Enhance your custom electronics with 3d printing!
The best thing about 3d printing is the endless possibilities of building customised stuff. Another big friend of home-built project is the most famous mini computer of tinkerers: the Raspberry Pi. Seriously, this little gadget just screams for 3d printing.
Most people start by making a custom case for their beloved Pi. It’s like playing dress-up with this tiny computer! Sure, you can buy the official case, or one from ebay for a few bucks, but where’s the fun in that? You can choose from hundreds of existing models, or you may even design your own custom case. It can be sleek and elegant, minimal, or fancy or it may look like an old NES console. A baby sized one! (see the picture above) You may even download any simple model and redesign it to match your taste.
But cases aren’t just for looks and protection. They can incorporate several additional hardware, like a camera, a monochrome or colour screen, or even a 2.5 inch SSD drive.
But of course the real fun lies in the more complex projects like printing and assembling a tiny camera which can directly upload the snapped pictures, or a tiny mediacenter, with custom speaker boxes.
There are some neat laptop-style cases, equipped with batteries, screen, and everything fit for a tiny mobile office.
If you’re into retro gaming and want something more stylish than just a naked Pi, with a bunch of cables tucked in, then heat up the extruder and feast your eyes on the hundreds of already built projects, you can choose from.
You can print and build an oldschool arcade cabinet, or if you’re more of a mobile person, you can make a high-tech replica of the 90s gaming hit, the GameBoy, with colour screen and storage for thousands of games, or you can even build your own “real” BMO console from the CN series Adventure Time.
For more inspiration check out this awesome collection!