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Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:19 pm

Bud Industries has developed a unique solution to enclosing the raspberry pi micro-computer called the Pi Sandwich. Unlike other structured units, this case allows for flexibility and expansion, and for the board to be used as it was intended, for learning, experimentation, and creativity. Using no hardware, it easily opens for quick access. To install the board, just slide it into the provided slots and click it into place. Once it is secure, you are now safe from the risk of metal touching the bottom of the board, causing significant damage. With the board installed, you can connect your cables without touching the board, protecting the board’s integrity.
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Since the enclosure has open sides, there is no restriction to what you can do with your board. Unlike enclosures with fixed cutouts, you can take advantage of the flat cable connectors to mount LCD screens or built in key boards. You also can use the IO ports to send power or commands to any external dc motor, to hook up to another computer, or even to run a robot. All of this is accomplished without having to drill new holes.

The extra space in the sides of the case also allows for installation of a battery compartment and since the top and bottom of the case are identical, you can also mount an additional board. Yet it is still small enough to pop in your backpack when you are on the move. Made from durable translucent raspberry colored ABS plastic, it allows the user to see all indicator lights without removing the cover.

The lid slides into place, providing complete protection for the board and your hard work. All of this priced well below $10 and in stock today at distribution. For more information, check out Bud’s website at http://www.budind.com/view/Plastic+Boxe ... Enclosures or call us at 440-946-3200.
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Video on YouTube: http://www.budind.com/images/product/la ... s-rasp.jpg
Video2 on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYu_bCMT ... ontext-cha

They can be purchased at RS Components, Allied, Premier Farnell, and Newark.
Allied: [u]http://www.alliedelec.com/search/pro ... 31926 [/u]
Newark: [u]http://www.newark.com/bud-industries ... -11591[/u]

jhaas
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Re: Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:21 pm

Here is one more video for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKV29FfZoO4&feature=plcp

We do have a second enclosure which can be found here: http://www.alliedelec.com/search/produc ... U=70231925


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Re: Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:18 pm

I like the case, but it costs more to ship the case than the cost of the case to ship it making the total price the same as ordering a case from overseas.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:47 pm

Looks like a neat solution, although I notice they have none available for immediate shipment. Also, there is a "handling" charge of $5.00, making the effective price $11.40 - so much for "well under ten dollars". And then there's the shipping.

Ah, well...

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Re: Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:46 am

Ordered two of these on Monday and received them Wednesday - I'm in the USA and ordered them from Newark/element14. Paid less than $20 total including shipping. (Again, this was for 2 units)

The case is very simple but effective - not air-tight, but not designed to be. It effectively shields the board while allowing you to view the board led's and have access to all i/o, power, etc. It's perfect for me - the unit can sit on a bookshelf and look acceptable (and finished).

Thanks Bud Industries for a nicely engineered and very reasonably priced case.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:20 am

wgcampbell wrote:Ordered two of these on Monday and received them Wednesday - I'm in the USA and ordered them from Newark/element14. Paid less than $20 total including shipping. (Again, this was for 2 units)

The case is very simple but effective - not air-tight, but not designed to be. It effectively shields the board while allowing you to view the board led's and have access to all i/o, power, etc. It's perfect for me - the unit can sit on a bookshelf and look acceptable (and finished).

Thanks Bud Industries for a nicely engineered and very reasonably priced case.
The shipping isn;t so bad with multiple units but I only need one and the price after shipping it still came out to $13-15 depending on shipping method.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:20 pm

Thank you for your input. We are working with RS Components to stock these cases in UK, which would probably assist in lowering the handling cost. It was not our intention to have that in place. While Premier Farnell's sister company Newark in the US are stocking the product, PF has mentioned they are not interested in doing so.

Thank you wgcampbell , for your positive feedback. I am glad this product meets your needs.

Josiah Haas
Bud Industries, Inc.
http://www.budind.com/view/Plastic+Boxe ... Enclosures

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Re: Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:12 pm

Pity about Farnell, but good to know that you're seeking a UK outlet. I will be interested if this well thought out case becomes available here at a sensible price.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:57 am

Sorry to bring up an old thread but I recently bought one of these cases at a local shop(Sayal) here in Ontario, Canada for $11+Tax and this is a great case with a little modding it can hold up to two RPi 's or a Pi and powered Hub as I have done in the pictures below, only took an afternoon to do with some tools and items on hand, the hub is a 7 port powered got for free due to the power plug was broken but some quick soldering fixed that, the same/similar hub can be found on deal extreme I believe.
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Re: Raspberry Pi Case from Bud

Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:36 pm

Thanks for the post. Glad you have found it useful. The ultimate goal was to be able to utilize with a second board if needed. Another product Bud has developed is the Board-Ganizer (http://www.budind.com/view/Plastic+Boxe ... losure+kit) BG-32618 - This is made to house 4 different boards, or three boards and a bread board. Image Image

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