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Pibow Enclosure for the Raspberry Pi® Model B

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Pibow Enclosure for the Raspberry Pi® Model B by pimoroni Oct 31, 2012


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This is an enclosure for the Raspberry Pi constructed from 9x 3mm layers of appropriate material.


Each layer should be approx 66mm by 99mm by 3mm thick when cut.

Black and Green lines are essential cuts

Orange lines are convenience cuts for better material release

Red and Cyan lines are etched areas, but may be 'kiss' cut for speed

The thin GPIO release section on layers 5 and 6 may warp during cutting under excessive laser heat.
Practice makes perfect.

This design may change as the design for the Raspberry Pi is refined and updated.

You can buy the case direct from us at http://pibow.com to support our work, and the development of future projects.

We've released this design under CC BY-NC-SA so those with access to tools can make their own Pibow and learn from the design to make exciting new things themselves.

We've gone for non-commercial for now to protect our business from clones. Yes, we know we're not hardcore enough :)

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Do you plan on modeling one for the A+?

Is is possible to release an .SVG version for use with Inkscape? I need to re-arrange to fit my laser cutter bed.

Any updates for the B+ version?

Can you upload a file for laser cutting? That'd be awesome.

That's what both of the existing files are for. I'm not sure what software you print from, but it should be able to import an AI or PDF.

Looks fantastic! Is that 3mm material (~0.118")?

will the RPI A version case be uploaded?

Is it possible to get a version with dimensions on so that I can redesign it using a file format that I can then laser-cut. Thanks

="albill:disqus" href="http://disqus.com/albill/Al Billings, Pimoroni have recommended 30 mm M3 nylon screws and nuts in the past. I think McMaster 95280A132 and 93800A116 look about right, but haven't tested that. http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=215350#p215350http://www.raspberrypi.org/php...

Looks awesome :/ much better than my 3d printed one...

I made four rods with caps to fill the holes for the nylon screws. They are at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:38853http://www.thingiverse.com/thi....

Pibow Raspbery PI Enclosure Screw Hole Rod and Cap
by albill

It isn't written here or on your site. What size are the nylon screws you are using?

First of all thanks for (finally) uploading your design! It's really nice!

In my experience (Vienna/Austria) it can be quite hard to source acrylic in normal quantities for a reasonable price (as an individual) - getting all the original pibow colours without spending a fortune and having a lot of spare acrylic in the end seems impossible to me ;)

doesn't matter to me since I already have an enclosure for my pi - and when I finally get around to playing with GPIO and attaching some non-USB / DIY peripherals, I will adapt a pibow and print it in clear acrylic anyway (I like to see my PCB, hehe).

one small nitpick, I think the engraving for the ethernet LED is wrong (the text on the pi itself is/was also wrong) - it should say 100M, not 10M, shouldn't it?

Felin danke Calavera :-) Sorry it took so long.

The Ethernet says plain '100' now to be clearer about the speed (10M was totally wrong). Will think about adding the full 100M, but it makes that line much wider, which I dislike :-)

See if there are school/hobby suppliers who do multipacks of coloured acrylic like this, then the cost is less, especially if you split it with friends: 


Clear still looks good, and we can recommend fluorescent colours too.

Thanks for caring about the project.


  • Paul.

Thanks AuntDaisy. We hope people will use it to make cool hacks for their Pibow, and get creative :-)