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Raspberry Pi Desktop Tower Case

by joeyC, published

Raspberry Pi Desktop Tower Case by joeyC May 11, 2017

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I setup a Raspberry Pi 3 to experiment with ROS, OpenCV, and whatever else I felt like looking into, and I wanted a desktop case for it. I started trying to duplicate the look of the Intel NUC stuff, but ended up doing a "micro" version of a desktop PC tower case.

The basic specs for the setup are:

  1. Raspberry Pi 3 with WD Pi drive (314GB) as the boot disk. (No SD card at all)
  2. Pi camera
  3. Adafruit audio amp driving stereo speakers (Okay, they are a bit close together.)
  4. Pi and HD LED's moved to the front panel.
  5. Adafruit 128x64 OLED display and four buttons. Used for menu system to start stuff, show status, and reboot/shutdown system.
  6. All Pi USB & Ethernet ports brought out to panel mount sockets.
  7. Pi serial console port connected to USB serial adapter on back panel.
  8. Variable speed cooling fan, speed based on CPU temp.
  9. Raspberry Pi logo on case side.
  10. Clear removable window on other case side.

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.3mm 2 extra shells




The Pi logo overlay is printed at .2mm with 1 extra shell and 20% infill. All the other pieces as above.


Needed Parts

  1. Raspberry Pi 3 with WD Pi drive and camera
  2. 6" USB cable for Pi drive: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812423073
  3. 12" USB to panel mount: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200475
  4. Two 6" USB tp anel mount: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812228774
  5. Adafruit Perma-Proto HAT for Pi: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2310
  6. Adafruit 1.3" 128x64 OLED display: https://www.adafruit.com/product/938
  7. Adafruit Stacking Header: https://www.adafruit.com/product/1979
  8. Adafruit stereo amp: https://www.adafruit.com/product/1552
  9. Adafruit 12" F-F jumper wires: https://www.adafruit.com/product/793
  10. Adafruit 6" F-F jumper wires: https://www.adafruit.com/product/266
  11. Adafruit RtAng 3.5mm Stereo to Pigtail: https://www.adafruit.com/product/1700
  12. 6 pcs 3mm x 10mm cap screws (To attach USB panel mounts)
  13. 25 pcs #2 x 3/8" screws (To assemble case & Pi/drive mounts.
  14. 8 pcs #2 x 14" screws for display and Pi
  15. 4 pcs #1 x 1/4" screws to mount the camera
  16. 4 pcs #2 x 1/2" screws to mount the feet
  17. 4 pcs #1 x 3/8" screws to mount the fan (Can use hot glue)
  18. FTDI UM232R USB to serial module (For Pi serial console): https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/ftdi-future-technology-devices-international-ltd/UM232R/768-1019-ND/1836397
  19. 5" of CAT5 cable
  20. Crimp on RJ45: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ideal-RJ-45-8-Position-8-Contact-Category-5e-Modular-Plugs-25-per-Card-85-346/100012932
  21. RJ45 wall plate jack: http://www.homedepot.com/p/CE-TECH-Category-5e-Jack-White-10-Pack-5025-WH-10/204410618
  22. Two 29mm Mini speakers: https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-8-ohm-mini-speaker
  23. Four SMT switches: https://www.radioshack.com/products/spst-12vdc-smt-tact-switch-1
    24: 5V 40mmx10.5mm fan: https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/orion-fans/OD4010-05MB/1053-1202-ND/2621107
  24. P2N2222A NPN transistor, or equivalent.
  25. 1.5K 1/4W resistor, leaded.
  26. 1N4001 Diode
  27. .1" header socket: https://www.adafruit.com/product/598


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awesome design. do you have a youtube vid or anything showing this thing off?

Sorry, just the pictures you see.

You Should Print a "NVIDIA Geforce Founder Edition" to give it the final touch. https://www.thingiverse.com/make:333174

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Looks good - I'd like to make an Orange Pi version sometime!

Many Thanks For Great Project Please Share Step By Step Guide

Jesus, this is super cool!

Thank you.

So can you talk with you device?

You can plug a USB mic into the jack in the front.

clever, really like this!

Looks very cool, great job!