3D print your custom Raspberry Pi case! Here are the coolest Raspberry Pi cases to 3D print for Rasberry Pi 3, 2 and 1.
Launched in 2012, the Raspberry Pi is a computer the size of a credit-card, powered by an ARM processor and enough connectivity for a range of applications. And because it’s incredibly cheap, learning about computer science has never been more accessible or affordable.
Part of the “back to basics” charm is that it doesn’t come packaged in a fancy case. It’s just a circuit board with soldered components and ports, naked as the day as it was born.
Because of this, one of the first projects people begin with their new computer is not to plug it in and switch it on, but to build a Raspberry Pi case.Check Raspberry Pi 3 price:
Are all Pis are created equal? Unfortunately, they aren’t. Currently, there are three Raspberry Pi case categories.
Now it’s time to outfit that fruity little computer in style.
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One of the primary (and coolest) uses for a Pi; a dedicated emulator for those classic 8-bit games of yesteryear. So hey, wrap that sucker up in a Nintendo Entertainment System shell (or something very close to it). Stuff a Pi 3 in there, so you have enough power for all the emulators.
Who made it: Francis Brown
The ButterPi is the most complex design listed here. That flat key you see on the top of the case? When it’s pulled back, two wings of the case pop open to reveal the board inside. The elaborate grooves on the case provide all round ventilation, whilst still protecting the precious cargo inside.
Who made it: Chuck Stover
Where to get it: Shapeways Purchase
Look here, a DIY Raspberry Pi case that cranks up the raspberryness all the way up to 11. Gawp in wonder at this seemingly random collection of raspberries, ripe with color, as they form a complete enclosure around the budget computer.
Who made it: Cody Reisdorf
Where to get it: i.Materialise Purchase
This design is rather special. It’s a modification of the Astro Pi Flight Case made for ESA astronaut Tim Peake when he took a Pi into space. Though originally constructed from CNC milled aluminum, you can now 3D print a modified version of your very own.
Who made it: David Honess
Where to get it: Raspberry Pi Blog.
Yet another Fallout-inspired Raspberry Pi case: This case has a great steampunk feel to it. You can add a LCD monitor or plug in an external one . Download and print from MyMiniFactory.
This Wave case for Raspberry Pi just looks great. It was made by french design studio Lembicz Design and can be downloaded from Cults 3D.
This custom Raspberry Pi case is a vintage-style, minimal-sized enclosure. It looks great – and if you add an additional Arduino, you can turn this design into a fully functional internet radio. Careful though: This is a project for experienced makers.
Who made it: Guilherme Schallenbach
Where to get it: Pinshape
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