Install Pi Standoffs

Use the following hardware for mounting the Raspberry Pi to the 3D printed case.

  • Four M2.5 x 10mm long standoffs
  • Four M2.5 x 6mm long screws
M3 sized hardware can be used but mounting holes on the Pi will need to be tapped in order to fit properly.

Add Heat Inserts to Case

Install 8x M3 inserts to the case. Inserts are heat-set into place using the tip of a soldering iron.

Check out our learn guide for creating a heat-set rig to make this process more precise and easier.

Install Handle

Secure the handle to the 3D printed case using the following hardware.

  • Four M3 x 6mm long screws
  • Four M3 hex nuts

Place the tabs from the handle over the mounting holes on the top side of the case. Insert screws and fasten hex nuts while holding in place.

Secured Handle

The handle features a hinge that is printed in place and allows it to be rotated 180 degrees. 

Button Plate Install

Use the following hardware to secure the buttons to the 3D printed plate.

  • Four M2.5 x 10mm standoffs
  • Eight M2.5 x 6mm long screws
  • Four M2.5 hex nuts

Secure the two buttons to the plate using Four M2.5 x 6mm screws and hex nuts.

Button Plate Secure

Install and fasten the standoffs to the button plate in the correct orientation.

Place the button plate inside the case with the button caps properly fitted through the cutouts.

Secure the button plate to the 3D printed plate using the remaining M2.5 screws.

Installed Buttons

Press the buttons to verify correct placement.

Install Pi

Get the Raspberry Pi ready to install into the 3D printed case.

Optionally use thumbscrews to double as feet risers for the Raspberry Pi.

Fit the Raspberry Pi into the case with the various ports fitting through the cutouts.

Secure Pi to Case

Insert and fasten the hardware to secure the standoffs from the Raspberry Pi to the case.

Install microSD card extender

Carefully insert the micro SD card extender to the slot in the Raspberry Pi.

Secure Power Button

Insert the power button through the hole on the side of the case with cables going in first.

Slip the hex nut over the cables and fasten onto the threading of the button.

Fit the hex nut into the recess inside the case and tighten the power button to secure in place.

Hardware for TFT Display

Use the following hardware to secure the TFT display to the 3D printed case.

  • Four M2.5 x 10mm long screws
  • Four M2.5 hex nuts

Install TFT Display

Orient the TFT display with the case and match the photo for correct placement.

Insert screws through the case and mounting tabs. Use hex nuts to secure the TFT display to the 3D printed case.

Secured TFT Display

Double check the protective film has been removed from the TFT display that it has been properly secured to the 3D printed case.

Install Pi Hat

Carefully press fit the Pi hat onto the GPIO headers of the Raspberry Pi.

Ensure the all of the pins are correctly fitting through the Pi hat headers. 

Connect LED for Power Button

Plug in the cable from the LED of the power button to the corresponding cable on the Pi hat.

Connect Power Button

Plug in the cable from the power button to the corresponding cable on the Pi hat.

Connect Top Buttons

Plug in the cable from the corresponding cables on the Pi hat to the JST ports on the two buttons.

Hardware for Fan

Use the following hardware to secure the 5V fan to the 3D printed side panel.

  • Four M3 x 16mm long screws
  • Four M3 hex nuts

Secure Fan to Panel

Place the 5V fan over the side panel and line up the mounting holes. Insert and fasten hex nuts to secure fan to the side panel.

Connect Fan 

Plug in the corresponding cable from the Pi hat to the 5V fan's cable.

Secure Panel to Case

Place the side panel over the mounting holes on the case.

Insert and fasten four M3 x 6mm long screws to secure the panel to the case.

Hardware for SSD mount

Use the following hardware to attach the SSD mount to the 3D printed case.

  • Four M3 x 6mm long standoffs
  • Eight M3 x 6mm long screws

Secure the standoffs to the mounting holes on the SSD mount. Then, secure the SSD mount to the SSD side panel.

Secure SSD Panel to Case

Place the panel over the mounting holes on the 3D printed case.

Secure the panel to the case using 4x M3 x 6mm long screws.

Secure SSD to mount

Orient the SSD with the connector facing the ports on the Rasberry Pi.

Slide the SSD into the mount and line up the tabs with the mounting holes on the side.

Secure the SSD to the mount using 4x M3 x 6mm long screws.

Connect SSD to USB

Plug in the SATA to USB cable from the SSD to one of the USB 3 (blue) ports on the Raspberry Pi.

If you plug the SSD into one of the USB 2 ports (the ones without the blue color), the project may work but you're not transferring data at USB 3 speeds. Use a blue USB 3 port for best results.

This guide was first published on Aug 31, 2022. It was last updated on Apr 22, 2024.

This page (Assembly) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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