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Mini(er) NES Raspberry Pi ZERO Case

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Mini(er) NES Raspberry Pi ZERO Case by daftmike Aug 29, 2016



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This is a quick version of my Mini NES case made for the Raspberry Pi Zero.

It is still a work-in-progress that I'll be developing more after my first Mini NES project is complete.

For now it's functional but not quite as refined as I'd like, I just thought I post it up for anyone interested to try out.

It shares a lot in common with my first Mini NES, I wrote about it here.

More details/instructions coming soon.

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I'd recommend printing the bottom shell in ABS or another high-temperature tolerant material.

The case is very cramped and CPU temps get up around 65C.

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are you going to make a SNES pi zero?

Nice.. I've just started working with this.. Printed only the bottom and top for now.. I'm going to skip the NFC and arduino parts and just fit some buttons to the zero when they show up..
I didn't want to screw the Pi Zero W down, so I just added 2 rectangular shapes to the bottom tray and the zero snaps in pretty tightly. The USB ports hold it in on the back side, and the rectangles on the other.
I'll upload some pics when I'm done. Thanx again!!

PayPal sent. As a software engineer who has made open software before, and as someone who can't make 3D designs I thank you. I am also giving you coffee money. Thanks for what you do, I tip my hat to you. Curtis

Thank you for the awesome idea and the printing files.
It would be cool to have the code you used and a link to the stuff you bought here too. I found everything trought google and made some of the code by myself, but not everyone is a programmer :)

I will post my code and images as soon as iam completely done with my mini nes :) (Still waiting for stuff coming from great britain)

Thanks that's awesome looking forward to it.

Love this and love the mini nes please make more lol and can you make a tutorial on how to make it and get the electronics?

Are the measurements in the files in millimeter?

Is this compatible with the Pi Zero Wireless model?

I am new to this but I just want to say thank you for your work and time!

Call me an idiot, but this is my first print, and I'm having a hard time trying to get m2.5 screws into these mouting holes. Do they need to be tapped or should I use smaller screws? Which ones did you use to mount the Pi?

I used M2 6mm self-tapping screws, because they were all I had available at the time. I had to cut a bit off the ends so they didn't poke out the bottom of the case though.

I know this is a low priority until the Pi 3 version is finished, but the one nitpick I'd have about this design is that the hole on the cart tray arm is (in my experience at least) so small and needs to be supported, and the end result is that the peg that would press down on the latch mechanism just doesn't slot into place at all (tried a couple prints at this point).

Anyway, like I said, I understand it's a low priority but to me that seems like a great opportunity for refinement sometime in the future.

Yeah there are a few problems that need to be addressed with this model.
I think the cartridge arm might be able to print in one piece without support with some tweaks... something I'll try out when I can and update the files here.

And finally ;-) what did you used to power on the zero? Maybe the run pins, that reset the board, that never goes really off but only halt when power off retropie?

I used the standard micro USB power jack, it's always on whenever it's plugged in.
The arduino you can see pictured, holds the Pi's reset pin low when I want it to be 'off' and lets it go high when I want it to turn on.
This was only really meant as a quick demonstration, once I've finished my original Mini NES project I'll revisit this one and publish more details.

Perfect!!!!! I've just made one and it's awesome!!! One question: what did you used for fix the hinge of the cartridge cover?!

I use a small piece of filament, heated and stretched into a little conical pin.
It's not the best solution, it works well for my larger case but I might design something a bit better for this one later on.

Mmmm.... i was thinking about one of those little metal shaft used for fix the watch strap...

These are working well for me -> https://www.amazon.de/Unbekannt-100515-Aderendh%C3%BClsen-Streudose-unisoliert-mm2/dp/B0039XFW94/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1494748519&sr=8-5&keywords=aderendh%C3%BClse
I used the one with 0.5mm². Its a little hard to move it into placer, but it holds perfectly well (and is robust)

very very cool idea .. like to see the code of reading the nfc and so on :-D