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29 febbraio 2012 / Marco Alici

Me and the RaspberryPi /2

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If you are looking for the final release of the case for Raspberry Pi, maybe you are searching for this page.

At last I can show what I consider the final result of the process of creation of my case for the RaspberryPi minicomputer!

It’s been not an easy task, because the board has been designed for the minimum dimensions and cost, and some choices are not suitable for a good design for the case.

As an example, the position of the USB connector is too prominent related to the network connector, and a different RCA video connector could have been chosen, so that its axis was at the same distance as the audio plug from the PCB.Moreover, some holes could be provided to fix the board to the case using screws; a robust fixing method would be desirable in such a little PCB with so many cable connections, while I had to invent a snap-fit assembly.

All the images are renderings made in Blender and Yafaray. I’m waiting for a real 3D printed prototype from Shapeways; and I’m waiting the “announcement” from RaspberryPi staff, so that I can buy my own board to test this case.

After that, I’m planning to make it available for printing on my space on Shapeways.

For now you can see the model of the case uploaded here, and the LED lightguides here.

As you can see from the last image, the case was designed taking into account the possibility to make it by injection molding, so that it could be a (rightly) cheap case for a cheap computer!

Me and the RaspberryPi /3 >>

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  1. ceglieterrestre / Lug 15 2013 11:52

    Ciao Mà, bona giornata de lavoro. 🙂

    "Mi piace"

  2. ceglieterrestre / Lug 4 2013 18:57

    Ciao Marco, mi dispiace non commentare i tuoi post. Ti lascio un caro saluto 😉

    "Mi piace"

  3. ceglieterrestre / Mag 23 2013 08:14

    Grazie Marco per le tue visite.Ho ancora il mio picci con le ferite, spero presto di sostituiro. E’ in agonia. Quando devo commentare inizio a scrivere all’alba e al tramonto termino.Un caro saluto

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  5. call centres / Feb 25 2013 22:20

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyways, just wanted to say excellent blog!

    "Mi piace"

    • ceglieterrestre / Mar 25 2013 11:12

      Ciao Marco, se mi nonna campava me diceva ” e qui casca l’asino” ciaveva raggione che dovevo studià antre lingue. Ma mo so cucca e scrivo co sbaj er romanesco e l’itajano. Ahò Mà, me fai la spiegazzione de che te sei inventato?

      "Mi piace"

      • Marco Alici / Mar 25 2013 12:25

        Ho disegnato una scatola per contenere quel simpatico computerino che si chiama Raspberry Pi (il nome in inglese suona come una torta di lamponi,, che non ce l’ha di suo. E pare che sia piaciuta molto (, ma non abbastanza da spingere qualcuno a volerla produrre. Peccato, perché quel qualcuno ne avrebbe tratto buon profitto, dato che in un anno, di quelle “torte”, ne sono state vendute un milione.

        "Mi piace"

        • ceglieterrestre / Apr 5 2013 08:42

          Grazzie Ma’ pe passà a trovamme e pe ave spiegato quello che te sei inventato. Ma me piacerebbe esse più fanella, pe magnamme sta torta e nisconnela drento la scatola che te sei inventato. Ma pemme ‘gni giorno che ariva e ‘na nova vita e nun so quanno me staccano la luce. Spero sortanto de vedecce fino a quanno ,vado a fa la terra pe li ceci. Ma chissà er domani se potrò vedè li colori, scrive, oppuro me devo accontentà sortanto de li ricordi. ‘N caro saluto ciao

          "Mi piace"

        • Marco Alici / Apr 5 2013 10:19

          Grazie a te per la visita! Ciao. 🙂

          "Mi piace"

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  10. being woman / Lug 9 2012 17:55

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  11. Sean Smith / Mag 23 2012 18:04

    Could you submit it to these guys so that they can consider it for mass production?

    Yours looks way better than the one they’re currently selling.

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  12. David / Apr 17 2012 06:48

    This case looks awesome. Do you plan to release the files so we can make them ourself or even alter the design?

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  13. Nome / Mar 22 2012 12:35

    Posso dare un suggerimento per una versione 2.0 ?

    Compatibilita’ con la barra din e eventualmente accesso al connettore GPIO (internamente aumentando il volume o esternamente lasciando uno sportellino per aggiungere (zainetti/espansioni).

    "Mi piace"

  14. Smaule / Mar 22 2012 12:06

    Great start, but it can be improved further: The USB-ports are sticking out, and the RFJ45 will probably not click.

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  15. Giuseppe / Mar 22 2012 09:51

    Ciao Marco,
    complimenti ancora per il bel lavoro! Ovviamente siamo in lista d’attesa per poter avere fra le mani l’oggetto del desiderio!!! magari con un case bello come il tuo!

    mi chiedevo se si potesse avere il file sorgente del disegno del case, forse ho trovato uno che me lo stamperebbe… forse..


    "Mi piace"

  16. Miles Prower (@MairusuPawa) / Mar 22 2012 06:46


    Now I want to see a VESA case design 😀
    a few ideas here:

    "Mi piace"

  17. Matt / Mar 20 2012 20:14

    Great case! Does it feature mounting holes so it can be attached to a wall/robot/etc ?

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 20 2012 23:03

      Hi, I’m thinking about some fixing holes somewhere or a different version of the

      "Mi piace"

  18. Scott / Mar 16 2012 18:01

    Will any of these be available for sale for those who cannot make their own?

    "Mi piace"

  19. gn33101 / Mar 8 2012 21:50

    Great Design.
    Two suggestions.
    [1] call it a box. Everybody knows Pies come in boxes not cases. 🙂
    [2] any chance of a ‘deluxe box’? A larger design that allows for the ports to be rerouted to more convenient places on the case exterior?

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 9 2012 16:34

      [1] Flawless! 😀
      [2] I have no idea of how to reroute ports: In my mind they are there, but… if you have other ideas feel free to show me.
      Thank you.

      "Mi piace"

  20. Robert Cain / Mar 8 2012 19:55

    Please, oh please design and make available a version of the case that has a removable section above the 26 pin header.

    It would be very cool if there was a way to set up a path at Shapeways where an add-on designer could create a replacement part for the removable piece with the height and connector openings for his design.

    I think a major use of the Raspberry Pi will be for people to create useful attached functionality for sale (I want to do something insanely cool with a high quality multi-channel audio DSP add-on board.)

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 9 2012 16:31

      Dear Robert,
      At the moment all my efforts are towards making the case suitable to house the Raspberry Pi. After that, all variants could be possible.

      Be calm, guys: I’ve just started! 😉

      "Mi piace"

      • Robert Cain / Mar 9 2012 20:06

        Marco, if the design is in progress, I would think that dividing the top into two sections, one above the 26 pin header and the other above everything else would be a more general design, would not seriously impact any other aspect of it in a negative way and would be a pretty simple modification to any existing design data.

        I urge you to consider this for the first iteration. As a practical consideration, the part above the header should be longer than the header to allow for the design of a replacement part that encloses a PCB on the header.

        Your design is quite elegant and I think an injected production version would be _very_ successful should you wish to earn anything from it. Anything that makes it even more desirable and applicable is a good thing if it doesn’t add cost or reduce the elegance.



        "Mi piace"

  21. Katia / Mar 8 2012 16:51

    Congrats. Verry good design. Is it possible to have the plans of case for personnal print ?

    "Mi piace"

  22. oj / Mar 8 2012 05:17

    Really awesome design!!! Looking forward to getting one! Any thoughts about slot for GPIO connector?

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 8 2012 09:05

      Not in this version. Maybe in a future version. This case was born as my own case, and I’ll never use GPIO ports. 😉

      "Mi piace"

  23. Colin / Mar 7 2012 21:05

    I am extremely impressed by your elegant, minimalist case design! I will definitely order one once you’ve made them available after testing with an actual board.

    Have you considered contacting the Raspberry Pi foundation after your design is finalized? It would be wonderful if they were to use your design for the official case offered later in the year.

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 9 2012 16:40

      Dear Colin,
      of course I contacted the foundation. And anyway they do know this project (as they retweeted my tweeted announces). And if it’s wonderful for you… I let you imagine how it would be for me.
      But sorry, no answers at the moment. I can also imagine them to be extremely busy these incredible days with the management of the board distribution.

      Let’s seat and wait… 😉

      "Mi piace"

      • Colin / Mar 11 2012 00:55

        Glad to hear it 🙂 Thanks for replying and good luck!

        "Mi piace"

  24. Gs59 / Mar 7 2012 17:33


    Great. Verry good job. There is no way to have plans to print directly oneself the case (I have my own 3D printer) ? I can make my own case plans, but it can not be also perfect. I expected my Raspberry Pi model forward.

    "Mi piace"

  25. giuseppe / Mar 7 2012 15:54

    bella idea complimenti
    appena riesco a comperare il mini pc sarebbe bello avere questo case

    giuseppe da napoli

    "Mi piace"

  26. rogazione / Mar 7 2012 10:51

    Wonderful device and very pride to see that the case is made in Italy.

    "Mi piace"

  27. dane / Mar 7 2012 01:31

    Thumbs up. Great job man.

    "Mi piace"

  28. Mike / Mar 6 2012 20:44


    Your design is beautiful as well as elegant. I am not an artist, but the details that you put into this design, such as the vent holes inside the design of the strawberry logo are both intelligent and functional. Very nice design overall. I hope to purchase one of these little babies when you have made your final adjustments and make them available.

    Thank you for sharing your process.


    "Mi piace"

  29. This is a very nice, elegant, and smooth design. Definitely my favorite so far. I am very tempted to have it made at Shapeways, but am concerned about it not being ready yet. Will you post back here and let us know if it fits when your Pi arrives? Waiting on mine as well, should be a couple months.

    "Mi piace"

    • Almost forgot: I have a couple of suggestions. One other person had suggested making holes on the bottom so it could be mounted to a surface. How about making recesses for rubber feet as well? Also, side ventilation may be a good idea as well, as I’m not sure how hot the machine gets yet. Maybe something similar to the ventilation of the Seagate Dockstar? Image:

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  30. nicveronese / Mar 6 2012 16:47

    Ciao, hai fatto un ottimo lavoro. Oggi ho ordinato la mia, anche se arriverà tra un paio di mesi…
    Vorrei chiederti una cosa, per le usb “sporgenti”, non potresti allargare il case, mantendo la ethernet cosi com’è? Magari creando una sorta di “onda”. ho visto una cosa simile in alcuni portatili…

    "Mi piace"

  31. Rainbow Blallo (@saliguori) / Mar 6 2012 14:56

    Sarebbe possibile renderlo trasparente? 😀

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 6 2012 15:19

      Shapeways mette a disposizione anche materiali trasparenti. Sono generalmente un po’ più costosi, e per natura del processo non perfettamente trasparenti, ma con un po’ di lavoro di lucidatura (carta vetrata+polish) i risultati potrebbero ritenersi soddisfacenti.

      "Mi piace"

  32. Wolfgang / Mar 6 2012 00:11

    Really beautiful!

    Now I want a Rasperry Pi 🙂

    "Mi piace"

  33. Tom West / Mar 5 2012 22:41

    I like this case!
    Minor sugegstion: include the standard symbols for each port on the case, if possible.

    "Mi piace"

  34. dk47 / Mar 5 2012 19:17

    Great job. The only things I like to see added to your case are 2 holes for screwing the unit to the desk. We are considering deploying a few hundreds of these devices in a rural third world school. It would be nice it we can prevent the devices from “walking”, since they are so temptingly small to fit in a pocket. Any suggestion.

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 5 2012 21:57

      Thank you. You are making me think about a different bottom side so that the user can choose… Stay tuned! 🙂

      "Mi piace"

  35. Iván Juárez / Mar 4 2012 22:04

    I can’t wait to buy this! Great design!

    "Mi piace"

  36. Jason aka Baron Rocket / Mar 4 2012 16:55

    Incredible work, looks amazing, can’t wait until we can buy the finished article. Simple yet beautiful, well done.

    "Mi piace"

  37. Arno Princecston Pan / Mar 3 2012 07:12

    Great design. Looking forward to see it printed. Goshes, I think we all couldn’t buy a Raspberry Pi. Keep the designing flowing! 😀

    "Mi piace"

  38. Rickyx / Mar 2 2012 16:37

    Visto che alla board mancano i fori, non prevedi un metodo di fissaggio?


    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 2 2012 21:21

      Grazie. 😉
      Non ho previsto fissaggi: il dispositivo è talmente piccolo che potrebbe bastare un pezzetto di nastro biadesivo.

      "Mi piace"

      • nicveronese / Mar 6 2012 16:49

        Io li metterei, o almeno farei un modello di una struttura per attaccarlo dietro al monitor al posto della staffa…

        "Mi piace"

  39. Stephan / Mar 2 2012 14:41

    looking at a picture of the board ( it seems to me like there are actually 2 holes to fix it to the case.
    Nice case though (and render of it!), looking forward to see the final design!
    Do you have any idea what shapeways is going to charge for it?

    "Mi piace"

  40. pedrolara / Mar 2 2012 13:13

    That’s funny: I had also the idea of making a case for the raspberry. My initial designs were not to far of your final results, but it looks much more impressive . Great work !

    "Mi piace"

  41. James (@Methanoid) / Mar 2 2012 10:15

    Please tell me we dont have to make this ourselves ??

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 2 2012 22:37

      At the moment Shapeways will do, unless someone do have suggestions for alternatives.

      "Mi piace"

  42. James (@Methanoid) / Mar 2 2012 10:15

    Looks fabulous… who will be selling this? Of all the Google’d case designs this was by far the smartest!

    "Mi piace"

  43. Vicente / Mar 1 2012 12:01

    ¿donde se podrá comprar? Grazie

    "Mi piace"

  44. Pyrox / Mar 1 2012 00:47

    Complimenti. Spero di riucire a prendere sia il pi che il case prima o poi 🙂

    "Mi piace"

  45. Sergey / Mar 1 2012 00:17

    Great work, Marco! I sent you a question over twitter but you supposedly didn’t see it.
    I have two particular suggestions to your design. One is that you could make the case a little longer to cover USB ports which makes Ethernet port a inset into the body. But since you don’t use it as much as USB it’s fine. And since a latching tab of a connector is faced to the bottom of the board you can even make a cut to let it be used easily and I think it could play nicely with the design of your case.
    Second thing is minor but it would be great if you could do a trapezium-shaped hole for a HDMI connector, like this one for example:

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Mar 1 2012 09:24

      I studied the option to cover the USB connector, but I found it isn’t so good. Furthermore the connector is fixed to PCB, the case usually doesn’t work for it.

      For the HDMI, that would be a good idea. I planned to tune the design having the real board on my hand, but unfortunately this is not the case at the moment, as the first batch is sold out.
      Thank you!

      "Mi piace"

  46. Marco Alici / Feb 29 2012 23:29

    I updated the post adding the links to the models on

    "Mi piace"

  47. Raspberry Pi Fan / Feb 29 2012 16:08

    Splendid !!!

    I’ll be waiting this wonderful product.


    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Feb 29 2012 23:28

      I’m waiting for the first printed model, but unfortunately I couldn’t buy a board (sold out in half a day!) to test the case, so I can’t release it yet! 😦

      "Mi piace"

  48. Chris / Feb 29 2012 14:48

    Beautiful job!

    "Mi piace"

  49. bob down / Feb 29 2012 04:34

    nice work !

    "Mi piace"

  50. Giuseppe / Feb 29 2012 00:22

    veramente ottimo lavoro! complimenti Marco! ma lo produrrai?

    "Mi piace"

    • Marco Alici / Feb 29 2012 23:25

      Grazie. Per ora l’idea è di renderlo acquistabile su

      "Mi piace"

      • ceglieterrestre / Giu 25 2013 11:16

        Ciao Mà’ mo ce so ariuscita, me perdo sempre tutti l’indirizzi. Vabbè nun è corpa mia so sortanto ‘n po cucca. N’arincresce che quello che fai nun so bona a commentà tecnicamente. fai ‘na bona giornata, ricca de serenità e inventa quarcosa puro pe la mì’ vecchiaja ciao 😉

        "Mi piace"


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