Aluminium case


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by iwhite » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:31 am
Hello,
I've just finished with my new project "Raspberry Pi aluminium case"
Why aluminium?
Because I want to make cooling more effective with this type of material.
Soon I'll be able to sell it.
You can choose the color and decoration on the lid.
Example is with raspberry.
You can contact with me by email : actrules@gmail.com
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by TonyD » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:12 pm
Looks great. How much will they cost?
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by iwhite » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:22 pm
Hello,
Thanks :) I think the price will be about 19$.
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by tedhale » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:45 pm
A lot of people think they need more cooling on the Pi.
They are wrong.
Remember, the chips on this board were designed to run things like cell phones - no ventilation or cooling of any kind.

That said, I do like the idea of an aluminum case because I may need a "less destructible" case for hard mobile use.
Let us know when it's ready to sell.
At $19 I would buy one.
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by iwhite » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:27 pm
I stay you updated for the project...
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by cyrano » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:03 pm
Nice case!

Although I think the Raspberry logo is a bit too open. I could see myself dropping a screw in it :o
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by poing » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:55 pm
tedhale wrote:A lot of people think they need more cooling on the Pi.
They are wrong.


Look at it this way: The Pi uses about 350mA when idle and with some peripherals you're looking at 500mA. So when you'd power it with a typical 1500mA battery of a mobile phone you'd get 3 hours of usage. How long does your phone last when it's idle all the time and just keeps connected? Mine, a Nexus S, about five days.

That said, a plastic case with a few small holes will be fine, no need to use aluminium for cooling reasons. But if I put a Pi in my padded camera bag (I tried) the inside of the bag will get really warm while my phone in my trouser pocket never gets warm. You cannot compare the Pi's power consumption to a phone.
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by iwhite » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:01 pm
cyrano wrote:Nice case!

Although I think the Raspberry logo is a bit too open. I could see myself dropping a screw in it :o


Thank you, cyrano!
This is for example I can make everything with the lid. It's just to present you the project.
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by cosmo » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:04 pm
iwhite wrote:
cyrano wrote:Nice case!

Although I think the Raspberry logo is a bit too open. I could see myself dropping a screw in it :o


Thank you, cyrano!
This is for example I can make everything with the lid. It's just to present you the project.

Add a little fine mesh screening to the inside of the lid. Paint it red & green for effect!
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by iwhite » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:09 pm
poing wrote:
tedhale wrote:A lot of people think they need more cooling on the Pi.
They are wrong.


Look at it this way: The Pi uses about 350mA when idle and with some peripherals you're looking at 500mA. So when you'd power it with a typical 1500mA battery of a mobile phone you'd get 3 hours of usage. How long does your phone last when it's idle all the time and just keeps connected? Mine, a Nexus S, about five days.

That said, a plastic case with a few small holes will be fine, no need to use aluminium for cooling reasons. But if I put a Pi in my padded camera bag (I tried) the inside of the bag will get really warm while my phone in my trouser pocket never gets warm. You cannot compare the Pi's power consumption to a phone.


I sell the base of construction that's why I made the case. Everyone can make experiments with it. According to me with mini cooling fan it will freeze :)
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by iwhite » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:11 pm
cosmo wrote:
iwhite wrote:
cyrano wrote:Nice case!

Although I think the Raspberry logo is a bit too open. I could see myself dropping a screw in it :o


Thank you, cyrano!
This is for example I can make everything with the lid. It's just to present you the project.

Add a little fine mesh screening to the inside of the lid. Paint it red & green for effect!


Good idea!
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by cyrano » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:35 pm
poing wrote:That said, a plastic case with a few small holes will be fine, no need to use aluminium for cooling reasons. But if I put a Pi in my padded camera bag (I tried) the inside of the bag will get really warm while my phone in my trouser pocket never gets warm. You cannot compare the Pi's power consumption to a phone.


It does have the advantage to shield from EMI better than plastic.

Personally, I don't worry about heat. But I think some of the problems I see on the forum, might come from interference. One of the first things I plan to do, is figure out a way to measure EMI/RFI going in and out of the RPi.
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by Chapindad » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:41 am
+1 I will buy one..
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by newdendrite » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:59 am
The Raspberry Pi generates a substantial amount of RFI in the HF spectrum. There's a need for a metal enclosure that will reduce these RFI levels. Ham radio operators are using the RPi as a network server for SDR radio and they need a reasonably-priced case to provide shielding. If RF leakage from the ventilation holes is minimized, this looks like a good solution.

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by cdjaco » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:10 pm
Great looking case! I would buy one if it were priced around $19.

Also, +1 to Cosmo's idea about the mesh. I think that would really look nice.
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by rmac » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:25 am
+ 1 for me with the case at $19 and I also like the mesh idea :D
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by stuffstuff » Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:38 am
How are usb devices, hdmi, etc plugged in?
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by stuffstuff » Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:49 am
also, when will these become available?
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by iwhite » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:34 am
Hello,

The case is with holes for different ports. I hope next week will be available to purchase.

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by stuffstuff » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:41 pm
Will there be a GPIO ribbon cable slot and a plastic sheet to prevent shorts on the bottom?
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by iwhite » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:20 pm
Hello guys,

I'm ready to sell plastic cases for Raspberry Pi !!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/raspberry-pi- ... 337f6173b0

After 2-3 days will be ready with aluminium cases to sell :)

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by iwhite » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:23 pm
stuffstuff wrote:Will there be a GPIO ribbon cable slot and a plastic sheet to prevent shorts on the bottom?

According to plastic sheet YES it will have some type of material (rubber maybe) :)


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by stuffstuff » Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:19 am
When will the aluminum cases be ready?
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by iwhite » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:00 am
Hello,

I have some problems with construction, need to reconstruct the case mainly or a little.
That's why the case is in project section :)
When I am done you will be inform asap!

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