Building better cases with a laser cutter

[Ryan] just got his Raspberry Pi, and what better way to add a new toy to your workbench than by building a case for it? Using a laser cutter and 3D printer, [Ryan] managed to make a case that is sure to be the envy of all the other tinkerers at his hackerspace.

The build started off with a piece of dark red acrylic in a laser cutter. After cutting the Raspberry Pi logo out of this acrylic, [Ryan] cut the same logo – a little bit larger – out of plywood. Because he was very careful to measure the kerf (or the width of the laser beam/saw blade/what have you), the wooded version of the Raspi logo fit snugly inside the acrylic cut out.

The sides of the enclosure are a single piece of plywood with a kerf bend, making for a very attractive rounded case. Finally, the Raspberry Pi is mounted on a Pi plate printed on a Ultimaker.

For as many builds we see using a laser cutter here on Hackaday, there’s surprisingly little information on exploiting the true potential of these machines with marquetry, intarsia, or fretwork. Enclosures are always cool, so if you have a very elegant laser cut box, send it in and we’ll put it up.

16 thoughts on “Building better cases with a laser cutter

  1. SHOPPED!

    The RaspPi is shopped into the excellent case build. I can tell by the pixels, and because they only made 7 RaspPis, and never shipped them to anyone.

      1. I got one too and I really want a case like that for it. That’s awesome.

        I would want a bit of extra space for a usb hub and wifi dongle to fit in there too tho.

    1. DHL called me yesterday to tell me that they were trying to drop mine off, but I wasn’t home to sign :-(.

      They left a note, which I signed, so hopefully it’ll be there today!

    2. I happen to know the guy who made these cases. I dont know if he has a raspberry pi, but I do know the cases were empty when he showed them to me.

  2. I hope you slapped a couple of heatsinks in there, cause from a previous post, there are a couple of spots on the board that get REAL HOT.

  3. Those cases do look gorgeous. However the fact that they’re intended to house a Raspberry Pi seems almost incidental, since the case winds up being much larger than the Pi, and doesn’t seem to have any access ports for USB and other cables…

    If you want a functional case, check out some of the many designs on Thingiverse:

    http://www.thingiverse.com/tag:Raspberry_Pi

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