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Scratch Build – In Progress Raspberry Pi Competition: 1stProject

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by vardig, 22 Apr 2013.

  1. vardig

    vardig New Member

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    Finally got my account working (I think) after 7 weeks. Will post more details soon once I review this website a bit to see how it works. Looking to make a zero cost case out of scrap materials I have lying around. Haven't done this type of thing since the 80s. Hopefully I'll come up with something a little different.
     
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  2. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    Sorry about the registration pains, we are desperately awaiting a proper Captcha being put in place, otherwise we have to manually vet several thousand new members daily.

    Ohh, and welcome aboard.
     
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    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    Looking forward to it Lawrence! Thanks to yodasarmpit for sorting it out!
     
  4. vardig

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    I’m almost complete with the build but was unable to post so I’ll document some of the history of what I did so far.

    Here is my computer/auto parts graveyard. Within here I will find the raw materials to make my case. I see some very elaborate designs out there so I plan to keep my case simple and not go too crazy with fabrication. I use my Raspberry in different locations and use all ports (including RCA video) so my case needs to be functional and practical and not just a display piece.





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    Holy 90's Batman! Beige.
     
  6. vardig

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    I have it narrowed down to these pieces. I won't use everything here but my case will use some portion of each item. Polycarbonate will be the dominant material. I knew I would use that Windows 95 CD again some day.



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  7. vardig

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    Complete. I used some old CDs to construct my case. I attached rubber feet to the
    bottom CD and I’m using hex standoffs removed from a VGA port to mount the Pi.
    I used an old brake line from a 78 Mustang to make spacers to mount the top CD an inch
    above the Pi. With this open design there are no heat dissipation worries, all ports
    are easily accessible with no ESD concerns and the LEDs reflect very nicely off the CD
    surface. I also mounted the Pi to provide easy access to insert/remove the SD card.

    I didn’t like the micro-USB port and I had a few 5v supplies with the barrel type plug
    so I mounted an old jack I removed from a headset amplifier to the bottom CD
    to supply power via GPIO and added an on-off switch removed from a set of Labtec
    speakers to the hole on the top CD.

    I also mounted an rj11 jack to the bottom CD
    and wired it to GPIO where I am running a standard phone cable connected to an
    IR receiver(using this to send remote codes that CEC wont pass through). I also added the
    Raspberry logo pattern behind the clear portion of the top CD to give it an authentic look.

    Since I used recycled parts the total cost to build the case was $0 and these
    old CDs will not end up in a landfill for 1000 years. I see some elaborate
    case designs and wanted to present something simple and provide a unique look that was
    attractive and functional.

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