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piNES

by TBSkinner, published

piNES by TBSkinner Jul 26, 2013
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This is a case for a Raspberry pi in the shape of an NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). It was inspired by the Mini (NES). It is designed to have a functioning lid that allows access to the SD card of the RasPi. I don't have a working 3d printer yet or a RasPi so I can not vouch for how well it will print. Give it a try and let me know if it works.

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Any suggestions for printing setting?

I think with shells at 2 this mostly prints solid because it is so thin. 10-40% in fill so the pi supports are not waisting plastic. Supports at 30 degree. Fairly standard print.

So I finally found a 3d to make this on. It came out ok... but I'm going to redesign it. The sd card sticks out the front of the door. Also the hdmi is not really accessible. I want to make it for different versions of raspberry pi's with snap in supports. Also I want to make it snap together.

Please make drawings for Pi 2.
Please make her two holes for ports demolished controllers on the front side.

Would this fit a raspberry pi b+?

Has anyone printed this? The bridges on the bottom look challenging without supports. The bridge on the top (for the door) looks impossible. I'm suddenly wishing I had a copy of solidworks to fix this up!

The door looks easiest to fix. Just have the door reach all the way down to the bottom. This won't match the NES look, but would be easy and printable. To keep the aesthetic, my suggestion would be to cut the top on halves along the grill, printing the half with the door vertically such that the plastic underneath the door prints as a column. That column would need to be thickened for this to work, but there is plenty of room for doing so and it would actually make this MORE realistic to the NES design. Screws or snap fasteners would be needed to connect these discreet horizontal sections.

As for the bottom, it would be easier to print if the cut-outs on the back and side (where video and power would connect on the original NES) were removed, rounded, or sloped at 45 degrees. Each of these would have a somewhat negative aesthetic effect, but would make this much more printable. Another alternative would be to break off the flat portion of the bottom with the RaspPi supports into a separate STL, joining it to the bottom's walls via snaps or screws. Then, the side walls can be printed separately and upside down, the port cut-outs could then have columns placed underneath or printed with supports that won't need to be removed.

It printed just fine print the parts separately and nothing needs supports

Thanks for the info on how to make it better. I have never printed anything so I don't really know how to design for it. I mostly put it out there so there was something to go off of like a rough sketch. I'll see if I can get some time to implement your suggestions. I was going to put snaps on it but didn't know what worked.

Now that i look closer, i would have liked it better if it was open in the back so that the sd was acessable through there, so that the power cable isnt running to the back, and the usb (controllers/keyboard/mouse) are running around to the front,

Looks really cool, doesn't look like there is a hole for an HDMI though is it meant to use composite connector?

I wanted the sd card slot to be where the door flips open... So most of the connectors could not be ported to the outside of the case. however there is enough room to put a cable extension to one of the 2 flat spots. When I end up making it I was going to port both the hdmi and power to the back of the unit, to the flat spot.

I bet it wouldnt be difficult to get this thing up and running. how awesome would that be. lol

Can you just do several people a favor and flip Lid.stl upside-down? That will make it print - able.

I tried flipping everything in my program and it didn't seem to help.

Which raspberry pi was this made for? model a or b?

The model I have says B. Its the only one I could find as well done. its 85mm x 56mm.

where did you get the dimensions to make the supports?

I made them up based off a CAD model of the Raspberry Pi. I put the model inside the enclosure and set it to the height that I wanted and then extruded from the floor. I then merged the parts as one.

where did you get the CAD model of raspberry pi? i downloaded your CAD file of the NES, but the pi doesnt come with it

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