Below are the instruction on how to create your own free
Raspberry Pi Cardboard case.
Please choose between the following PDF downloads
For the Basic Outline design: Raspberry Pi Oven Window Case (outline with logo)
For the full colour design: Raspberry Pi Oven Window Case (full colour with logo)
If you want to print or draw your own design then here's a blank version.
For the Blank Outline design: Raspberry Pi Oven Window Case (outline only, no logo)
Once the download is complete you will need to print it at 100% scale (not fit to page) and I'd recommend card around the same thickness as a standard business.
1. Begin cutting out around the shape with a pair of scissors or a paper knife keeping as close to the external lines as possible.
2. Once the complete shape has been cut out you can then easily snip off the angled lines on the flaps.
3. Use something to score the fold marks (I used a speaker jack which did not cut the paper and made a nice ridge that was easy to fold), don't fold anything just yet though.
4. Before you can fold you should cut out the holes in the design so that the connections are accessible to the Raspberry Pi.
TIP: When you come to cut out the circles I made a small incision each time and continued right around until the circle was complete.
5. Cut out your lid design carefully making sure not to tear the card.
6. You should be able to fold the design where you created the score marks.
7. Next, cut-out the template on the original sheet you printed off, this will be used to create a base as well as the "window" to the top of the box.
TIP: I used the corrugated cardboard from a juice box for the base and for the window I used a clear thick plastic A4 paper wallet
8. Use the template to draw the rectangle around a piece of cardboard. You should use approximately 4mm thick cardboard to get the holes to line up properly.
9. Use the cut-out template as a rough guide (but don't cut the template) to draw an insert, this helps the SD card clearance under the Raspberry Pi board
10. Use the template again for cutting out the "window" which will be placed on the underside of the lid.
TIP: Make sure that you cut inside your trace marks to allow for better fitting.
11. For the window apply the glue (I used All Purpose Bostik) to the back of the lid (use only small amounts) and place the transparent plastic on the underside putting a little pressure at each place you've glued.
TIP: I placed a heavy book on the lid to make sure the glue had a good hold on the clear plastic
12. Put a small amount of glue on each flaps and work your way around the box sticking it together.
13. Pop the base in (making sure you have the cut-out facing the right way for the SD card).
14. The Raspberry Pi should slip in with the USB block going first. It's a little tight but you shouldn't have any problems once you've got things lined up.
15. Pop the lid down and insert the two closing flaps.
16. Connect all of the required cables and power on your Raspberry Pi
The design is free to use for all (including commercial) so long as the credits are shown, if you make any changes then you can redistribute.
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If you've created your own "Oven Window" design then please send us a picture with your name and any website link if you have one and we'll include it on this page (below).
Sin City by James
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