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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:59 pm

Someone mentioned Orac several pages back. I could easily put a RPi in here: http://www.glenalec.net/DMCTO/.....ndex.shtml. Either in place of the Arduino or in addition (and controlling) it.

To be honest, while that is a good demo of using an Arduino to drive LEDs, I must admit my favorite Sci-Fi computer is Slave (of the same show - Slave is the only computer to ever talk back to Orac, too - final episode, series 4). Hey, I even know where half the parts used in the prop came from (bottom of page: http://www.glenalec.net/DMCTO/.....ndex.shtml) - sorry, shameless self promotion of my private web site. :P

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:15 am

I'm going to sort out a project box for my Pi, drill some holes and add some extensions to make the ports accessible from the outside, and embed it in some form of plush creation. (I sew - it seemed fitting.)

I don't know yet whether I'll modify something pre-existing, or design something from scratch, though - it depends upon some game-related merchandise releases that could be upcoming. :P

It's not as interesting as some of the ideas here, of course, but it should be fun.

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:36 am

I have a feeling the Pi would fit fairly comfortably inside a compact cassette case (if you can still find one) - an opaque case would probably work best, possibly with a cover like this inside (or whatever was historically accurate):

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:59 am

Quote from Wooloomooloo on December 14, 2011, 00:36
(if you can still find one)
I can't vouch for these guys as I've never purchased from them, but is this any good? The prices don't seem horrendous, for certain. :P

You could easily get whatever liner notes you desire professionally-printed very cheaply from a place like FilePrint (who I can vouch for, as I use them for all sorts of printing, and even got my Christmas cards done there this year), as long as you have a decent-quality scan of them. They don't have any minimum order quantity - all they require of you is that you submit JPEGs (I've never gotten PDFs to work) in the correct size for their pre-made templates, and just follow the instructions.

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:38 am

@Prometheus - wouldn't be any good for the model B, it's about 20mm thick/high/tall

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:26 am

Quote from Wooloomooloo on December 14, 2011, 00:36
I have a feeling the Pi would fit fairly comfortably inside a compact cassette case (if you can still find one) - an opaque case would probably work best, possibly with a cover like this inside (or whatever was historically accurate):

you should be able to find boxes easily - 2nd hand shops etc...
they are not fat enough though; 21mm high the board is ...
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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:22 pm

Using video tapes as housing, leave too much space if you ask me. If the Pi is the size of a bankcard,
you could install 2 of them in a VHS tape. An audio tape is much more like the size of the pi!

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:14 pm

if you want to use a cassette case you could better take a LTO's case.
I'm not completely sure about these sizes but i think there correct
Cartridge Dimensions (L x W x H) 102 x 105.4 x 21.5 mm

Its also a bit shy on height model A would probably fit you can always take 2 and glue them together, a little hint, cut of the bottom the top has a lid thats stuck on one side.
you might want to ask your local network administrator if they have some of those from old tapes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L....._Tape-Open
link to a for me unknown shop (Website owner requested this link be removed).

Maybe the old Compact Cassette cases can fit one but those have a hard plastic shell that brakes easier same go's for those linked by prometheus. and then it probably isn't high enough

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:37 pm

Quote from walney on December 14, 2011, 08:38
@Prometheus - wouldn't be any good for the model B, it's about 20mm thick/high/tall
Ah, damn! I didn't know that.

Thanks muchly for the info, though - knowing the height of the Model B gives me what I need to know to get started on my own idea. :)

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:04 pm

Business card holders (like printers use to ship them) like these would be ideal http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100-....._500wt_732 - though the plastic is a bit flexible.

Would be ideal if they were shipped in something like this (hint, hint).

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:15 pm

those holders have been mentioned a lot, probably better/easier than all those from tapes.
although making it fit in a VHS tape still sounds cool :P

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:40 pm

When you have a mendel, axis3D or reprap is still the best way to create a sleek device housing!

http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:34 pm

Quote from ProDigit on December 16, 2011, 19:40
When you have a mendel, axis3D or reprap is still the best way to create a sleek device housing!

http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap

Wow! This is a great project I wasn't aware of - thanks for the link.
Imagine how the RepRap community could benefit from the release of the Raspberry Pi! For the same cost as an arduino, they could have a real computer to control it, simplifying the software chain.

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:41 pm

Quote from RaTTuS on December 13, 2011, 12:23
Quote from Xcapee on December 13, 2011, 11:56
Interesting idea. In fact, except for the height of some of the ports, it would probably fit in a 2.5" laptop drive enclosure.
yeah 2.5" would work if you can find one fat enough ... 3.5 should be able to get 2 in ;)
I think I would prefer a 5.25" hard drive out an IBM PC, that I have, should be able to get one inside plus extra stuff. I should have left the label for the errors on the drive, it came with about 20 bad sectors from the manufacturer. I can even leave the original mounting rails so it has something to stand on.

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:01 am

How 'bout a box of cereals, or mount it within a coke can?

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:52 am

After some research it appears cigarette cases may be the best option yet. Available in metal with top and bottom hinges and can be bulk bought at around £2.50 a unit. I can imagine with a plastic mounting runner this could prove a popular option. I have pre-ordered several units to mess with milling. The units are non decorative with rounded corners and have a mil-spec look about them. Add a domed badge and we'd probably have something resilient enough and cheap enough to go into schools.

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Sun Dec 18, 2011 2:53 pm

Quote from ProDigit on December 18, 2011, 05:01
How 'bout a box of cereals, or mount it within a coke can?

That will be a bit sharp around the edges :P

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:15 pm

I was planning on using some variation of a bar soap box, e.g.,

http://www.amazon.com/Donovan-.....pd_sbs_a_2

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:09 am

I wonder if it would fit in here

Only 4 bucks and a bit at dealextreme.

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:03 am

I've seen the Arcade Cabinet thread. makes me wish I'd kept my miniature Galaga game for it's baby arcade cabinet. Would have made a nice home for a Pi and a small LCD display. =)

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:10 am

Quote from ShiftPlusOne on August 13, 2011, 00:26
300 pages to choose from...
http://mouser.com/Enclosures/E.....xes-Cases/
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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:49 am

I was thinking along the lines of

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DECO.....5507670715

so far as i can see a minimum size of 10cm x 6.5cm x 6cm should do it.
Anyone forsee any problems ?

I was also thinking of

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-x-.....2a1163f051

But dont think the plastic would survive my drill.

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:34 pm

You'd be amazed at the protective powers of putting duct tape on both sides of the area where you are planning to drill. With a good duct tape brace you just might be able to cut up that case to your heart's desire :)
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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:30 pm

Have a couple of rubber key spectrums which I scrounge parts from, so may use the case of one of those. Or maybe use some of these
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-.....484352d5d4

They're available in different colours, so thinking a different colour for each different Linux distro.

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Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:45 pm

I'll get an R-pi once they ship with a case, no point modifying a case when we can just buy the r-pi with a professional case within a few months from now.

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