It's time to look at some of the projects you've created in our latest modding competition. Last month we launched our Make Your Own Raspberry Pi Case Competition where we asked you to make your own dinky case for the Raspberry Pi computer. It's a great way to get into modding and scratchbuilds as the Pi doesn't need any cooling and is very small, so material costs and difficulty are kept to a minimum.
There's also plenty of useful info out there such as Google SketchUp renders, diagrams and blueprints to help you make your own case, and the Pi itself costs around just £30 too. We've seen similar cases built from wood or acrylic using just a Dremel and a few select attachments so you don't need anything complicated by way of tools either.
To prove it's not that difficult, here's one we made earlier - to see how we built it, take a look at Issue 116 of Custom PC, which is on sale Thursday 14th March - click to enlarge
To spur you on in your exploits we're offering prizes, courtesy of Wiley (@WileyTechUK), publishers of Raspberry Pi User Guide. It is offering a Raspberry Pi Model B and Raspberry Pi User Guide book by Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree to the winner, and user guides to 2nd and 3rd Place too.
1st Place Prize - Raspberry Pi Model B and Raspberry Pi User Guide book by Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree
2nd and 3rd place - Raspberry Pi User Guide book by Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree
See below for more information on how to enter:
Competition is now open worldwide
The maximum dimensions of the case are 150mm x 150mm x 150mm (roughly six inches cubed).
You need to allow for the various ports to be accessible
You need to be able to mount the motherboard correctly using the mounting holes (these were added on the latest Rev 2 version)
You need to create the case from scratch i.e. you can’t use an existing object unless it’s for donor parts
You need to complete your case and send us an email by the deadline (see deadlines below)
If you’re new to scratchbuilds, acrylic and wood are easy materials to work with but other ideas could include aluminium, casting resin or fiberglass. The choice is yours - you can check out some examples of cases here and don't forget the numerous guides we have in our forum.
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How to enter:
Start a project log in the normal way in our forum with ‘Rasberry Pi Competition’ at the beginning of the title e.g. Rasberry Pi Competition: Your project name
Don’t forget that as usual, if you’re just planning your project, you need to create a thread in the modding forum first. When you've actually started work, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll move it to the project log forum for you.
You must complete your case by 30th April, sending us an email with the following information:
URL link to your project log in bit-tech's project log forum
A 100-200 word summary of your case (why you chose the design, any special features your case has, are you pleased with it)
Six photos of the finished case (If you send portrait as well as landscape images, you need to include pairs of each- e.g. two portrait and four landscape not one of each or three of each)
Head over the page to see the current Raspberry Pi Case competition projects