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Re: Criteria for a case

Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:35 pm

A few remarks on case design, in no particular order:

We are moving to favour screws or other positive mechanisms
rather than clips for case closure, as its likely the case will be opened and
closed by the users many times, for example to access the GPIO pins, and
plastic detents tend to snap .

The case needs a conductive coating to act as an RF and EMC
shield. The case plus board must conform to CE, UL, FCC, EMC and other
regulations including RoHS and WEEE directives. The outside should carry
appropriate markings indicating standards conformance, and places for a label
for serial numbers and legals

Optional ports (eg knock out) to access the expansion pins would
be good.

Ability to view the LEDs desirable

Ability to stack good

Capable of surviving in a kids pocket, even when sat on.

The case must appeal to both male and female users, so not
appear too butch. It would be nice if users can customise it.

It should be iconic, and reflect Raspberry Pi in some way

Mounting, either to an industry standard such as Vesa or Din
Rail, or even just allowing the case to be screwed down would be desirable

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Re: Criteria for a case

Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:09 am

I have always thought the cases that Elecraft uses for their ham radio equipment are functional and attractive. Notice that each "side" is actually a flat plate that is screwed together by using internal connectors. Browse the smaller and early cases for more ideas.

Elecraft Radio

Maybe something like that?

fos, de wd4et

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