Introduction: DIY Raspberry Pi 3 Gaming Station
This is my custom built Raspberry Pi 3 Gaming Station I built into a Pelican case I had left over from my boombox projects.Inside the case is the Raspberry Pi 3, a 10.1" screen adhered to a 2mm thick piece of plexiglass, a DC converter board to bring down the power from 19v to 5v, a small 6w audio board, 2 hifi speakers, and a spare laptop charger for the power supply. This took me roughly 3 days to build from start to finish as the cutting of the plexiglass was very long and tedious work as it had a tendency to shatter with too much pressure.
So to get started, you'll need:
1 x Raspberry Pi 3
1 x DC step down board
1 x 10.1" screen
1 x 3x3w audio board and speakers
1 x power supply
1 x Panel mount Cat5 connector (for easy updates)
2 x USB panel mount connectors
1 x HDMI cable
1 x 5v fan to cool the pi
Step 1: Bottom Panel
The bottom panel is the easiest place for all of the brains for the system. It's fairly simple to assemble. The top left is the Raspberry Pi with the DC converter board just below it. I cut a micro usb power supply and wired it into the outgoing posts to provide the required 5v. I've also wired the audio board in along with the Pi on the same posts. For the screen power supply I wired it on the input side of the converter board as it has an operating power range of 3v-24v.
For the speakers I traced them out in the upper corners and marked where to drill holes to allow air flow. Be careful during this step because as the drill bit heats up from drilling several holes your chances of cracking the plexiglass are very high. To adhere the speakers to the plexiglass panel I used double sided tape around the edges to hold it in place and then hot glued around the speakers for a better hold.
Step 2: Fitting the Screen
The screen was fairly easy to install in the box. As you can see, it's attached to a 2mm piece of plexiglass by way of double sided tape. The hardest part is going to be cutting the plexiglass and making sure it fits inside the lid of the case but not too tight as to cause bowing. After I was finished cutting, I adhered the screen and then carefully drilled 4 holes to hold it in place on the lid.
Step 3: Polish/Clean Up and Enjoy
It's an easy project to do if you have the right tools. I used a Dremel and a Drill for the most part. If you have patience this is a very easy and fun project to do, I'll link my YouTube video below that goes into greater detail in building it. If you have any questions or would like me to expand upon this instructable then please comment below and I'll add comentary or pictures where need be.
Video to how to build this system:
Video with helpful program setup and links:
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