Here’s my first case for my first Pi. I’ve used my raspberry for a while, I’ve played with it, I’ve used it on my desk as many of you, now it’s time for its final placement: a small and tiny low power home server.
I’ve ordered few more cards for devel purposes so it’s time to house this one and use it as a “production” machine.

I’ve seen a lot of homebrew cases as well as few commercial ones, it’s time to join the ring and build my own case as well. I don’t want to spend money on it, it should be focused on spare parts and  aimed to cut down the costs, have a nice result and something usable, I didn’t ordered parts or I didn’t purchased any material for building it, everything comes from my basement and it’s absolutely affordable since it’s crap or recycled material. I’ll post my work so you can create your own case if you wish to. Please contact me if you want additional information or you’d like to have one like mine

aluminium table leg from industrial caseI’ve a small aluminium table leg coming from an industrial frame, this kind of material is pretty common and easily affordable. I guess you’ll probably find something from stuff like the parts in the picture. It’s even something you can find in your local hardware retail store. you don’t need a big piece, mine it’s just 19x12x5 cm (7.5×4.7×2 in), this tiny piece will contain my Raspi and will be its new case.
Alumium is a common choice for avoiding heating problems (even if it’s not a real issue with the Raspi) and because it’s really easy to handle
I’ve carefully cut a part with a saw and cleaned it with a sandpaper, this will be the side of the case, take a look:

Raspberry case (the side)

It’s twice the size of a raspberry motherboard, that’s because I’d like to integrate a USB powered hub with it so I can extend the raspberry USB ports and power it at the same time (more details later, keep reading), now I need two spare pieces of aluminium for the front and the back side 19×5 cm (7.5×2 in) so I can close the case later on

Raspberry case (front-back)

you can see six small holes for the screws, they will perfectly fit with the side part seen above. I’ve just cut and cleaned these two parts even if it’s still a little bit rough, I’ll refine them later on

Now this is the external part of my case, in the next section I’ll detail the internal part, keep reading to see every detailed step involved in my development process, stay tuned and share your comments 🙂

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2 responses to 1. Gettings the parts for the case

  1. Peter on 2012/10/19 at 6:11 pm

    That aluminum extrusion is called “80/20” and the mechanical engineers here at work love it. It’s an ME’s “Meccano set”.

    • ben on 2012/10/19 at 9:30 pm

      I’ve pieces like that and I’ve seen they could be valid enough to build a nice case for the Raspi, I’m glad you love it