Introduction: Raspberry Pi B+ Case, Quick and Cheap

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Welcome to my first instructable.

How to make a Case for that new Raspberry Pi B+ for ~ $2

Step 1: Supplies and Tools

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Supplies:

Ace hardware Mini Utility Box- http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?produ...

Tools:

Needle Nose Pliars

Jewelry files

Metal Sawzall blade with handle

Exacto type knife

Dremel Tool with cutoff wheels (#420)

Step 2: Dry Fit.

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Since the box that is suggested has partitions cast inside that will need to be removed the first steps will be to lay to Raspberry Pi b+ (RPb+) in the box. Making sure that the board does not overlap the sides of the box (ok for ports to overlap sides).

Step 3: Mark Your Cuts.

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Once the Board is placed and held in the box mark the edges of the board so you will know where to cut.

Step 4: Start Your Cuts.

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Cut the Partitions vertically where you marked. I used the Sawzall for this step.

Step 5: Dremel Horizontally

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Now, Take the dremel tool and Cut the bottom so that the box can be deep enough to hold the RPb+. The Plastic will melt so try not to stay in the same area too long unless you want a pool of plastic in and around the cut.

Step 6: Clean Dremel

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As I said, the Plastic will melt. Since the dremel is spining in hot plastic you will end up with poly strings wrapped around your shaft. Just Cut them loose.

Step 7: Cut and Gross

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The plastic melted and did not leave a clean edge.

Step 8: Clean Up the Melty Mess

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Go Over you cuts and clean the up as much of the plastic mess as possible.

Step 9: Dry Fit Again

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Dry Fit the RPb+ again. Mark where the holes will go.

Step 10: Cut the Port Holes

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I used a hot exacto for this step. I did not get any pictures of it because was playing with fire. Just heat the exacto blade over a open flame. You can jam it in the plastic once it is hot and it will melt/cut it like butter.

Step 11: Clean Up the Port Holes

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I went thru and files the edges of the port holes. The Hot knife method of cutting plastic does not make for straight clean cuts.

Step 12: Dry Fit, Mark Cut Again

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Dry fit the board again. This time marking the USB and network port. Cut using the Hot knife or the dremel tool.

Step 13: It Fits.

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Woo hoo. After lots more dry fitting and cutting it fits. Just keep testing till you get it to fit.

Step 14: Cut So Fits.

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I forgot to cut space for the SD card. So now I am doing that.

Step 15: Done.

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Done Picture. I did not attach the RPb+ to the inside of the box in anyway. I just am using it for protection while I decide what to do with this one. If you would like to attache it I was thinking hot glue or nuts and bolts.

Thanks and have fun!

Comments

ChinaMike (author)2016-06-14

I have seen plastic boxes like that without the separators. Not to diss your hard work, but I think you could get an "empty" box, fill it with that black stiff foam rubber like they have in gun cases, cut to size and for outlets, and THEN cut the exit holes as you did. Question: Why didn't you use the Dremel wheel for the outside cuts?

Regardless, not a bad first instructable! :D

AlexS1 made it! (author)2014-08-26

i used a really simple box 0.3L for mine the box only cost me 25p and some velcro to keep it in place, i have nano wireless usb still so i have no need for the Rj-45 connection this is why for me this box was idea for.

theazhapadean (author)2014-08-19

Thanks.

seamster (author)2014-08-18

Nice work. Cutting away little bits of plastic like that has always been a challenge to me. It's always been messy and never looked as good as I wanted. But your finished case looks pretty good! Thanks for sharing this.

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