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Raspberry Pi Enclosure v2 Assembly

How to assemble v2 of the Raspberry Pi enclosure included in the Maker Shed Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.

Raspberry Pi Enclosure v2 Assembly

How to assemble the enclosure that’s included in the Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.

Steps

Step #1:

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  • Make sure you have everything needed for assembly. The bag of parts should include six blue acrylic pieces, four nuts, and four bolts.
  • Your parts may have a different etching, but don't worry, they'll fit together just as well.
  • If you have nine acrylic pieces and no nuts or bolts, you have v1 of the enclosure. See assembly instructions here.

Step #2:

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  • Fit the small acrylic piece with "LAN" and "USB" etched in it onto the PCB as shown, with the text facing out.
  • Now slide the bottom piece (the one with the URLs) into the two small cutouts of the side piece, with the text facing out.
  • The SD Card slot on the opposite side of the PCB should rest on the bottom piece.
  • If you'd like to use the Raspberry Pi Cobbler with your Pi, install it now.

Step #3:

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  • Hold the assembly in one hand, and slide the top piece into place with the other, with the text facing up.
  • This piece is optional, but we recommend you use it, since it will add substantial structural support to the whole enclosure. If you want to go on without it (you can always add it later), skip this step.

Step #4:

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  • Now add the other small side piece - the one with "Make: Pi," "SD" and "PWR" etched on it. Again, the text should face out.
  • Make sure the two small sides are parallel to each other. There should be very little wiggle room for the PCB.

Step #5:

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  • Next, add the larger side piece with "AUDIO" and "VIDEO" etched on it to the enclosure. Snap it into place!
  • If you have a Pi Cobbler installed, slide the ribbon cable into the cutout on the right side of this piece before snapping it into place.
  • Now add the final side piece. As always, the text should face out.

Step #6:

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  • Now it's time to fasten everything together! Hold the enclosure on its side and insert one of the nuts. Insert a bolt through one of the side pieces and screw it in. Repeat this four times to assemble the whole box.
  • If one of the nuts falls into the enclosure, don't worry. You should be able to guide it out through one of the holes.

Step #7:

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That\'s it! Enjoy your Raspberry Pi.

Eric Weinhoffer

Eric is a Product Development Engineer at MAKE. He creates kits and sources products for sale in the Maker Shed, focusing primarily on manufacturing. Occasionally he writes about cool things for the blog and magazine.


Comments

  1. tserreyn says:

    my board did not have the holes fully punched out on the hdmi board. when trying to get them to punch out, board broke.

    1. Eric Weinhoffer says:

      Hi tserreyn,

      I’m sorry to hear that! Would you mind sending me an email with your address at eric@makermedia.com and I’ll get a new one sent to you?

      1. Roo says:

        my board did not have the holes fully punched out on the hdmi board. when trying to get them to punch out, board broke and I also tried to email here eric@makermedia.com and I didn’t get any response.

  2. Twisty says:

    Unable to fit the LAN/USB side over tge USB port of the Pi. The flange to three left and right on the port are wider than the hole for USB.

    1. Eric Weinhoffer says:

      Hi Twisty,

      Can you email me (eric@makermedia.com) with a photo of your enclosure to illustrate the problem you’re having? I’d be happy to help you work through this.

      Thanks,
      Eric

  3. Sekhar says:

    Nice assembly, the box enclosure really looks for this device.

  4. Shovik says:

    My board also did not have the holes fully punched out, but my holes weren’t punched out on the small Make:Pi piece.

    1. Eric Weinhoffer says:

      Please email me — eric@makermedia.com

  5. Clark says:

    Awesome! Raspian rocks! We ported all our 2.6.21 code, libusb, built our codebase and were up in an afternoon! Didn’t expect such a tight Linux distro, nice job rPi team! And nice job Maker Shed et al for the kit that got us over the hump!

  6. rhs says:

    My enclosure kit only contains five acrylic pieces. From the description, it sounds as if I’m missing the bottom side of the box.

    1. Hi RHS,

      Would you mind sending me an email describing the problem at eric@makermedia.com ?

      Thanks,
      Eric

  7. I have the same issue as RHS has, I am missing the bottom piece with the web addresses on them. I was a bit surprised to see it not included.

    1. Eric Weinhoffer says:

      Hi Caleb,

      Please send me your address at eric@makermedia.com and I’ll get a piece sent to you!

      Eric

  8. Oscar Campos says:

    Mine didn’t have the holes in it either.

    1. Eric Weinhoffer says:

      Hi Oscar,

      Please email me at eric@makermedia.com with a description of the piece that’s giving you trouble and an address I can send another one to.

      Thanks,
      Eric

  9. Stephen says:

    Great Instructions. Enclosure assembled with no problems. Now pon to the booting!

  10. Kenneth Gabriel says:

    my board did not have the holes punched out on one of the boards. I have sent an email on 8/31/2013 with a picture and have not heard back yet .

    1. Eric Weinhoffer says:

      Hi Kenneth,

      Would you mind re-sending the email to me, along with a photo of the failed part and your mailing address? eric@makermedia.com

      Thanks!

  11. David DeMoss says:

    My starter kit just arrived. The 6 acrylic pieces have contact paper attached that will not come off. I thought the pieces were suppose to be transparent so you could see the pi through the clear acrylic. Am I missing something here?

    1. Hi David! The paper will definitely come off but it may require the use of your nail or a hobby knife. Hope that helps!

  12. Werner says:

    Looks good! Thanks for this tutorial.

  13. Your fresh take in this material has a lot of thought-provoking ideas that really took me by surprise. I share your thoughts on many points. You really made me think.

  14. cyber.engineer says:

    I had to break one of the tabs off to put the box together. It did not weaken the box but it is being cut too close to the board side. I used a Dremel to get the USB and Lan connector to fit. As an engineer, I would feel better with more height between the bottom of the raspberry PI board and the nuts that secure the top and bottom to the side. I have about 1/16 of an inch clearance on the RCA Video connector and the nut… Too close for my liking.

  15. cyber.engineer says:

    To clarify 1/16 between the bottom of the board and one of the RCA Video pins.: