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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:45 pm

Design update:





Just now I realized that there are some LEDs, so maybe some corrections are necessary.

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Re: Concept for a case

Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:16 pm

If the case was made by a 3D printer, perhaps it's possible to make it in one piece, placing the board inside halfway through the print?

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Re: Concept for a case

Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:37 pm

pdr said:


If the case was made by a 3D printer, perhaps it's possible to make it in one piece, placing the board inside halfway through the print?



I think that for a bigger production, some approach along the following lines would be more suitable

- 2 parts plastic casting (or 3D print)

- Trimming

- Epoxy junction

- Sanding

- Primer + liquid painting

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Re: Concept for a case

Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:07 pm

I like the lego option as mentioned in the RPi blog. Will probably knock something up like that.

Or, if I can find a Raspberry tin or large plastic raspberry I can put on a wire stand and mount the sucker in it. That would be cool.

Other ideas for quirkiness...

http://www.google.co.uk/search.....38;bih=846

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Re: Concept for a case

Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:26 pm

hi there, just joined the forum, was wondering if it would be an idea to use an external hard drive enclosure as a Raspberry PI case, because their are so many styles and sizes. It would still have enough room to add a usb hub (Holes would obviously have to be cut out) and prices range from a few pounds.

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Re: Concept for a case

Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:39 am

I was thinking of using one of those plastic / polythene boxes pre-recorded VHS Tapes used to come with (In my case – excuse the pun – size doesn't matter). I'm sure loads of kids / their parents will have one or two which could be 'liberated'.

Plenty of room for a Battery Pack, USB Hub, WiFi Dongle etc, cheap (I must have a couple of hundered in the attic), simple to chop about, non-metalic, reasonably rugged and easy to get into if the need arises. Slide a small solar panel into the front or back pocket to re-charge the battery pack, and Bob's your Uncle.

I'm going to call it a 'Punnet' (Portable Unit Needing No Engineering Talent)

EDIT: I was also thinking about super gluing a couple of Cable Ties to the base of the case and use those to secure the PCB – I'm not sure that will work, so will have to wait until I can get my hands on a Raspberry !

Blue Peter eat your heart out (LOL)

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Re: Concept for a case

Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:57 pm

Design update:







I reduced the height to minimum, and I added some supports to make it stand out from the floor. Some apertures on the back should help air cooling.

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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:02 pm

I definitely like this case design - any chance of a white one?
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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:09 pm

a neutral colour would allow people to paint/customise theirs however they saw fit

I definately like the design though, nice work Marco

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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:56 pm

SneakerMonkey said:


a neutral colour would allow people to paint/customise theirs however they saw fit


tawalker said:


I definitely like this case design – any chance of a white one?


Thank you.

Here you are.



I'm planning to make it available for 3D printing on Shapeways, where you can choose different colours, as soon as I have it completed and I can test it with a real sample of the board. It should be around 30€/35$.

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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:16 pm

Are you planning to upload the CAD file too? if yes, in which format? stl?

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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:18 pm

I've just seen the white one and i don't like ist ... I LOVE IT!

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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:24 pm

White one looks very good....

How does the bottom look like ?

Your rca connector is probably too low, take a look at Gerts measurements

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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:49 pm

Indeed the white one looks very good.

You could consider adding little guidance rails on top that the botom of an other would fit on top and not slide of

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:38 am

HansH said:

Your rca connector is probably too low, take a look at Gerts measurements

Hi,
You can download my 3D model of the board here on my blog.

I remarked there that it can be different from the real one. I planned to update the dimensions as soon as I have a real board to measure.
I have to complain that the component seem not be chosen with the mechanical issues in mind: there are RCA and audio connector that have the same distance PCB-axis (as I did in my model), it would have simplified the design of the case.

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:29 am

Love this case. I'd defo buy one if it all fits properly.

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:33 pm

MarcoA said:


tawalker said:

I definitely like this case design – any chance of a white one?


Thank you.

Here you are.



I"m planning to make it available for 3D printing on Shapeways, where you can choose different colours, as soon as I have it completed and I can test it with a real sample of the board. It should be around 30€/35$.


Perfect! I especially like the logo on the top
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Re: Concept for a case

Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:48 pm

Update. I added the light guides.




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Re: Concept for a case

Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:05 am

Need to bring out the GPIO ("User Port" for those who can remember the PET.)  Maybe a hatch or cut-out to get at the non-existent GPIO header.

BTW "rurwin" - which part of the East Midlands are you? I am Derby.
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Re: Concept for a case

Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:53 pm

Need to bring out the GPIO ("User Port" for those who can remember the PET.)  Maybe a hatch or cut-out to get at the non-existent GPIO header.

I was about asking the same – a GPIO port is needed, with some hatch, it will be just perfect case.

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Re: Concept for a case

Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:52 pm

I think this is a great looking case, Marco!  Ferrari Red is a nice touch  But I'd probably go with a nice silver tone myself.  Maybe even black.  Of the few cases I've seen, I like this one the best.  Not so 4th gen "iPoddy" with white rounded edges ... so 2006ish.

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:11 pm

I just want to take a second to thank Marco for putting together this beautiful case.

I appreciate the work and consideration that you put into it.

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:10 pm

A few things I'd personally like to see…

- Holes on the bottom so it can be screwed or mounted to something

- a VESA adapter, so you can put it on the back of your TV = smart TV

- Maybe the ability to stack/clip together

- I'm not sure how you've mounted the board inside, but as there are no holes on the board you'll need to make sure it's secure

- Transparent / opaque case

- A flap or slot so you can get at the SD card

Just a few ideas to consider, but really like the design of the case!

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Re: Concept for a case

Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:33 am

Well, I been looking today In Maplins (UK). There are plenty of pre formed cases available for around £3. You just need to locate and drill the holes for the ports.

As for the mounting holes, not a problem.....blue tack, window sealant or some other no perm adhesive.

Also...there is some really nice thermo plastic out there that melts at 60c comes in bead form, you just heat it in some hot water...take it out and mold it to the shape you want. i've used it on other projects, and the end result looks really narly and organic like. Keeps the dust off, but does not look like something you would buy.

Great fun!

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Re: Concept for a case

Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:27 pm

This really looks good.

An idea for mounting the board could be a combination of small plastic pillars for the board to stand on, and a "clip" system. You have probably all seen these. They are used a lot of places. The top is cut at an angle, making it possible to click in the board. Having these on all four sides makes it persistent to pull and push from connectors. The pillars (along with the clips) in the bottom makes it stable for vertical push and pull.

I have made a small sketch of the concept.


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