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I have designed many cases in the past 6 months for the Raspberry Pi and have only uploaded on of them to Thingiverse. But I have been working on a new case for a week now. It is not like any other case I can find on Thingiverse and the internet and is totally unique.
I present to you The Pi. The first case in the shape of the Raspberry Pi logo.
You have access to all the ports including the GPIO.
More info will be posted on the design process and tips for printing on http://Gromfrog.com soon.
I now have a Raspberry Pi and have designed this around all of the dimensions of my Pi. But alot of people get very slight adjustments in sizes and some cases do not fit. But this should as there is a little space for slightly smaller and larger Pi's. Now for the instructions.
I have included the full bottom of the case so that people who have printers with a large build area can print the full base. But as most people on Thingiverse have Makerbot's and other home printers I have split up the base so you can print it out in 4 parts and stick them together.
You will need to print the bottoms 1,2,3,4 once and assemble this should be easy as all you need to do is place parts in arrangement until the resemble the logo, then just add some glue to each of the parts to each other and let them dry. I recommend printing all these parts with around a 10-40% infill. These parts will not require support material.
The top half of the case is small enough to be printed in one piece on the Makerbot Replicator. This part will require support material to support the structure during printing. I also recommend printing this part with around a 10-40% infill. Once completed remove all support material from the part including the cylinders that go in to the part to help hold the part to the others.
Now it is time to fit your Pi in. Place your Pi on your completed base with the SD Card slot face out the back towards the leaf/things on the case. This may be a tight fir but it should fit someway or another. Now plug in all of your devices such as your TV, Mouse/Keyboard and even GPIO Devices.
Now that you have your Pi in the base and all of your cables attached you can now place the top of the case on. You may need to use abrasive paper to make the fit better but the top should slide over the poles on top of the base and line up with all four corners. Once you have done this you are ready to use your new unique case.
You may also want to paint the case in the colours of the original logo. I will be uploading more different/quirky cases over the next couple of months.
[Update: 28/07/12 @ 18:56 GMT] I have tried uploading this model to Shapeways but the cheapest cost they can print at is Â£938.46 and the most expensive well over Â£10,000 which is a lot so I will not be selling this model on Shapeways due to the cost.
The Pi :: Raspberry Pi Case by Gromfrog is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.
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