Raspberry Pi Zero Case - Snapfit, Screwless, inc. camera slot

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Raspberry Pi Zero Case - Snapfit, Screwless, inc. camera slot by DotNetWorker Dec 2, 2015
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Raspberry Pi Zero Case

  • Compatible with old & newer Pi Zero & Pi Zero W (includes a camera ribbon slot)
  • Snap fit design - no screws required.
  • "Coin slot" provided to prise lid open.
  • Easy to insert the Pi into the case
  • Screw Hole case for screwing through back of case for mounting
  • Vented lids to let Pi breath
  • Small IO & larger IDE style connector slot version
  • Extra deep version is for use with IO port connector soldered to board, thus needing room for pins to stick out under the board.

If using the internal screw holes, ensure the screw head is not going to short against the Pi, I'd recommend some electrical insulation tape over the top of the screw heads before mounting the Pi for peace of mind.

Note: You may need tweezers or fine nose pliers to take out the SD card once inserted, design compromise to keep the design simple and neat.

The Pi is very snug in its case to keep the footprint to smallest I could.
Feed camera ribbon through slot and insert into Pi, then lower Pi into place.

Download all files as zip to see full filenames and for a full kit of parts!

Note: OctoPi sticker is intended to be printed and stuck to front of one of the vented cases, or whatever else you want...

Version History
03 Dec 2015 - Added V1 vented lid.
03 Dec 2015 - Added V2 shell with smaller PCB pegs,
04 Dec 2015 - Added V2 vented lid with better pegs
04 Dec 2015 - Added V2 non vented lid with better pegs
05 Dec 2015 - Updated shell to V3 to correct one peg that was undersize
29 Dec 2015 - Added V3 with internal mounting holes
08 May 2016 - Added vented lid with small & large IO slot
30 Dec 2016 - Added V4 with camera slot and improvements to make it easier to insert the Pi into the case also added mounting holes in a variant of V4
01 July 2017 - Noticed a problem on basic vented lid rounding of vents, corrected with new version
03 July 2017 - Uploaded all files again with new smarter names
26 Dec 2017 - Added RPi Logo Version - please check for TradeMark restrictions https://www.raspberrypi.org/trademark-rules/
Added extra deep version
28 Dec 2017 - Added OctoPi stick on

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Have my ocotoprint server running in this with a Pi Zero W. I really like it, and assortment of options for both top and bottom make this a very versatile collection. Thanks DotNetWorker!

This design is too tight for Pi 0 W: microsd once inserted cannot be removed (not enough space for a finger nail) + hard to put the short camera cable

I find my long nose pliers or my tweezers work well for getting the SD out. I don't find it that difficult though - perhaps your bridging of the slot has drooped. The case is not really for prototyping and more for fixed applications - since putting my SD in my Pi 0 W I don't think I've taken it back out - on my 3D printer...
Camera cable is more fiddly than I'd like but keeps the case small and simple to print.

This so far is my favorite Pi Zero case; I've printed 2 this weekend (1 for a regular Zero & 1 for a Zero W), and works great with both!


The picture shows a lid without specific gap for the GPIO pins. But, the download has many files (old versions included?), and one of them (Pi_Zero_Case_v2_ventedLid-updated.stl) is zero bytes. Which file/files should I use for the newest version? Conflicting file name schemes make it a bit hard to figure out. :-)


Thingiverse creates the ZIP, looks like it failed here as the direct link on the page worked, however zip version was zero byte.
This has evolved over time, so has got messy. I've removed the original downloads and renamed everything to make it clear and tidied up the description too. Thanks for the motivation to sort it all out!

Thanks! I hadn't found the "Thing Files" to look at them individually until now. Always just clicked the big blue button.

Thanks for the update! I look forward to seeing how the print comes out...

Does it work with the Zero W

Yes it works with Zero W - this is an example of a make that uses it.

Raspberry Pi Zero Case - Snapfit, Screwless, inc. camera slot

Dec 2016 and I've just added Version 4 case that is compatible with previous lids.
This version makes it a little easier to get the Pi into the case.
This version allows use of the camera ribbon cable added to the newer Pi Zeros.

Just for others: not the best design for PETG. The small snap buttons are too easily deformed with PETG. I like the design, but just didn't work for me.

I have now added the IO slot version.

I like the basic design here. The snapfit lid works well and it is easy to get the Pi Zero in and out without damaging it. I especially like the countersunk holes for mounting the case to something. The two things that don't work for me is you haven't provided any indentation around the connector hole to account for the molding that typically surrounds most cabled connectors. None of the 3 mini-HDMI adapters/cables I have will seat properly due to this and I lose video signal if the cable gets bumped at all. You might also want to make a lid with a cutout for a 40 pin cable as a lot of people are going to be using the Pi Zero for embedded IOT type applications.

Thanks for the feedback.
When I set out to design it, I was expecting to need to indent the connector holes, but found that on the set of leads I was using they fitted perfectly without any indent. I would be interested in how many mm exactly your connector is from tip to plastic moulding and I'll see what I can do.

The 40 way access is something I'm aware of as a requirement, I'll sort that one out too.

They were given away on the MagPi magazine cover.
Keep an eye on twitter for where is getting them in, I expect demand to be higher than supply for a little while.

where you buy pi zero?

http://cpc.farnell.com/ are a supplier but they don't currently have stock