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Raspberry Pi 4B Open Shield Case
August 17, 2019: The Raspberry Pi 4 Open Shield Case has been prototyped. I've been test fitting it tonight with a few Shields and HATs. This case continues to incorporate the heat dissipation design with heatsink pillars for the CPU, RAM, and USB chips. I am manufacturing these now and expect to have the listing done and stock ready to ship by Thursday at Wicked Aluminum.
Raspberry Pi 4B Customizable Case
August 14, 2019: The Raspberry Pi 4 Aluminum Customizable Case is ready. It just came off the CNC machine a few minutes ago. This case for a customer who needs only 1 USB 3.0 port, the RJ45, and the USB-C available, and all other ports closed off. It turned out great, and now you can get a Wicked Aluminum case configured however you need for your company or project.
August 12, 2019: I'm working on a Customizable case now that will allow any port access to be closed off to the outside. For instance if you only want the USB-C and a USB stack open with everything else closed off. The 3D print is finished and fits good, next to make it in aluminum. After that case is ready I have an Open Shield case which many of you have been waiting for. It allows almost any HAT or Shield to be plugged in while still utilizing a full aluminum case that draws the heat away from the Raspberry Pi with direct contact on the IC's just like the other cases I make.
Raspberry Pi 4B Standard and Secure Case
August 5, 2019: The Standard and Secure cases are in stock and ready to ship at WickedAluminum.com.
July 24, 2019: I'm making some adjustments to the Raspberry Pi 4 Case tonight as I see the the first aluminum prototypes come off the CNC machine. I'm probably being too picky, but I'm excited as this is turning out to be the most beautiful case yet. It's awesome in form and function. I'll be changing the Pre-Order status to "In Stock" on Monday or Tuesday at Wicked Aluminum. Anyone who has already pre-ordered will see shipping and tracking info within 48 hours.
July 16, 2019
The Raspberry Pi 4 1GB and 4GB boards came in and I have a 3D printed design that will fit all 3 boards even though the RAM chips are different. In this video I talk about the features and design of my Raspberry Pi 4 Standard Case. I've opened up Pre-Orders for the case at Wicked Aluminum and I expect the first Aluminum Cases to be ready for shipping next week. Thanks to all of you for your input and encouragement to bring this new Wicked Aluminum Raspberry Pi 4 Case to fruition.
July 12, 2019
My Raspberry Pi 4B 2GB board came in. I've been working in CAD today and have designed the Standard Series case first. I'll be 3D printing a few cases over the weekend to get it just right before manufacturing in aluminum. I expect the first Wicked Aluminum cases to be available within a week if all goes smooth. I will be checking to make sure the case will also work with the 1GB and 4GB versions as soon as my boards arrive which should be next week.
Yes! I will be making cases for the Raspberry Pi 4 that was released today. What a surprise by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Test fitting the Raspberry Pi 3B+ case to allow for just about any shield to be plugged in while still incorporating the heatsink design into the case for the Pi itself. It's called the "Open Shield" Case. It's a prototype 3D Print now, but soon to be aluminum. It fits good with a SenseHat.
I'm getting a lot of requests to create an Odroid XU4 case in aluminum, so I have started development of it in CAD. Here I've highlighted where I'm creating aluminum pillars to contact the IC's.
There is a new Raspberry Pi board release called the RPi 3B+. I'm working on an adapting an aluminum case to fit the new design. The bottom half of the case has not changed.
Jan 16th, 2017
Currently I'm modifying the 3D printer to have a heat bed. I've also started a Raspberry Pi Case that covers all the ports except the RJ45 and Micro USB. Here is the 3D print in process of the "No Access" Case. It fits the B+, 2 and 3 boards.
Dec 27th, 2016
First test fit of the Raspberry Pi Zero Case needs a little adjusting. On a side note, I bought another 3D printer.
Dec 22nd, 2016
I've developed a Raspberry Pi Zero Case and am 3D printing the prototype now. Here are some CAD pictures in progress. If all goes well with the test fit I'll be making the first cases in aluminum soon.
Oct 25th, 2016
The first production test samples are completed of the new Raspberry Pi Case for the Cirrus Logic Audio Card. They look fantastic!
Oct 14th, 2016
The 3D printed cases fit the HifiBerry DAC+ and Cirrus Logic Audio Card boards perfectly when installed with the Raspberry Pi. The heatsinks touch the right places while also avoiding PCB contacts. I'll be manufacturing a few test cases in aluminum next...
Oct 11th, 2016
I've just finished a 3D print of the prototype for the Cirrus Logic Audio Card. Test fitting the 3D print with the boards and then manufacturing the first aluminum case this week.
There are 3 sections to the case. The unique heatsink capability has been incorporated into the design within the middle section of the case. This means your Hi Fidelity Sound machine will run nice and cool when using a Barch Designs Case. I've also designed this case to fit the Raspberry Pi B+, 2, and 3.
The case top is a solid piece which allows for customizing it with your own logo or design...
CAD models of the case (fyi The HifiBerry and Cirrus Logic Boards I drew in Onshape are available in the public domain)
Other cases we have developed!
Here we finished 3D printing a test fit for the Beagle Bone Black
The case top is a solid piece which allows for customizing it with your own logo or design...
We are finished with prototyping the new Raspberry Pi 3 Aluminum Case and are now manufacturing full production of the Raspberry Pi 3 case.
Here are some pictures of previous designs in progress.
You can purchase our RPi B+/2 and RPi 3 case from one of our Authorized Resellers such as www.WickedAluminum.com
The Raspberry Pi Case by Barch Designs is as awesome as it is functional. We manufacture the case from Solid Billet Aluminum which protects your Raspberry Pi from damage. The case is also a heatsink which keeps your Raspberry Pi running cool and giving you many years of trouble free operation. The case wraps around the Raspberry Pi's external ports giving it a unique and sleek look. The case is designed to be able to give access to all the external ports, as well as be able to easily see what LED's are on.
The case is Customizable. If you want a different logo or words on the case just email us firstname.lastname@example.org with what you want and attach any files we will need. We have great volume pricing on small production runs and can work with your company to customize the case.
There are Fiber Optic cables that have been manufactured into the case. Each Fiber Optic cable is positioned directly above an LED. Labels are engraved next to each LED which allows you to see what activity is happening clearly..
The Raspberry Pi Case starts as two pieces of 6061 Aerospace Grade Aluminum which is milled on a CNC machine to exact tolerances. This allows just enough room for the Raspberry Pi to slide down into the case. Any bigger and the Pi would be loose and any smaller it would bind up.
The Raspberry Pi Case comes with thermal paste (heat sink goop) to apply to the 3 pillars of aluminum which come into contact with the 3 heat emitting IC chips. This pulls the heat to the outside of the case working as a heat sink where the abundance of surface area allows the heat to escape easily keeping your Pi running nice and cool.
The GPIO Port of the Raspberry Pi is easily accessed by plugging in the cable before the top of the case is screwed down. The slot that is milled into the top of the case allows the ribbon cable access to the outside.
The SD Card Slot ensures your SD card slides into the right spot. We have enlarged the Power slot to allow all size cables to fit. Each manufacturer of cable seems to have their own size casing around the connector.
These are Mountable to a wall or desk by using #8 wood screws through the bottom 3 holes in the Raspberry Pi Case.
The Raspberry Pi Case comes with a 5 year warranty. If it breaks we will replace it Period! Feel free to email or call us with any questions. Our business is the business of making Billet Aluminum designs for consumer products and we stand behind our name. The quality and craftsmanship are unsurpassed. See more about our company at www.BarchDesigns.com
Inside the case is a sheet of plastic under the Neoprene which keeps the Raspberry Pi electrically insulated from the metal case. When the top and bottom half of the case are put together, the Neoprene Foam Rubber squishes to conform to the shape of the bottom of the circuit board which holds the Raspberry Pi snuggly in place while avoiding unnecessary pressure on the circuit board. You can see how the thermal paste for the pillars comes into contact with the IC chips on the board. You want just enough paste to cover the top of the chip fully without spilling over.
Everything Plugged In
How it looks Assembled
Custom Design Options
We can engrave something different on your case. Here are some custom design examples we have done. If you would like to personalize your case with a different logo, name, or website please email email@example.com and let us know what you want.