DIY Simple Raspberry Pi case


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by Widdershins » Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:41 am
First post!

Here's a simple case design I came up with along with a short written guide:

http://www.thepixelpump.com/widdershins ... i-case.php

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by Widdershins » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:51 am
I've added some updates to this guide.

Its uses parts you can find at most hardware/gardening stores. The acrylic can be swapped for any rigid sheet material probably even heavy card.

Hullo to all Pi fans btw!
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by IanK » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:21 am
What a brilliant idea, thanks :D :D :D
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by simplesi » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:22 am
Looks great but what are retic'/irrigation riser tubes? :)
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by campi » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:23 pm
I suppose they are found mostly in arid regions - see this Australian site http://www.perthirrigation.com.au/subca ... AND+RISERS

Probably not stocked anywhere in the UK.

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by castalla » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:28 pm
Just type 'riser' in amazon.co.uk for a start!

Most garden centres will have plastic irrigation tubes.
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by Widdershins » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:12 am
Sorry, I guess you guys in England don't need reticulation. :D

Here in Australia (the driest continent on the planet) we usually have some sort of piped water system to keep our gardens alive through the summer. Otherwise it all gets a bit crispy.

Riser tubes are small (4mm inner diameter) pipes that feed water to spray nozzles. They are usually made from some durable UV resistant plastic like PP and are inexpensive and found at any garden centre. I like to use them and all the various adapters as building materials for projects.

example link: http://www.townandcountrypumpsandpipes.com.au/micro.htm
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by alias_neo » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:34 pm
Widdershins wrote:Sorry, I guess you guys in England don't need reticulation. :D

Here in Australia (the driest continent on the planet) we usually have some sort of piped water system to keep our gardens alive through the summer. Otherwise it all gets a bit crispy.

Riser tubes are small (4mm inner diameter) pipes that feed water to spray nozzles. They are usually made from some durable UV resistant plastic like PP and are inexpensive and found at any garden centre. I like to use them and all the various adapters as building materials for projects.

example link: http://www.townandcountrypumpsandpipes.com.au/micro.htm


They are most certainly available in the UK, my grandad uses them to water most of his garden. I believe (but I may be wrong) that they are from Hazelock, I base this on the fact that the rest of the hardware for the garden watering has that Hazelock distinctive orange/gray colour combination.
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by Multisaft7 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:24 am
can anyone tell me where I can buy these pipes in Germany or in a German Webshop?
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by Widdershins » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:54 am
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by Multisaft7 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:53 am
no not really but thx ;)

i found something like that

http://www.conrad.de/ce/de/product/5216 ... 0&ref=list

What about a homemade case where is close? is this easy or not and how should i combine the plates? glue?
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by Widdershins » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:47 am
Those are what is usually used, but the Pi doesnt have mounting holes. :(
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by Multisaft7 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:59 am
sure but i can make little cubes of acryl for the corners with indentation or?
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by Widdershins » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:26 am
You can get nylon stand-offs.
Which you could drill and use in much the same way as the irrigation tube in my guide.

http://www.keyelco.com/products/metric- ... egoryID=98

Like this:
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by Wanderlei » Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:35 am
This is excellent.

I am gonna go to Bunning and see if I can replicate it. Usually with these types of things, my end product never ends up looking like the one from the picture:)
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by Widdershins » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:02 am
Good luck Wanderlei!

Btw I think Bunnings also stocks acrylic (in large 1sqm+ sheets). If that's too expensive you could cut flat sections from the sides and lid of a small storage tub - not as transparent as acrylic but cheap. ;)
Or try Kmart for a cheap (plastic - not glass) photo frame?
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by WPrototypes » Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:46 am
Great idea to clone!
In local shops I bought:
    300x110x4 sheet of acrylic glass (PMMA) - $1.02,
    8x1000 polyoxymethylene (POM) rod - $1.08,
    8 screws M4x12 - $0.01 each.
I managed to divide the acrylic sheet into smaller pieces just with a knife and an edge of a table.

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by mendicantmonkey » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:24 am
This basic concept is very flexible. You can fasten together any two sheets of rigid material with four posts that have slots cut into them for the board. If you can work metal you could do this with brass sheet and tubing; if you have only wood you can do it with plywood and dowels. If you're really desperate, two sheets of cardboard and sturdy drinking straws. :)

Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, you could probably build a variant of this with less than a dozen Popsicle sticks by using frames instead of rigid sheets.
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by Widdershins » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:23 am
Excellent work WPrototypes!

The corner slot in your post looks really tidy, what did you use to cut it out?

@ mendicantmonkey

Hmm frame instead of sheets...
Ver2.0? :D
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by WPrototypes » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:24 pm
Widdershins: “The corner slot in your post looks really tidy, what did you use to cut it out?”

Having a milling cutter, which is about 2 mm in diameter, I put it in a drilling machine and then rotated the post back and forth to widen a hole into a slot.
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by jer3my » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:30 am
Nice! I did about the same thing, Except for my pillars or whatever you want to call them, I used air line that's found on a Semi-Truck, same concept and it works. XD
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by dannyk6 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:10 am
Thanks for the idea. Made the same type of thing out of a piece of wood and some dowel.

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by Widdershins » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:38 am
I like the wooden one = Solid!+++

Who needs mounting holes when you have corners. :D
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by jakoblerche » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:12 am
So simple yet so smart! Really good use of the existing "things" in the case instead of using glue/swres to make it fit nicely
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by Widdershins » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:58 am
Thanks jakoblerche,

I like minimal & elegant solutions.
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