Raspberry Pi cases round-up: Eight inventive holders in photos

Raspberry Pi cases round-up: Eight inventive holders in photos

Summary: The Raspberry Pi mini-computer has taken the tech world by storm. If you're one of the lucky few to get one, one of the first things you'll need is a case. Here's a few to choose from.

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  • Plastic Raspberry Pi case

    Italian designer Marco Alici has come up with this plastic snap-fit case for the Pi, manufactured via a 3D printer.

    With no screws required, this is one of the cleanest designs around (and one that allows for multiple Pis to be stacked on top of each other), although at €37.66 (or $46.32), it costs a tad more than the computer it houses.

    Image credit: Marco Alici

  • Wooden case

    Designer and photographer Stephen Whitehead came up with this elegant wooden case by cutting and sanding two sheets of plywood before sticking them together with dome head bolts and stainless washers.

    Alas, there is only one version of the case in existence, and Stephen doesn't have plans to commercialise it.

    "I don't have the equipment for mass production and I don't think many people would be willing to pay what the time and effort would be worth to make them!" he told ZDNet.

    Image credit: Stephen Whitehead

  • Bramble Pi

    This laser-cut, finger-jointed case — dubbed 'Bramble Pi' — is a self-assembly kit made out of birch plywood. Germany-based designer Nick also makes laser-engraved custom cases. The Bramble Pi is available on Etsy for €12.

Topics: Emerging Tech, Linux, Open Source

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  • AdaFruit case

    I'm suprised you missed one of the best cases of all, the Adafruit Pi Box, which is an opensource design. It's an acrylic enclosure with a unique clip lock mechanism that needs no fasteners to hold it together. From Adafruit, the Pi Box is $14.99 but (if you have access to a laser cutter) you can download the design files from Thingiverse.
    wjsteele@...
    • the PI-STACK CASE and my cable management

      Another fantastic case you missed is the PI-STACK. It's really well built from 10mm acrylic and solid metal supports. It's available on Ebay which is where I got mine (search PI-STACK).

      I have my own "add-on" solution that manages all the cables (a major problem with the Raspberry Pi because the cables come out on all 4 sides).

      The PI-STACK weighs nearly a pound and has silicon feet so that it stays where its put too! Here a link to a picture of it on the Raspberry Pi forum:
      http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=14087
      PHOENIXcrown
  • I was hoping

    that the wooden case was made like that so you could mount it to the back of your monitor.
    NexusSloth
    • Wooden case

      While you mentioned wooden case... here is one that looks nice http://www.raspberry-pi-case.net/
      But these can not be mounted to the back of your monitor. Maybe some kind of customization can be made to achieve this.
      eridian
  • shipping killed that idea

    I could get one and waited in que but when it came time the thing was $39 plus $45 to ship from europe when actual shipping to us can be done under $10 so i passed since for that I can get a tablet that does more.If they can get them on the shelves in the US so the shipping rape doesnt happen Ill get one.
    Fletchguy
    • Use Allied

      Allied Electronics (www.alliedelec.com) in the US has them for $35 plus $6.34 shipping (to AZ). (Currently backordered, though.)
      kfan
    • wooden case

      I bought a wooden case for my Rpi here: -
      http://www.arbofaktur.de/
      it fits great , looks perfekt and it´s ecological.
      bljubljek
  • other sources

    You can also get them from Newark/Element14 (newark.com, delivery took less than 30 days) and Allied Electronics (alliedelec.com, available in ~ Oct.) for $35 with tax and shipping adding another ~ $10.
    Hemlock Stones
  • made of unobtainium

    This looks like it would be a really nice bit of hardware if it could actually be purchased :(
    john-whorfin
  • Queued

    I had to get in line for one of these. I didn't even know about the RPi until this article!
    jhnnybgood
  • I'd love to know

    What everyone else is dong with THEIR Pi. Cases are a bit of a gimmick, when the focus seems to be on building it into things like spy-planes and the like. Its almost like people are trying to define it, by making it look like something else.

    I managed to get my hands on one a few weeks ago and I cant find much of a use for a case.

    I do have a couple of 'cases' I've built mine. One is a simple platform with standoffs and mounting slots cut in it to fit either the Pi to something bigger, or something smaller to it, and it has a power jack built in as part of the latch. The Pi is exposed tho, I'd hardly call that one a case.

    The other one has something thats glaringly missing from these, and every other case I've seen online yet - a battery compartment. Mine has four rechargeable AAA cells in a holder that fits above the Pi just behind the yellow video connector, leaving room for the SD card to stick out of a slot underneath.

    Most of the time however, my Pi lives in an orgy of servos, Atmels and crap that I call a workbench, and it looks very happy indeed.
    SiO2
  • Another RPi story

    I pre-ordered my RPi back in June - and it finally arrived a few weeks ago.

    It now lives next to the Wii, under the TV in the loungeroom. Cables aren't such a problem as I use a wireless keyboard/mouse. I mainly use my RPi to teach myself python - using pygame (www.pygame.org) but I have used it to play media off the NAS.

    My next trick will be to get XBMC working on it.

    I made my own case ... out of 80gsm paper. Origami Pi!
    http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j418/gelureian/IMG00454-20120731-2010.jpg
    Gelureian
  • Raspberry Pi Embedded in DSLR Camera

    I embedded my Pi in my Canon 5d Mark II :)
    http://davidhunt.ie/?p=2641
    CameraPi
  • Low cost raspberry pi case

    Try this homemade case

    http://raspberrypi4all.blogspot.in/
    rahul_lav@...
  • another forum thread

    Theres a good thread here with all the case designs. Loads of good ones coming out.

    http://www.raspberrypiforums.com/forum/showthread.php?539-Case-designs
    zag2
  • wooden case

    I bought a wooden case for my Rpi here: -
    http://www.arbofaktur.de/
    it fits great , looks perfekt and it´s ecological.
    bljubljek