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Raspberry pi PC case and blade center

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Raspberry pi PC case and blade center by scratchhax Aug 21, 2015
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This is a stackable case for the raspberry pi that allows you to create a blade center type setup or you can mount one of these cases in a standard 5.25 PC mount and have a Pi in your PC. I've included an, untested, rack mount end plate that will allow you to mount this in 4U of space

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EDIT:Uploaded an plate that should allow you to mount this into a standard 19 inch rack. I don't have a rack to test this on though, so let me know if it doesn't work out.

This case prints in two pieces, the receiver and the carrier. The carrier holds the pi, the receiver holds all of the cables. The idea is to have the receiver setup with all of your accessories, power and ethernet plugged into it. The carrier can be docked and undocked and holds itself in place using the pi's usb and ethernet ports. Power is supplied via a standard molex PC power supply and a 5.5mm barrel jack from a CCTV setup. You can print multiples of these and attach them top to bottom to create a blade center of sorts. Just use the PC mounting holes and a bit of plastic to join them together. Source 123d files available in my github https://github.com/scratchhax/3DPrinting/tree/master/Blade_Center

parts required:

USB extension cables, at least 6 inches. I use these.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MXCTDTC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

5.5 mm barrel jacks from a CCTV setup. I use these.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XJ23W5Q?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01

Standard RJ45 Keystone jack

Molex 8981 male connector, I cut one off a $1 Molex to SATA power adapter.

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Dude, this is such a waste of space and plastic!

You could work harder to thin those walls, and fit multiple raspberries in a single unit (or at least more per m3!).

And extending two USB ports?? What??

worked well for my purposes. feel free to adapt it to yours.

Sorry, didn't mean to come off as dissing your design.

Just wondering why this worked best for you. Like, did you ignore plastic cost (it's low enough really, usually not worth optimisation time) and not have additional raspiberries?

no worries at all, the original idea was to get a pi into the 5.25 slot of my computer that could act as an out of band management system for things like powering the server on and off if things go wrong, monitoring temperature, controlling fans, etc. the slot isn't big enough to fit two pis with all of the connections (including hdmi) pulled to the back and a 3.5 slot wasn't available for me. The walls are thick because they need to support screws, be inside a warm computer case (I was still using PLA back then, PETG is less of a concern) and just be strong overall. I didn't end up making more then a few of these and have stopped using them since, but the model is still here in case anyone wants it.

Thanks for the context =D

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