How to make a Raspberry Pi Case

Step-by-Step Instructions

Individual parts broken down into short 1-3min. videos. Some with time-lapse to keep it short – but still show the techniques. (As mentioned – still work in progress, so please send any suggestions to ). The main objective here is to allow you to clearly follow the process – but – become comfortable enough with these techniques to make it your own. Good luck & happy modelling!



A quick overview of the main parts of the tutorial.


Work through a few ideas you might have in rough first. It often save time/mistakes.




Don’t worry about being too accurate – play around with different styles/materials.



Basic Template

You can also download my original layout here.



90 Degree Joint Technique

If you are new to this ‘filleting’ method, using a ruler, click here.



I’m Sticking With You…

Yup, this part takes a while, but the result is pretty unusual, I think.



Simple Window

You can always make a simple viewing window, rather than Light Pipes.



Professional Light Pipes

For the modelling connoisseur. Some useful dimensions here too.



Score & Snap

Easier than you think – and saves a lot of time once you get the hang of it.



Super Glue (Tip)

Super Glue does not stick to Insulation Tape – really handy to know for modelling.



Light Pipe Test

Gives a surprisingly large area of light – even from the tiny LEDs on the Board.




Check Before Gluing

Works of wisdom (from those who have messed up many a model in the past!)



General Assembly

Build the box around the Raspberry Pi, taking care not to burn your find your fingers!




Glue the Light Pipes to the Board surface. Adjust while glue dries. Take your time.



Power It Up!

Please let me know how you get on:




  • First featured on DesignSpark on 15th October 2012, as a challenge to make a Raspberry Pi case out of cardboard, to demonstrate basic prototyping skills.

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