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Official Raspberry Pi Case starts at $8.59

Jun 16, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 2,478 views

The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the first official case for the Raspberry Pi, which exposes all ports and features a clip-on lid for adding HATs.

A variety of third-party enclosures for the Raspberry Pi have become available over the years, but the vendors no doubt realized the Raspberry Pi Foundation would eventually build one of their own. The time has come, with the unveiling of the “Official Raspberry Pi Case.”

Pi Foundation director of software Gordon Hollingworth announced the case today with a lengthy description of the project, which took over two years to come to fruition. The case sells for 6 Pounds ($9.40) in the UK, or $8.59 at MCM Electronics, the only North American distributor among three that have so far launched sales. This compares with third-party plastic cases that sell for as little as $7.

Official Raspberry Pi Case with (left) and without removable lid
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The injected molded plastic case is notable for offering an easily removable clip-on lid. The lid enables the addition of RPi HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) add-on boards, and offers easy access to the camera and display ports.

The five-piece, 96 x 70 x 25mm case supports the Raspberry Pi Model B+ and new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. A Model A+ will fit, but the USB port is not accessible externally.

Official Raspberry Pi Case exploded view (left) and in parts
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All ports have been exposed on the sides of the device, including the microSD slot. A removable side plate provides access to the 40 expansion pins, and power and activity LEDs remain visible. The case is stabilized by four anti-slip feet.

Hollingworth describes how he and the Pi Foundation’s Eben Upton joined with Bristol, UK-based designer Kinneir Dufort to devise three prototype designs. After Kinneir Dufort developed completed 3D designs and 3D printed models, the Pi Foundation selected the “Construct” design.

Early prototypes with winning Construct design on the right (left) and Eben Upton sets to hacking (literally) on the 3D printed case
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Hollingworth and Upton then chose an injection molded manufacturer in the north of England, and spent a lot of time learning about injection molding, a process that is explained in detail in the announcement. After a year’s detour with the firm, the continuing high percentage of defects finally led them to start over with a different injection molding shop: Dudley, UK based T-Zero. They quickly came up with a polished product.

Further information

The Official Raspberry Pi Case is available for 6 Pounds in the UK at the Raspberry Pi’s Swag Store, Element14, or RS Electronics. Of the three distributors operating the U.S., as well as some other countries, only MCM Electronics was selling the case at publication time, for just $8.59. The case should show up in the new few days on Newark Element 14 and Allied. More information may be found in the Official Raspberry Pi Case blog announcement.

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2 responses to “Official Raspberry Pi Case starts at $8.59”

  1. Toni Scarfone says:

    for use as a media center (Kodi PleXBMC or RasPlex) the Flirc case is outstanding. The all metal case also serve as the heat sink.

  2. Mark says:

    I bought this case but I can not get the right screen to fit this case. Can you give me some advice about the screen of the case. I bought a 3.5# screen, but it is too big.Thanks.

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