MDF Curved Case for the Raspberry Pi

by JelleDekker, published

MDF Curved Case for the Raspberry Pi by JelleDekker Aug 30, 2012


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A laser cut, curved case for the Raspberry Pi. I started this project because I wanted to make an aesthetically pleasing case for my own Raspberry Pi. When I posted images of this case several people were so enthusiastic that I decided to develop it further and produce several for those people.

For more information, or to buy a pre-made case see: http://rpicase.jelledekker.com


So far I've made the cases using 3mm MDF, other materials (such as plywood) should also work, however if you choose a material with a different thickness you would have to change the drawings. Besides that it's as easy as laser cutting the drawing and assembling the four parts, no other tools needed.

The Illustrator file included is for Illustrator 8 and newer.

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First thing I cut after I upgraded my 40 watt chinese laser cutter with an adjustable honeycomb bed, and it fit together beautifully first time! Such a beautifull and function pi case! Thanks!

When I downloaded the SVG it was the wrong size and all the hinge-slits were skewed out of line. I tried to scale it back to the right size but I didn't get it correct. Can you perhaps provide a PDF version?

PDF version is now available.

How well does the HDMI connector work? My HDMI cable has 2.5mm of clearance when fully inserted into the Pi. The main question is how deep is the HDMI connector recessed.

Almost had a successful run at making it tonight with some 4mm Birch ply. The laser software did something funny and re-sized it too small so it fits together just right but the Pi doesn't. Looks great and I can't wait to get it re-sized and the Pi inside.

I'm curious to see how it turns out in birch ply! You do know that the original drawings are made for 3mm right?

Funny enough I totally forgot that you use 3mm material but other than a laser cutter hiccup my first try it worked great. Here's a picture: http://photos.xqn.ca/woodrasppicase/img_0002.jpg.phphttp://photos.xqn.ca/woodraspp...

Quite dark, but looks good! :)

Can  you provide the case in other file formats?

What format would you like? Maybe I can export it from illustrator?

Can you plase save it as an SVG?  I'm trying to open it in Inkscape, which has issues with older Illustrator files (on Windows 7).  Thanks!

Done! Hope it works for you.

Really liking the case! I'll post a picture when I make a new one (accidentally smashed the side in on my first cut).

I fit all the pieces into a 7"x7.5" box. It wasn't a big deal, but what's with the huge canvas on yours? :)

Huge canvas? I made it in Illustrator on an A4 artboard, or do you mean something different?

Looks great! I cut one out of 1/8" ply and it works well. One thing I'd add: The audio jack holes. They are blocked in this design.

Thanks! Can you post a photo of your plywood version, I'm curious how it turned out.

And yes indeed the analogue ports are blocked, they're behind the curve. Can be made accesible, however I preferred the curve intact since I only use the HDMI port.

What thickness material did you use?