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28 gennaio 2012 / Marco Alici

Me and the RaspberryPi /1

As soon as I came into contact with the RaspberriPi project I thought that:

  • I’d like to have one as soon as possible;
  • I’d like to give it an attractive case.

While looking around for informations about dimensions and position of the components I realized that:

  • a good 3D model (STEP, IGES or other similar format) would have been the better starting point to design a case;
  • there was only a SketchUp model available, but it’s a mesh, not very useful with CAD softwares, the best tools for this purpose.

So I decided to build my own 3D model: I created a simple rectangular PCB and I populated it with some 3D components I freely downloaded from manufacturers websites.

Maybe it’s not perfectly equal to the real device (that I’ve never seen directly yet), but maybe it could be a good starting point.

The STEP file can be download from here (, 937.4 kB).

Edit: I updated the STEP model file changing the RCA video connector according to the information I got (the axis position is not as far as audio jack axis from PCB).

If you find it useful, feel free to offer me a beer:

>> Me and the RaspberryPi /2

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