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Steampunk Lasercut Enclosure for Raspberry Pi

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Steampunk Lasercut Enclosure for Raspberry Pi

Learn how to laser cut enclosures for a Raspberry Pi with the Steampunk design.

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Having access to a laser cutter makes it possible to design custom enclosures. This one is for a Raspberry Pi in a Steampunk design:

Steampunk Enclosure

Steampunk enclosure

The box is for a Raspberry Pi with an NXP tinyK22 board and a battery backup (see “Building a Raspberry Pi UPS and Serial Login Console with tinyK22 (NXP K22FN512)“).

Open Box

Open box

The box is made of 4 mm birch plywood, then painted with walnut stain.

The rubber feet on the bottom are more for practical usage, maybe I replace them with a plywood version:

Bottom Side

Bottom side

All the USB and the network port are still usable from the outside:

Side with network and USB ports

Side with network and USB ports

Same for the USB Power connectors and the video port on the back side:

Backside with power and video port

Backside with power and video port

An opening on the bottom side gives access to the microSD card:

Gears

Gears with microSD card access

Turning the knob on the center of the front plate moves the gears and opens up the box:

Open Box

Open box

The gears have a bit of high friction, so I have to be careful not to apply to much force. But I’m very happy with how it works right now.

With the box open, it gives access to the two USB ports of the tinyK22:

Open Box with USB Ports

Open box with USB ports

The cover includes a sliding door to give access to the LCD and the navigation/joystick inside:

Sliding top door

Sliding top door

The design has been created with Inkscape, and then sent to the laser cutter using LightBurn. If anyone is interested, I have put the design files on GitHub.

Happy enclosing!

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