The newest Raspberry Pi enclosure is here, and trust us, it's tough. The TuxCase from Tux-Lab is a nice snug enclosure for Raspberry Pi boards that is machined out of a chunk of 6061 extruded aluminum bar stock. A .118" thick acrylic cover protects the top side of the board while letting you see the status LEDs and providing access to things like the Ethernet, HDMI, and audio jacks. Of course there are openings milled out for the USB 2.0 and micro connectors so you can easily connect power to the board in the enclosure.
Six 4-40 screws are included for attaching the Raspberry Pi board to the enclosure and for securing the acrylic cover. If you want to easily be able to remove your Raspberry Pi from the enclosure, there is an acrylic floor spacer that also comes available with the TuxCase. Also, there are four additional mounting hole drilled and chamfered at 100 degrees into the base of the enclosure to secure your Pi to any surface.
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Nice and sturdy case, and it looks good. The mounting holes in the back are another great feature, and this can serve as the bottom part of a taller box, should there be expansion cards on the R.Pi inside -- the 4/40 threaded holes at the corners makes it possible to mount an extension securely.
However, the shape of some of the openings ought to have been slightly different: there is a lot of extra hole for the SD card and the network connector, but the HDMI is recessed a little too deep or comes out a little to narrow, so that a regular plug doesn't go all the way in, and the power inlet slot is beyond plenty tall but not quite wide enough for the plugs on many micro-usb cables.
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The only way for this product to be more over the top is to make it in 6 different anodized finishes. That way you can not only buy an over engineered case for your Pi, but you can collect all the colors! i bow and scrape to the people at Tux-Lab for having the stones to do this.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! A $33 box for a $35 computer (that costs $40) and still no power supply. Oh, the wild and wacky world of Pi !
BTW, I say this with love - I own 2 of the little beasts, plus a gertboard, a raspirobot board and the acrylic enclosure, so please don't take me for a hater. I'm just amused as heck by the philosophic contradictions.
Any word on whether there will be a B+ version of this case? These cases have kept my Pi's well protected on the workbench.
This little case is awesome, I got it to go with the Pi I keep on my workbench and it works great for keeping it put and safe. The quality is outstanding and there is great access to the IO. It gets pretty hot when the Pi has been running for a while, but it's nothing to be worried about.
how does this look with this cable it looks like it might bend too sharply going out the hole
Not that I need it, but the link to the CAD files is dead!
Whoops. Append .zip to the end of the link until fixed :)
Good catch, thanks!