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Pibow Enclosure for the Raspberry Pi® Model B

by pimoroni, published

Pibow Enclosure for the Raspberry Pi® Model B by pimoroni Oct 31, 2012

Description

This is an enclosure for the Raspberry Pi constructed from 9x 3mm layers of appropriate material.

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That's what both of the existing files are for. I'm not sure what software you print from, but it should be able to import an AI or PDF.

Can you upload a file for laser cutting? That'd be awesome.

Looks fantastic! Is that 3mm material (~0.118")?

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Instructions

Each layer should be approx 66mm by 99mm by 3mm thick when cut.

Black and Green lines are essential cuts

Orange lines are convenience cuts for better material release

Red and Cyan lines are etched areas, but may be 'kiss' cut for speed

The thin GPIO release section on layers 5 and 6 may warp during cutting under excessive laser heat.
Practice makes perfect.

This design may change as the design for the Raspberry Pi is refined and updated.

You can buy the case direct from us at pibow.com to support our work, and the development of future projects.

We've released this design under CC BY-NC-SA so those with access to tools can make their own Pibow and learn from the design to make exciting new things themselves.

We've gone for non-commercial for now to protect our business from clones. Yes, we know we're not hardcore enough :)

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tgramith11 on Dec 16, 2013 said:

Can you upload a file for laser cutting? That'd be awesome.

marsman12019 on Dec 21, 2013 said:

That's what both of the existing files are for. I'm not sure what software you print from, but it should be able to import an AI or PDF.

Shandley on Dec 13, 2013 said:

Looks fantastic! Is that 3mm material (~0.118")?

cae2100 on Dec 7, 2013 said:

will the RPI A version case be uploaded?

Rauwomos on Oct 30, 2013 said:

Is it possible to get a version with dimensions on so that I can redesign it using a file format that I can then laser-cut. Thanks

Chinasaur on Jul 1, 2013 said:

Al Billings, Pimoroni have recommended 30 mm M3 nylon screws and nuts in the past. I think McMaster 95280A132 and 93800A116 look about right, but haven't tested that. http://www.raspberrypi.org/php...

eried on Apr 11, 2013 said:

Looks awesome :/ much better than my 3d printed one...

Anonymous on Dec 22, 2012 said:

I made four rods with caps to fill the holes for the nylon screws. They are at http://www.thingiverse.com/thi....

Anonymous on Dec 21, 2012 said:

It isn't written here or on your site. What size are the nylon screws you are using?

Calavera on Oct 31, 2012 said:

First of all thanks for (finally) uploading your design! It's really nice!

In my experience (Vienna/Austria) it can be quite hard to source acrylic in normal quantities for a reasonable price (as an individual) - getting all the original pibow colours without spending a fortune and having a lot of spare acrylic in the end seems impossible to me ;)

doesn't matter to me since I already have an enclosure for my pi - and when I finally get around to playing with GPIO and attaching some non-USB / DIY peripherals, I will adapt a pibow and print it in clear acrylic anyway (I like to see my PCB, hehe).

one small nitpick, I think the engraving for the ethernet LED is wrong (the text on the pi itself is/was also wrong) - it should say 100M, not 10M, shouldn't it?

pimoroni on Oct 31, 2012 said:

Felin danke Calavera :-) Sorry it took so long.

The Ethernet says plain '100' now to be clearer about the speed (10M was totally wrong). Will think about adding the full 100M, but it makes that line much wider, which I dislike :-)

See if there are school/hobby suppliers who do multipacks of coloured acrylic like this, then the cost is less, especially if you split it with friends: 

http://www.kitronik.co.uk/prod...

Clear still looks good, and we can recommend fluorescent colours too.

Thanks for caring about the project.

Ciao!

- Paul.

AuntDaisy on Oct 31, 2012 said:

Beautiful design - saw it on Maplin ( http://www.maplin.co.uk/pibow-... ). Appreciate you sharing it.

pimoroni on Oct 31, 2012 said:

Thanks AuntDaisy. We hope people will use it to make cool hacks for their Pibow, and get creative :-)

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