Assembling PiZero case

Assembling the Raspberry Pi Zero Acrylic Case

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a miniature version of the ever popular Raspberry Pi, created to establish the $5 computer. Since its release, a miniaturised CSI camera port was added, as well as software for USB on the go support making it a very powerful tool.

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Check all the pieces

To assemble the case, you will find:

  • 1x Top layer
  • 1x Bottom layer
  • 1x Middle layer
  • 4x M2.5 screws
  • 4x M2.5 nuts

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Assembly

Peel all the backing off each layer, this is kept on after being laser cut to protect the surfaces during packing and transportation. Peeling this off can be done easily by using a finger nail and pick at the corner, and slowly peel.

Don’t use any sharp tools such as a knife or screwdriver to peel away the backing as this will result in scratches, and ruining the surface of the acrylic.

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Carefully pop out any extra pieces of acrylic still stuck in any hole using a pen or pointy tool. Pay extra care with the middle layer, as some areas are very thin and brittle if handled roughly.

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There is a breakaway tab covering the SD card, this features a ‘kiss cut’ so any rough handling can result in this area snapping unintentionally.

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Ensure any connectors are soldered, a working (very important!) SD card inserted and camera ribbon cable are connected prior to building, otherwise dismantling is required to fix/add these later.

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Place the middle layer on the PiZero, this should drop neatly on top, with the acrylic layer fitting around the components on the PCB, and end up flush on top, with all the holes neatly lined up.

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Place the top layer on top of the assembly, again ensuring all the holes line up.

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Insert the 4 screws (or just 1 if it is easier) and then flip the entire assembly over. Place the bottom layer on followed by the nuts.

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Use a screwdriver to tighten everything together. Don’t use an electric screwdriver as this can damage the acrylic causing stress fractures, and ruining the appearance of the case.

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Once all 4 screws have been fitted and screwed in to place, it is now ready to be used.

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Breaking out the Micro SD card slot

Using a flat blade screwdriver or knife, place the blade in-between the layers and lever out the tab until it snaps. Just pull out the tab to remove. As this is a thin piece of acrylic, the snap may not always come out cleanly, so watch for sharp edges during removal.

Using a flat blade, snap out the tab Using a flat blade to remove the tab Remove the tab

Occasionally the middle layer will misalign due to the support being removed, this can just be pushed back in place.

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Using a pair of tweezers, pull out the micro SD card carefully, and insert the new card, ensuring it is inserted fully before switching the Pi on.

Pull out the old SD card using tweezers Using the tweezers, insert the new SD card New SD card in place