compact Pi-TFT&A+ case

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compact Pi-TFT&A+ case by Jooxoe3i Jul 10, 2015
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compact Pi-TFT&A+ case by Jooxoe3i is licensed under the GNU - LGPL license.

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This case is build around a Raspberry Pi A+ and a Adafruit PiTFT 2.4" HAT with the main goal of being as compact/small as possible (only 17mm high! )

Inspired by Adafruits very nice Pocket PiGRRL

To achieve this the pin-sockets that came with the pitft was replaced by a cut down ic-socket and the raspberry pins where shortened - so that the pcb of the pitft sits (almost) directly on the highest components: the hdmi and usb sockets on the raspberry.


uses M3 nuts, glued into the top part (make sure to clear the round recess for the screw beforehand!)
and M3x16 countersunk screws to hold everything together

yes - the mounting holes on the raspberry and its hat are onlye 2,5mm - but they are easily widened to fit the more common screw size :-P

Note: on the pitft-pcb has a diode (D1) that is used to control the backlight via pwm. this diode hits the hdmi connector which is why i removed a bit of the metal casing to save a little bit more height :-P

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I might modify this design and put inside a raspberry pi zero, because I could maybe find room for a battery, and I wouldn't have to unsolder the GPIO pins. Although I guess you would then need to convert the mini-usb to usb. Or maybe you could add bluetooth and use a bluetooth controller. Cool design! :D

thnx :-)
would be cool to see a remix! with the additional space you could include a usb-socket (either via OTG adapter kabel, or soldered to the usb pads, since the zero exposes those)

Good idea :) I could look at doing that

Think about it, If you build a lipo and an Adafuit Power Boost 1000 C you could mount the pi on top of the controller and have a really cool portable. I know there are similar projects but you cant compete with these buttons.

i'm currently thinking about designing/creating another controller module, with mountingpoints for a cellphone "emergency-battery pack" (so two new modules) - as additions to this core block :-)

Fantastic! Your A+ is looking a lot like mine for a similar project (which will be posted once it's actually complete) where i've gone and de-soldered the GPIO pins from both the tft and the Pi, but then gone and removed the HDMI, USB socket, Display and camera connectors too...
I like the idea of using a DIP socket for the connection :)