So I was lucky enough to pick up one of the first Raspberry Pi Zeros before they went out of stock (and have been that way ever since). I thought the idea of a $5 computer was so cool I wanted to make a special case for it. I have a small CNC milling machine and am always looking for something to practice on.
I wanted to make a case from metal, and even if it doesn't really need it, I thought I could have a pad on the top touch the processor (with a little heat paste) to turn the case into a big heatsink. Few metals beat copper when it comes to conducting heat, and copper has such a nice warm color, so copper it was...
I thought about the design here and there for a few months before deciding last week to get off the dime already! I'll put together a page with some in-progress photos, but here's how it turned out. I still haven't decided how to protect it, copper tarnishes so quickly, but for now, the polish I used contains carnauba wax and silicon polymer, so I'll see how it holds up before deciding on something else.
Hope you like it.
Here's a link to larger photos: http://www.chris3d.com/pix/PiCase/picase_finished.jpg
Here's a quick page with more photos and some info: http://www.chris3d.com/copperpi/
And here's a little video clip of the case: https://youtu.be/lj0Legwb1dk
Update: Just make another version, this time for the v1.3 Zero with the camera connector and in aluminum. Just in time for the W to be released, rendering fully metal cases moot!
Here's a link to a high-res photo: http://www.chris3d.com/copperpi/images/AlumaPi.jpg