Universal Outernet Case for the DIY Kit (Any elevation angle)

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Universal Outernet Case for the DIY Kit (Any elevation angle) by Tysonpower Apr 2, 2017

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This is a 3D printable case for the Outernet DIY kit. It can be used for any satellite elevation angle. The Case is 15,3cm (6") tall, 13.6cm (5.35") wide and 4.4cm (1.73) thick.

The SDRx and CHIP mini pc can be screwed to the main part of the Case. They will be connected to each other over a short usb cable (micro usb to Type A / charging cable).The Patch Antenna just slides into the case. The Stand is screwed into the two m3 nuts that are placed in the main case. The elevation angle will be set trough tightening the scrwes after positioning the case in the right angle.

Discussion and any suggestions on the Outernet forum: Universal 3D printable case

You need the following additional parts:

  • two m3 screws and nuts
  • two micro usb cables (short ones will work)
  • micro usb extension (optional for a socket in the back, replaces one usb cable)
  • 30mm 5v fan (optional for cooling)
  • a sheet of plexiglass or acrylic (optional, 130x125mm 4mm thick or less)

Print Settings


Zonestar D810










All parts are already oriented like they should be.

Take a look at the positioning in thingiview to check the orientation before printing to be on the save side.


Build instructions

  1. Insert the two m3 nuts into the main case and mount the stand with two m3 screws to the Main case
  2. Mount the SDRx and CHIP in the Main case with m3 screws
  3. Connect both of them with the USB cable and plugin the power cable to the CHIP
  4. Connect the Patch Antenna and slide it in
  5. Mount the fan in the Back Covor and install it on the case (optional)
  6. Use a 4mm thick plate of acryl to cover the Antenna (optional)

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Thanks for this case. I have built this using a raspberry pi 3 and was wondering if this will work with it?

Thanks again

Hello, a raspberrypi will not fit into the case i think. It's made for the CHIP so there is not a lot of room.

Also: The Software of Outernet is made for CHIP. There is no recent RPI image.



I just built mine using the available Raspberry pi image, so far so good. Good thing you replied, I was just about to send the files to the printer.

I measured the case in my CAD Programm and a RaspberryPI3 COULD fit. It will be realy tight, but it could work.

The max, dimension for the CHIP (or any other SBC) are 50x116mm. The max height is 20mm, so the pi must be smaller.

What kind of Antenna and SDR you are using?


I'm using the patch antenna with a RTL-SDR v3 and an LNA. It was working well but appears the SDR dongle over heated. Have it unplugged and will try it again when I return. My ras pi has heat sinks so will have to measure.

I used the V3 for some Months and it was working fine. If you use the v3 you ahve even more room in the case. But because of the Patchantenna, you still have a 20mm limit in height when you remove the little stands for screws. Then it should fit when you have a adapter cable from the raspberrypi to the sdr.


May 9, 2017 - Modified May 9, 2017

Dimensions are 15,3cm (6") wide x 13.6 (5.35") tall x 4.4 (1.73) thick

Hay you found them (before i was able to reply) :)
I forgot to mention them here (and in my blog post), i will add them shortly.