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Raspberry Pi Case and Cluster Files

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Raspberry Pi Case and Cluster Files by suzannejmatthews Jun 22, 2015
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This is a case designed for the Raspberry Pi B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 computer. The case is entirely passively cooled. You can print 2 base boards and four outside locks to create a case for a single Raspberry Pi, or use a combination of the baseboards and locks to connect a number of units together to form a Beowulf cluster of your chosen size.

This case design was originally designed for my Parallel computing course. I never ended up using the files for the course, since the Parallella board became available to purchase last July (see my other contribution for Parallella case files). We did use this design to create a 21 node raspberry pi cluster (pictured), which two of my students have used for independent study work . Neither student reported any issues with the cluster overheating.

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The case was co-designed by Suzanne J. Matthews and William ("Frank") Blackmon.

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Definitely using this, will post the make when its done.

Excellent! Let me know how it goes! To ensure a smooth fit, you may want to adjust the quality of the printing of your parts. I have found that printing the connectors on the highest setting (smoothest finish) can cause them to fall out of the holes. We print the the connectors a little coarser than the base boards. It's worth experimenting with your settings to figure out what works best.

Any idea what type of screws you used to fasten the Pis down with?

They are pan-head machine screws, approximately 1/4" long, with a screw diameter of 1/16". I believe corresponds to a #0 or #0-80 in US machine screw size.The head diameter of my screws is 3/16", in case you are curious about that too.

Thank you! I've just tried to reupload the file. Please let me know if you still run into issues.

-Suzanne

Jun 22, 2015 - Modified Jun 22, 2015

hey, the case file did not upload succesfully?
cool design!

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