What to make: A Colourful Raspberry Pi

June 25, 2015 Cris Rose

One of the most common uses for 3D printing and Laser Cutting within the Maker community, are custom electronics cases. There are a lot of platforms you can use for your project; one of the best known and most flexible, is the Raspberry Pi.

If you've not seen one before, it's essentially a tiny, hackable computer on a single board, that runs Linux, and is very well supported for components and accessories. Around the size of a pack of cards, these affordable little machines come in at around £15-25, depending on the model you choose.

Being a piece of enthusiast hardware, produced for as low a price as possible, the RasPi doesn't come with any kind of casing, leaving it exposed to the elements and potential short circuits, so a case is a really good idea from day one.

There are a few ways to get your Pi protected! You can buy an off the shelf case to fit a standard unit, you can download a file from Thingiverse or Youmagine for free and have it made at makersCAFE, or you can design your own for your super specific project.

There are quite a few cases available online for free, some of the best we've seen, are from Thingiverse user JayFTee who has designed these 3D printable "Safe And Secure" cases for both the larger, better equipped B+ and the new, diminutive A+ 

There are a couple of options for both the top and bottom halves, depending on whether you want vents, logos or cutouts for the various IO cables, so you can choose what suits you quite easily. 

Naturally, you can print these in whatever resolution suits you, and in a wide variety of colours from Faberdashery here at the Cafe. The translucent colours look great. 

You can also make some cases using our laser cutting, by cutting out, and layering up around 9 layers of 3mm acrylic or plywood. The polished edge of the acrylic looks great, and a clear sheet on the top and bottom really finish the look. 

This design is by Crispconcept on Thingiverse which we've cut with a plain, clear acrylic top [shown removed] and bottom, as the original design is intended for a compact media centre. It cost around £20 to have made and looks sharp indeed.


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