Mar 24, 2016

Homemade Astro Pi Cases Take Twitter by Storm

Since the release of the STL files for the Astro Pi flight case, makers have been sharing pictures of their homemade cases to Twitter.

Last month, the Raspberry Pi foundation released a guide to 3D printing your very own Astro Pi flight case. There was so much excitement about the machined aluminum flight case — specially designed to protect the Raspberry Pi unit on its voyage into space — people were clamoring for the STL files to 3D print their very own.

Since the files were released, some amazing homemade versions have now appeared on twitter.  Examples range from rainbow colored flight cases, to glow-in-the-dark, to metallic silver and bright orange. Here’s a selection of our favorites that were shared to Twitter.

1. Rainbow Astro Pi

@astro_timpeake Tim, our rainbow @astro_pi is ready for coding challenge. #principia inspiring future generations.

— Kacey-Kristi-Lance (@kaceyandkristi) March 4, 2016

2. Glow-in-the-Dark Astro Pi

The @astro_pi case in all its glory and luminescence

— Jonny Teague (@jonny_teague) March 2, 2016

3. Orange Astro Pi

Found an excellent 3D printing shop in Singapore. Spent an hour talking about @astro_pi and they gave me this!

— John Chinner (@JohnChinner) February 24, 2016

4. Black Astro Pi with Red Buttons

@astro_pi 90% complete,few more parts and will be clone of @astro_pi_ir that @astro_timpeake has on

— Mac the Hat (@ObiWanMacJock) February 23, 2016

5. Metallic Silver Astro Pi

Some more pics of our operational 3D printed @astro_pi flight case.

— Richard Hayler ☀ (@rdhayler) February 9, 2016

The Raspberry Pi Foundation are so pleased with the results, they’ve encouraged the community to go even further and hack the design. Using applications like TinkerCAD, a simple and free in-browser modeling program, it should be a piece of cake to add your own modifications to the case. Check out the ALL3DP tutorial on creating a name-tag in TinkerCAD for pointers on getting started.

Happy hacking!


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