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Back to RPi Hardware Basic Setup.
Hardware & Peripherals:
Hardware - detailed information about the Raspberry Pi boards.
Hardware History - guide to the Raspberry Pi models.
Low-level Peripherals - using the GPIO and other connectors.
Expansion Boards - GPIO plug-in boards providing additional functionality.
Screens - attaching a screen to the Raspberry Pi.
Cases - lots of nice cases to protect the Raspberry Pi.
Other Peripherals - all sorts of peripherals used with the Raspberry Pi.
As yet, the foundation does not provide cases for the Raspberry Pi. The small form factor or low power draw however, allow you to put it in almost everything.
PI Box Case
Pi Box is the new Professional Case from PC Supplies Limited, Covers all sides of the motherboard for the ultimate protection. Unique Fit-together design with custom supplied 'PI Clips' Allows Access to SD Port / USB / Ethernet / Audio / Video / HDMI and PSU , No screws! and NO elastic bands! - "A true PRO design"
Available from Amazon UK, Shipping throughout Europe [| Amazon UK]
PI Sandwich Case
BUD Industries is Proud to introduce The PI Sandwich Enclosure, designed for use with the Raspberry Pi microcomputer (not supplied) and to accommodate changes in component location on the board as well as the potential addition of components . The enclosures provide protection, flexibility and ease of access to all components with quick snap-in installation. This rectangular version is open on all four sides for direct access. [| more details]
I just had a go at knocking up a quick Lego case prototype. Since I don't know the metrics of all the connections, it's a bit of a "proof of concept" right now, but since's it's not exactly difficult to take out any offending side-pieces and move them if they're in the way of a beloved connector, I'm assuming that this isn't a big deal.
Also, because of the thin side-walls, a bit of additional hacksawing or dremeling shouldn't be too difficult.
I've limited myself to only using pieces that are currently available from Lego's "Pick a Brick" shop, in red. :)
I've tried to fit everything into an 8*12 grid footprint, which will hopefully fit … but I don't have the specs of the thickness of the thin wall-pieces, so no guarantees. One thing that might screw things up is the height of the board's connectors: I don't know whether they'll all fit within the upper and lower lip of the side-wall pieces. If the board's "USB port stack" is too high, I guess the "roof" could be raised by a tile or two.
I knocked it up with Lego's Digital Designer program (free download from their site). The critical Lego piece is the repeated hollowed-out "side wall" ("[") brick ("wall element 1*2*2, w. window"), which you'll find on LDD's parts palette behind the little "door" symbol, or under the Pick a Brick page, as element #4507686, design #60032 (red), cost 8 pence each.
Feel free to hack, mangle or otherwise rework.
Lego Case 2
I had a bit of a play in lego designer with the idea of a vertical case – the USB / ethernet would emerge from the top, and the power usb would be on the bottom – possibly using a right angled usb connector. It's possible to alter the sides to allow for gaps for the various bits that stick out. There are lots of transparent bricks available – also includes a 2 x 2 brick to stick the raspberry pi sticker on.
Raspberry Pi forum user "dreamy" has a project for a case running: http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum/projects-and-collaboration-general/iceberg-case-project/
Marco Alici Case for Raspberry Pi
Marco Alici, Italian Design Engineer, has designed this well appreciated clean enclosure to host the computer:
More infos on Marco's blog: http://marcoalici.wordpress.com
Printable Mylar Sheet Fold-up Case
RaspberryPi.org forum user "eric_baird" thought of printing an outline of the walls of a case on a Mylar overhead projector (OHP) sheet or cardboard that could then be cut out and folded into a case. Multiple users have since drawn such cases that can be printed on a Mylar sheet, thick paper, card stock, cardboard. The printed parts can be cut with a sharp knife or scissors and then folded/assembled into the case.
Multiple models are available:
The foldable case from "tzj" (currently based on the model B beta board).
The foldable case from "Andrew K" is based on measurements of an actual Raspberry Pi model B and fits snugly.
The foldable case from Thomas Mueller is (arguably) a bit more stylish. It stays closed without glue, and can be re-opened.
Laser-cut Clear Acrylic Case
eBay UK seller guitarreriacom is offering a laser-cut clear acrylic case.
BRAMBLE Pi - Laser-cut Finger Jointed Wooden Case
BRAMBLE Pi2 - laser engraved wooden case
Bramble Pi2 - Raspberry Pi laser engraved wooden case is also on sale on Etsy.com (Nhslzt). Laser cut and engraved with a bramble motif on both top and bottom.
Raspberry Pi Board B Enclosure
A solidworks concept from http://solidworksbootcamp.com/raspberry-pi-board-b-enclosure/
Raspberry Pi air case
Raspberry Pi fimo case
ModMyPi - Raspberry Topping Case
ModMyPi LTD was founded in February 2012 following the public release of the ground breaking Raspberry Pi Model B. ModMyPi LTD specialise in the manufacture of unique, professional and high-quality cases for the Raspberry Pi. ModMyPi is offering mix and match colour customisable cases for sale on their website.
Berry Box - The Lego compatible, transparent case for the Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi Cover - SK Pang electronics
Developed in-house and manufactured in the UK. A range of laser cut acrylic covers for the Raspberry Pi. Link
Pi-Stack Raspberry Pi enclosure
Developed in-house and manufactured in the UK. One of a range of compatible acrylic products designed exclusively for the Raspberry Pi. While everyone else seems determined to "cover up his beauty from the world", the Pi-Stack exposes the Raspberry Pi elegantly from all 4 sides. Unlike some of the other designs the makers claim that this also allows access to all the GPIO pins. Currently available in "Gold", "Silver" and black with 10mm acrylic base and top. Currently sold in USA, Canada and Australia as well as the UK, via Ebay.
RepRap friendly cover for Raspberry Pi
The Rep-Rap we have is not very reliable and is only really able to produce basic designs so this is a 6 part case that has to be glued together. There are 6 stl files here with construction notes.
Mega Drive / Genesis Case for Raspberry Pi
The design was thought up by osholt on the evening after receiving his Pi. The case is strictly DIY and an Instructable for it can be found at the Instructables website. The case is well suited to Green enthusiasts as it can easily be made with only reused or reclaimed parts as well as to emulation enthusiasts and to users with limited resources and design skill (you only need to know how to use a screwdriver to make the whole thing).
Our intention is to design a case for B model and provide that model of a functional protection, which all of us we will enjoy if you help me to achieve my objectives with your cooperation.
The RaspBox is made of two acrylic glass plates and four metallic spacers. All parts are hold together by eight screws. This minimalistic design comes from the Swiss company Yoctopuce. Originally, the RaspBox was just a pet-project, but as it was very appreciated within the company staff, the decision was made to bring it to the public. The design itself has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License and can be downloaded from the product page. The finished product is also available from the Yoctopuce shop.
Two cases have been successfully printed on the makerbot so far. Both are vented for heat concerns. The main difference is one allows GPIO pin access directly.