Iceberg Case Project


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by dreamy » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:06 am
Example of a very low cost case for raspberry pi.

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by roelfrenkema » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:32 am
dreamy said:


Example of a very low cost case for raspberry pi.


Would be even better with a power supply build in so you can just plug it in a socket.
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by Dazzler » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:55 am
Here's me thinking someone was going to case the Pi in a head of lettuce. :-)
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by JRJurman » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:09 pm
Looks pretty sweet. I'm going to be using an old floppy disk case probably, just something I had lying around, but I could see where something like this would be really nice.
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by Kilya » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:15 pm
I was thinking of knocking up some custom cases for the more discerning RPi user i.e. out of wood, carbon fibre etc. I'll post some designs once I draw them up
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by chickey » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:15 pm
Looks great, this is the type of case I'll be after and prefer the power supply separate otherwise it won't fit in the socket I've already got planned for it :)
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by Ogoshi » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:41 pm
I like this, it"s looks like nothing much but would WOW when switched on!
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by Zotlerg » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:48 pm
It's nice, is that based on the production model or the beta?

I was wondering becuase the USB box sticks out from the board too far in all the pictures I've seen of the R-PI, but not on the FAQ page.
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by Bengaul » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:03 pm
Great practical case. Without wishing to hijack, where did you get your dimensions? I have looked at various FAQ's with no joy.
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by Tomo2k » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:27 pm
Approximate dimensions were posted by Gert a few days ago, on this thread:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/for.....nical-data

- Approximate because they were manually measured by vernier caliper, so I wouldn't drop the 10k (ish) on tooling for a mass-produced case just yet!

One thing that appears to be missing from the OP is lightpipes for the LEDs. These will be necessary for any opaque enclosure as otherwise you can't tell if the unit is running or not.
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by tzj » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:45 pm
would be cool if those light dimentions were on that plan too!
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by Jessie » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:57 pm
dreamy said:


Example of a very low cost case for raspberry pi.




Nice work, add some light conduits and I would consider buying that.
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by Steady_Bear » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:54 pm
Tomo2k said:

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One thing that appears to be missing from the OP is lightpipes for the LEDs. These will be necessary for any opaque enclosure as otherwise you can't tell if the unit is running or not.



Of course you could my little biscuit. If Portal's not playing, the machine is off!

What do you mean there's no port of Portal?

Cheapo multimode from Maplins, or just put the LEDs on home made stalks?
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by Steady_Bear » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:54 pm
Double post - silly forum! (Am I the only one getting loads of 'Could not connect to the database?').

And, whilst I'm at it, please could someone put the 's' back into maths! :)
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by tawalker » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:22 pm
If someone makes this case for a not-crazy price, I'd go for it... even better, could you add two extra USB ports? :-)
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by dreamy » Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:54 pm
New Update with info Led and optical guide light

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by TPA5 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:10 am
I like that idea very much! Reminds me quite a lot of Apple tech. Sleek, sexy, super portable. If the price was right, I would most definitely pick them up for my Pi's.

 
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by HansH » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:14 am
Nice case, but.. how do you get the pcb board in it ?

it has connectors sticking out and they seem all integrated in the case....
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by redman684 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:13 am
It's a white box… Sorry to say, but that's somewhat disappointing for an 'iceberg'.I would at least expect a faint blue glow coming from it.

Something like the Philips wake-up-light (the light itself as well as the time display, but with blue leds) would be cool and do honor to an iceberg.

Can't you do anything to make the usb socket stick out so ugly? Iceberg aren't perfect squares either ;)

HansH makes a good point. I guess the separation between top and bottom half will have to be adapted to be able to place the pi into it.

And how about the bottom? Won't the flat plastic bottom (I expect from the current pictures) make the cables drag the box all over the pace? At least that will behave like an block of ice :)

I guess the case clicks shut never to be opened again? When you make the pi into such a 'tamper proof consumer product' (which kinda defeats the -hardware part- purpose of the pi) I would expect a power/reset button of some sort. At least some way to interact with it, other than connecting a keyboard. The GPIO port can accommodate part of this, although a real power or reset button will probably require some cunning circuit to be soldered.

Some holes which you can punch through at will to place leds, buttons, an infrared eye etc. could make the case more multi-purpose/customizable/a toy. But we haven't seen the inside yet, so you can still surprise us :)

edit: Sorry I may have been carried a way a bit. It' not so much criticism, but more that I got excited by the possibilities, like the whole pi project does to all of us.
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by emg » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:50 am
HansH said:




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Nice case, but.. how do you get the pcb board in it ?

it has connectors sticking out and they seem all integrated in the case....


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My thoughts exactly when I saw this.  It also appears to have multiple seams where the 2 halves join. Speaking of 2 halves, how are they secured together, screw fastened lid (bottom)?  How is the PCB secured inside the enclosure, stand-off posts? Is there a lip around the edge? What about cooling?

I would wait until you have an actual sample in hand before proceeding as anything else is just 'pi in the sky' ;)  Work on making a good 'box' first that meets all the mechanical requirements and the design will flow from that.
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by dreamy » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:17 am
The project is progressing well and we will integrate the cutting case and the support of the PCB



To close case we will have only a system of clips

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by jannis » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:52 am
Hi dreamy,

do you mind me posting the images of your case to http://elinux.org/RPi_Cases ?
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by tawalker » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:05 am
Not sure if this has been suggested, but is there any way to have a translucent RasPi logo in the top lid of this case (like a certain other fruit-branded white computer, but of course, different ;-) )?
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by ehrlmpe5 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:32 pm
This is a great case.  Any chance it will be available for purchase?

If not, is anybody aware of a company what will manufacture these in limited quantities?
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by stormy1 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:20 am
hmmm all it needs is an led connected to io so it can be flashed by an email notifier program.
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