Dec.23, 2012

The awesome $35 Raspberry Pi provides so many possibilities for hackers and makers. Nathan Morgan, an enthusiastic maker decided to build a mobile Raspberry Pi that he can take wherever he goes. And he named it Pi-to-Go.

With the help of Google sketchup and a 3D printer the Pi-to-Go has got a 3D printed case, which consists of:

  • bottom base
  • left cover (access door)
  • right cover
  • LCD screen assembly
  • back access door cover

The parts were 3D printed and assembled together (except the back access door) by four screws. The case packs a Model B version 1 Raspberry Pi, a 3.5" LCD screen with 640 x 480 pixels resolutions, a mini wireless 2.4Ghz USB QWERTY Keyboard & Touchpad mouse. The Raspberry Pi itself has 256MB memory and Morgan added a 64GB Samsung SATA II SSD so that he has enough space for storing files. The Pi-to-Go has also a 4GB SD card, build-in WiFi and Bluetooth and a rechargeable battery which could last 10 hours. The battery is taken from a Dell Latitude D600 laptop and has a standard Dell 9 pin battery connector. Morgan bought an after market laptop battery charger and connect it directly to the battery's 9 pin connector for charging.

If you add the prices in the parts list, the total cost for the build is only about $390, not included the 3D printed case.

Morgen published the complete instruction on how to build this Pi-to-go computer and the links to purchase all the parts needed and the links to download the 3D printed files for the cases on parts-people.com. You can also download the files for 3D printing the cases on Thingiverse.

 

 

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