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Revision as of 13:10, 27 May 2012

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Hardware & Peripherals:

Hardware and Hardware History.

Low-level Peripherals and Expansion Boards.

Screens, Cases and Other Peripherals.


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.


Lego Case

The Rpi Lego case, designed by forum user eric_baird

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.

Download the Lego Digital Designer file for this case


Lego Case 2

Another Rpi Lego case, designed by forum user kimondo

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.


Iceberg Case

Raspberry-pi-vue.jpg

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:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum/projects-and-collaboration-general/concept-for-a-case/

A rendering of the case made by MarcoA
Another rendering made using Blender and Yafaray
A stackable version of the enclosure
Raspberry Pi computer mounted into the first version of the enclosure 3D printed by Shapeways

This case will be soon available for 3D printing on Shapeways. So everyone will be able to buy it directly over there.

More infos on Marco's blog: http://marcoalici.wordpress.com

Printable Mylar Sheet Fold-up Case

"tzj" Printable Mylar sheet 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, or other materials (e.g., thin sheet metal, wood, etc.). The printed parts can be cut with a sharp knife, scissors, laser cutter, etc., 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 "alexisread" originally posted here.

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.

Laser-cut Clear Acrylic Case on eBay
Laser-cut Clear Acrylic Case on eBay

Laser-cut Finger Jointed Wooden Case

wooden case
Laser-cut finger-jointed wooden case on Etsy.com

Etsy.com seller Nhslzt is offering a laser-cut finger-jointed wooden case for the Raspberry Pi for €12,00.

Raspberry Pi Board B Enclosure

solidworks prototype

A solidworks concept from http://solidworksbootcamp.com/raspberry-pi-board-b-enclosure/


Raspberry Pi air case

shape model

http://www.shapeways.com/model/434919/ and this is the video


Raspberry Pi fimo case

fimo cover

The bijoux artist Annarella gioelli has made her versione of case for raspberry pi usign fimo (a kind of polymer clay), there are a tutorial and a video tutorial


ModMyPi - Raspberry Topping Case

The red and white 'pokeball' case designed by ModMyPi

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

Berry Box

this is a project to make a case compatible with lego components, ther's a video


RaspBerry Slice

RaspBerry Slice

this is a project of the designer Brian Garvey, there a page and a video


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

RaspBerry Cover
RaspBerry Cover with Breadboard Area
RaspBerry Cover with Breadboard Area

Pi-Stack Raspberry Pi enclosure

RaspBerry Cover

Developed in-house and manufactured in the UK. One of a range of compatible acrylic products designed exclusively for the Raspberry Pi. Currently available in "Gold", "Silver" and black with 10mm acrylic base and top. Sold via Ebay.


RepRap friendly cover for Raspberry Pi

RepRap Pi Cover

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.