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MarcoA
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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:34 pm

Hi,

I'm not a computer guru, I'm an industrial designer, so I'm thinking about giving an house to the RaspberriPi I'd like to have.


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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:39 pm

Very nice and clean

Would prefer a line drawing of the logo either milled or built up mind

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:59 am

That would be in Ferrari Red then (Rosso Corsa)? Bella!

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:20 am

Beautiful case! Any idea what the unit cost would be?

Piko

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:56 am

Such an attractive case. Guess it's just cultural conditioning, but it seems strange to see a device of these dimensions with all that open real estate on top. Just so tempting to add a LiIon battery, a small front panel board with a jog pad and LCD display, and a little bit of software so it can at least be used as an MP3 player in downtime.

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:16 am

It"s just a spare time concept of half an hour in alpha state.;)

I"d like to have more precise informations from creators (precise dimensions and/or 3D model, original vectorial logo...) to do a better job. Is it possible?

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:18 am

@Marco a

for a 3d model, check out "a Monday grab-bag of community cleverness on the home page.
http://www.themagpi.com <---- Checkout the MagPi
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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:24 am

MarcoA - you can have the dimensions from a post of one of the blog moderators:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/for.....38;ret=all

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:26 am

I saw the sketchup model, but I"d like iges, step or similar, to be used in a CAD.

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:57 am

Yeah nice, but you components/dimensions are wrong.

The usb connector is not the one that is being used.

look at the mechanical data from Gert which Montekuri has a link to.

Beware that the pcb board width = 56mm and not the dimensions which are in the FAQ...

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:15 pm

I know a small injection molding company in Connecticut USA who might be interested in making a mold and a case.  He figured it would cost about $15 US.  I (also) am trying to get an IGES or STEP file of the board.

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Re: Concept for a case

Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:44 pm

Hi,

I tried to assembly the PCB and the main components using the dimensions in the link posted above and the photos I found here and here.

I searched for 3D models of the components and I'm at this point:





Maybe some components are not exactly the same as the real ones, but I think that it should be ok all the same. (-:

ASAP I will release the CAD file as a STEP file.

Cheers,

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:04 am

It seems that there is no way to fix the PCB to the case by screws. The only available holes look covered by the SD card socket, isn"t it?

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:23 am

There are no mounting holes indeed. So you'll have to click, clamp, glue, schrinkwrap, melt, etc. the board in place.

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:26 am

There are no screw holes, hidden by the SD card or otherwise. If you try to use any of the holes your RPi will stop working when the screw wears away the metal coating on the inside of the hole.

It's a major omission in my view, but you'll just have to use a clip or clamp until the next generation of boards come out.

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:41 am

As for fixing it to a case - may I suggest Sugru?

It is a soft, non-conductive moldable putty that is malleable for 30 minutes, but sets like rubber after 24 hours.  It is fantastic stuff, I use it all the time to make quick mounts for things, including some fairly robust mounts in my current robot.

Never fear as well, as it can be removed fairly easily if required.  My only advice is just be careful which bits of the board you mount it to if you ever plan on removing it again.

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:05 am

Screws would be the better solution for a PCB with so many connections. Well, I"ll try a clean alternative.

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:15 am

MarcoA said:


Screws would be the better solution for a PCB with so many connections. Well, I"ll try a clean alternative.



Of course screws would be a better alternative, but I'm afraid that in the first generation of boards, it ISN'T an alternative as there are no mounting holes...
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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:46 pm

Could the case be made that fold to make it and secured at open sides with double sided tape .

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:44 pm

Another option to secure the board might be to have ribs (with steps for pads) on the inside if the case.  The stepped ribs could 'capture' the board.  Self adhesive rubber pads could be used on the stepped rubs to reduce damage to the board.  Screws  outside of the board footprint could hold the two case halves together.

This might over complicate the case.  It would probably be best to have the parting line of the case molds be at or close to the level of the board.

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Re: Concept for a case

Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:25 pm

FeersumEndjinn said:

Never fear as well, as it can be removed fairly easily if required.  My only advice is just be careful which bits of the board you mount it to if you ever plan on removing it again.
You could use some clingfilm on the parts of the board you want to slot into the Sugru, to shape it, as it won't stick to that. Then you'd have mounts which you can slide the RPi into and out of.

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Re: Concept for a case

Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:08 pm

Hi,

I shared the 3D model (STEP) of the RaspberryPi as I evinced from drawings, photos and informations:

Me and the RaspberryPi

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Re: Concept for a case

Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:04 am

Maybe it's just the angle I'm looking at, but wouldn't it be difficult to get an attached ethernet cable out if the case design has the Ethernet port recessed?
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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:56 am

MarcoA,


do you mind me posting the images of your case to http://elinux.org/RPi_Cases ?


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Re: Concept for a case

Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:42 pm

jannis said:


MarcoA,

do you mind me posting the images of your case to http://elinux.org/RPi_Cases?




I'm still working on it...

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