I have looked at a number of Raspberry Pi cases, they all have one thing in common. They have a box (the raspberry pi itself), a USB cable, and an adapter at a minimum.
I wanted to create a unit which will improve these shortcomings for three main reasons.
- To look cleaner, neater, and safety.
- Can be installed on sites where you are completing a security audit, the unit will not come under suspicion because of it looks.
- Cooling, performance and the ability to expand hardware inside the unit itself.
I have made around three designs which I improved on each time, landing on the one published here.
The print contains a space for a Samsung USB power plug and a section for the USB connector, it contains a grove to allow it to sit firmly in place.
The Raspberry Pi sits on four poles which hold it firmly in place, and also allows you to connect the cat5 connected and four USB ports at the bottom.
I have build three slits on the bottom of the cover and three at the top, this is a clever wait to passively cool the Raspberry Pi. The air inside will heat up and rise, then exit from this top slits. This will then create a suction from the bottom, taking in the cool air. No need for a fan! Test proved to be promising.
I am really pleased with the design and use it at home.
I have plans to make it alot smaller, as you can see from the photos the biggest problems are the size of the adapter and the plug into the Pi itself. I have ordered smaller and cheaper power plugs and some L shaped USB connectors. This will allow me to design the casing to be alot smaller, ill keep you posted.
To make this project happen you need the following