brunialti
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A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:36 pm

I saw a beautiful case by Arcol on indie gogo.
http://www.indiegogo.com/arcol-raspi
I have nothig to to with arcol, but I would like the guys reached the funds to produce that case ...
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robotfunk
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Re: A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:41 pm

Maybe you should make it clear that that link votes directly, instead of providing more info about the project..

brunialti
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Re: A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:49 pm

Robotfunk, you're rigth!
Sorry, inserted the link after funding ...
The correct one should be http://www.indiegogo.com/arcol-raspi
Should my previous post infringe any forum rule, let the moderator cancel it.

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Re: A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:26 am

It states the wrong dimensions of the RPi pcb
although I can see that you have tested it with a real pcb

brunialti
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Re: A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:43 pm

Frankly a did'nt test yet as it is a project to start only when a target fund amounting is reached....
Neverthless in the video the case seems to fit nicely a RPi.

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Re: A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:03 pm

he's missed a good opportunity there, he could have a block of aluminium extending from the lid of the case so that it mates up with the CPU or any other components that generate heat, so the case becomes a giant heatsink as well.

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Re: A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:38 pm

Nice - but why not get it die cast?

Machining is time-consuming and expensive, die casting could produce lots of boxes quickly and at low cost. One company I have visited is http://www.jonesandwilkinson.co.uk/

You could get a tool made with Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) - just Google for it or check YouTube. Many Universities offer DMLS services and it can dramatically reduce the lead time, and cost, of a tool suitable for die casting.

That way you end up with a solid aluminium (or zinc) box but at a much lower cost.

Maybe when I sell out of PiHouses (http://www.pihouse.org) I will give it a go <g>
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Re: A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:42 pm

I don't want to sound too grumpy but come on... it's just a box!

When are you (I mean all of you box makers) going to realise that most people will not spend 50%+ of the cost of the Pi on a box?

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Re: A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:48 pm

most!=all

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Re: A new alu case for Raspberry to fund

Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:58 am

" ... that most people will not spend 50%+ of the cost of the Pi on a box?"

Good point - that's why I use a cheap PAYG mobile phone.

I am amazed at how much money people spend on mobile phones just to make phone calls or to send texts. Of course, they justify the cost with other things - primarily associated with social networking - after all, apparently there is no more fun to be had in the world than by taking photos of you and your mates when you are all paralytically drunk on a Friday night.

I have the same thing with tablets - people spend more than the price of a PC, and twice the price of a netbook, on something that doesn't even have a keyboard and can't run the software I write myself unless I give money to Apple and others.

People are free to spend or not spend their money - on smartphones and fondle slabs if that's what they want.

Some people look at it a different way. They save so much by buying the RPi that they can afford to splash out a bit more on a case.

Let's be brutally honest, price is the RPi's single greatest USP - pico and mini ITX boards can do far more but cost more. I just checked - the Asus C60M1-I AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard is 69.00 GBP at http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=65 and you can have as much RAM as you can eat - and a wide choice of cases from about 30.00 GBP upwards (http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=3#C294).

No, I have no connection with anyone who sells mini-ITX stuff, or anything for them, but I do use a couple for dedicated tasks - like driving a 3-axis CNC milling machine and manufacture/calibration of products.

The RPI would be great for such tasks - all I have to do is convert the software I have written from Windows to Linux. Let me do the sums. A mini-ITX board would set me back an extra 45.00 GBP and programming time comes in at about 25.00 GBP an hour - a no-brainer really.
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