Grate Design On This Cutting Edge Raspberry Pi Case

Love ’em or hate ’em, you’ve got to hand it to Apple: they really know how to push people’s buttons with design. Their industrial designers can make a product so irresistible – and their marketing team can cannonball the hype train sufficiently – that people will stand in line for days to buy a new product, and shell out unfathomable amounts of money for the privilege.

But what if you’re a poor college student without the budget for such treasures of industrial design? Simple – you take matters into your own hands and stuff a Raspberry Pi into a cheese grater. That’s what a group of engineering students from the University of Aveiro in Portugal called [NeRD-AETTUA] did, in obvious homage to the world’s most expensive cheese grater. The video below for the aptly named RasPro is somewhat less slick that Apple’s promos for the Mac Pro, but it still gets the basics across. Like the painstakingly machined brushed aluminum housing on the Mac, the IKEA cheese grater on the RasPro is just a skin. It covers a 3D-printed chassis that houses a beefy power supply and fan to go along with the Raspberry Pi 3. There’s also a speaker for blasting the tunes, which seems to be the primary use for the RasPro.

All things considered, the cheese grater design isn’t really that bad a form factor for a Pi case. If that doesn’t appeal, though, take your pick: laser-cut plywood, an Altoids tin, or even inside your PC.

35 thoughts on “Grate Design On This Cutting Edge Raspberry Pi Case

    1. Offcorse. Contrarie to the majority thinking , water is not enemy of electronics. Warm water and soap will clean any scraps of cheese .
      You should guarantie that RasPro is dry before you power on :)

  1. Thanks for the link to the Mac Pro, I don’t follow Mac to closely, it certainly is a well made presentation, and the machine looks like it will really kick butt. I’m sitting down, so if someone knows what the price will be, go ahead and post it. B^)

      1. More like 4x32gb of video memory. Worst case of the cards working togheter all memory needs to be duplicated giving 32gb of usable memmory. Still many graphics workloads could be separated to give loads of usable memmory but 4×32 is still less than 128 from a practical point

  2. 1. The plastic being used by the printer is not rated for DSR.

    2. The ground pin of the AC receptacle should be bonded to the grater.

    3. Should not be used to grate cheese while connected to AC mains; but this is HaD, so do it.

  3. When under heavy load, the processor may begin to reach unacceptably high temperatures. To alleviate this, the user should procure some well-chilled very sharp cheddar from their refrigerator and rub vigorously against the holes on the same side as the processor die. Continue until processor temperature returns to a nominal figure, and collect the exhaust dripping out the bottom of the unit on a plate of nachos or perhaps some piping-hot enchiladas.

    This thermal management mechanism represents a massive improvement upon the previous mac pro design, in which the user was required to stuff used tissues and other refuse into the top orifice of the wastebasket-shaped unit until it caught fire and reached its designed end-of-life.

  4. Neat, but I would have done it slightly differently, don’t modify the cheese grater in any way, have the PS connector on the top of the device and the ports on the bottom, tie the power cord around the handle when you plug it in and hang it from the ceiling. (Just make sure the computer doesn’t fall out of the grater!)

  5. there the sime kind of project for the trashcan however, the clustered Pi’s trashcan was really great. I can’t find it anymore, there are lot of copycats but a lot less polished and organized than the DIYed version I have seen 5 years ago.

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