3D Printable Case Projects
Do you like the idea of building your own Raspberry Pi powered Retro Gaming machine. Do you like the satisfaction of building something up from scratch into a fully working device. Then this is the right place for you.
On this page we will list out some projects by people using 3D printable cases and mods that you can follow to create your own masterpiece. Most links will include detailed instructions on how to build the device and some will also include the 3D print files necessary to create the actual case.
For those of you who do not own or have easy access to a 3D Printer – don’t despair – help is at hand. A great website called 3D Hubs allows you to search and find local businesses close to your location willing to do the printing for you. Visit the 3D Hubs website here – https://www.3dhubs.com/ it offers searching the world over so you should find somewhere near you.
The PortaBerry Pi is a handheld game console that uses a 4.5 inch screen and certainly has the retro feel about it. The specs are as follows:
- Processor: 512 Mb Raspberry Pi Model B
- Display: 4.5″ TFT Monitor
- Battery: 9.6v NiMh Pack
- Controls: Custom, running on Teensy 2.0 (Joystick, four action buttons, start/select, and two shoulder buttons)
- Sound: 2 Mini 8 Ohm speakers running mono, or a stereo 3.5mm headphone jack
- Operating system: RetroPie
Information about the device and details on the build can be found here – http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:321624
and here’s a video of the PortaBerry Pi being used
PSP: PiStation Portable
The PSP: PiStation Portable is a home made Retro Game machine designed to look similar to the Sony PSP. Printing the 3D case is easy as it comes in only 2 pieces – the front and back halves. All the components listed are available from Adafruit so sourcing parts is easy as well. It’s only drawback is no speakers – headphones only – but this might not stop someone fitting some in their build.
For more information about the PSP: PiStation Portable and detailed build instructions visit this link – http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:833219
Here’s a picture on the PSP: PiStation
NinTastic – Nintendo Style Case for the Raspberry Pi
The NinTastic is a small 3D printable case for your Raspberry Pi that mimics the look and feel of the old Nintendo consoles. The case itself comes in 3 parts – the top, bottom and the opening flap.
Very detailed instructions on the build process as well as options for some of the parts can be found here – http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:307832
and here’s a shot of the NinTastic in all its glory
The don’t come much smaller than this. The Pirakeet is a Gameboyesque (is that a word) portable games machine that uses the Raspberry Pi Zero. With such a small case it is well suited for people with 3D printers with a limited print area.
All parts are available on Adafruit and to find more information and follow the detailed build instructions please visit – http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1496185
Here’s a picture of the Pirakeet showing its size
The Arcade Cabinet
Yes, this is an actual 3D printed arcade cabinet. It’s powered by a Raspberry Pi B but the maker say if you want it for a different model he can update 3D print files on request.
It uses a 7 inch screen and button configuration is run through in the instructions.
For more information and access to the 3D build files please visit – http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:768663
And here’s an image of the Cabinet
Raspberry Pi Arcade Stick Console
This one only makes it into this category as the 4 corner posts of the console have been 3D printed. Anyway – this is a neat Arcade Stick Console which easily houses the Raspberry Pi inside as well as any other hardware you might want. It uses an iPac2 keyboard emulator to control button management. Quality Sanwa Joystick and buttons are used.
For more information and the build rundown for the Raspberry Pi Arcade Stick Console please visit – http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:723554
And here is the Raspberry Pi Arcade Stick Console