A Cyclopic LCD Case For Your Raspberry Pi Server

If you’ve got a personal website that needs hosting or a few hundred gigabytes of files that could use a centralized storage location, the Raspberry Pi’s small size and extreme energy efficiency make it a compelling server choice compared to that curbside Pentium 4 box you’ve been trying to find a home for. All you need is something to put in.

Of course there’s no shortage of Pi case designs ready to be extruded from your 3D printer, but we recently found ourselves particularly taken with this unique one designed by [Ken Segler]. It’s not only small and sleek with a dash of futuristic flair, but it includes a front-mounted two inch 240 x 320 IPS display that connects to the Pi over SPI. At the minimum that gives you a way to see all those beautiful boot messages on startup, but with a little code, it could provide you with various system statics and status messages at a glance.

While the LCD is clearly the star of the show here, the case also has a few other nice features that make it worthy of your consideration. The magnetically attached fan filter on the the top, for one. The stacked layout that puts the Pi directly above the SSD also makes for a relatively compact final product.

One thing to note though is that [Ken] is using Power-over-Ethernet, meaning there’s no spot for a dedicated power jack on the case. It’s an easy enough feature to add into your own build, but naturally not everyone’s network is suitably equipped. In that case, beyond the normal annoyances of editing STL files, it shouldn’t be too much trouble to add one in without having to literally hack your way through the printed plastic.

20 thoughts on “A Cyclopic LCD Case For Your Raspberry Pi Server

      1. Yea, I looked at the PSU, and it is severely under current and voltage. Unfortunately, it has caused some heat damage to the Pi itself. I’ve moved everything to a spare Pi and fresh power supply and things look much happier now.

    1. I typically get years of uptime. They do tend to eat SD Cards though… And that’s what takes’em down. A quick re-image and they are back up (I keep an up to date enough sd card image backup for each of them). The new sata setup should fix my only reliability problem with them. I would suggest checking your power supply as these things should be Rock solid as long as you have a good power supply.

  1. I am missing in this design a massive kill switch. Just joking. I like more the minimal cubic design of the Nano Pi. Imaging pointing to a tiny cube and saying “that is the server hosting of my webpage”. I would buy a Nano Pi if it wasn’t made in China.

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