There’s quite some movement on the Raspberry-Pi case topic since I last posted one which was based on a Marlboro cigarette case for sale in EBay.
Since the Raspberry Pi is a real DIY / Hacker or Maker type mini-pc, it is not surprising that it started blooming case designs all over the place.
Here are a few examples of what’s been made. There’s ideas for each level of handy-ness or equipment availability:
On the Blog of CGPatterson, there is a good description (and downloadable templates) to build a casing out of a sheet of transparent film. It won’t be your most chock and break proof solution, but it is one of the cheapest and easiest option found out there.
A similar idea but made with cardboard called the Punnet, can be found here
If the only material you own is a box of LEGOs you might want to give that a shot. A quick google shows that there are many people who built a casing for the Raspberry Pi with LEGO. Here is an example from BBMaj on the raspberry Pi Boards:
Since Plexiglas is a material witch you can relatively easily cut with a normal saw machine, this is probably the next model on the list. On the Blog WaitingForFriday.com, you’ll find a nice tutorial on how to build a case out of Plexiglas, without the need for any expensive machinery.
If you do have access to a laser cutter, here are a couple if designs that you might want to give a try:
On Built-to-spec.com, they have instructions for a casing that will make your Pi look like a proper Desktop computer. Why..? Don’t know. It does look very well thought and it might give you some extra space inside for any extensions you’d like to give it.
Last but definitively not least, on the blog pages of Thingist.com, you can find another laser cutted casing that looks really good because the wood inlays give it a really finished touch.
Loads of other good ideas can be found. Like the Raspberry Pi hidden in a PC Keyboard or a Nintendo cartridge. if you found any nice ones feel free to add to the comments.