Simple Raspberry Pi case, here's an even simpler version based on the same concept.

The idea here is to use a material that is flexible so we can shape it to form the upright pillars. I have used 1mm polycarbonate because I had a large sheet to hand but you can substitute any flexible plastic sheet such as poly propylene. Alternatively heavy 1mm thick card could be used, in this case cutting will be easier also.

    Parts list:
  • ~170mm x 140mm 1mm polycarbonate sheet (or similar)
  • Tools:
  • -sharp blade / scissors
  • -straight edge
  • -1mm drill & bits
  • -sand paper

 

download plan Printouts and piece of plastic sheet
Fig 1: Download printable plan (48kb PDF). Photo 1: Printouts and piece of plastic sheet

Firstly print out the plans on to a piece of paper. Check the scale and tweak if necessary.

I stuck the plans temporarily to the sheet with some spray glue, double sided tape will work too.

stick on plans trim
Photo 2 & 3: Stick plan to sheet and cut out

Using a straight edge and sharp blade trim out the sheet following the plan template. (If working with card use scissors). Tidy corners with sandpaper.

drill slotting
Photo 4 & 5: Slotting

Cutting the slots is a little tricky, I used a 1mm drill bit to remove each end of the slot then trim out the rest with a blade.

scorer scoring for bends
Photo 6 & 7: Scorer tool and scoring for bends

Next I used a blunt blade with the end rounded off to score the upright bends, this helps the bend to be accurate and sharp. Optional step: to add rigidity to the uprights you can score a centre line along their lengths from the underside. In Photo 7 you can see the LID with corner slots cut out.

bend uprightsremove transfer
Photo 8 & 9: Bend uprights & remove transfer

Carefully bend up the uprights. Now peel off the plan template and you are just about ready for a test fit.

Pi insertedattach lid
Photo 10 & 11: Fit Pi board and cap it off

Each corner of the Raspberry Pi board should fit snuggly into the 4 upright slots. Attach the lid by locating it onto the upright tabs, (if it's difficult to fit try trimming a small amount of material from each of the corner slots on the lid). The lid will prevent the uprights from bending open and completes the case, it is easily removed for future tweaking. Note: Depending on the shape and dimensions of your power supply plug and LAN cable you may have to trim some excess material from the uprights near those sockets.

complete side viewcomplete 3/4 view
Done!

You could stick some rubber feet on the base, I find that mine is pretty stable without them. Enjoy your Raspberry Pi in its new case.

 

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