The Raspberry Pi 3 is already a pretty tiny computer, taking up about as much space as a deck of cards. But if you don’t need the full-sized Ethernet and USB ports, you can make it smaller.
And that’s exactly what hacker NODE has done. His Raspberry Pi 3 Slim design packs a modified Raspberry Pi computer into a 3D-printed case that’s just 7mm thick.
He’s also provided the files you’d need to print your own case.
Despite the slim profile, the Raspberry Pi 3 is still a fully functional computer. And the case features a number of cut-outs to let air flow, which should help keep the computer from overheating.
NODE literally sawed off the end of the Raspberry Pi 3 board, removing the USB and Ethernet ports. In their place, he’s added three micro USB ports that are connected to the main board via soldered cables. The system still has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, and there’s a microSD card slot accessible on the bottom of the device.
This project comes from the same hacker who developed the Zero Terminal handheld computer based on a Raspberry Pi Zero W earlier this year. And NODE has been busy: he also developed a new Zero Terminal design with a design inspired by the Nintendo 2DS and Pocket CHIP.
What? No HDMI video connector?
looks good for robotics.Personally I would just use the compute module if I needed a smaller form factor.
Or a Zero, depending on it’s use. Heck I would have even settled for desoldering said items instead of literally hacking them off. Replacing the double height USB ports with single height would have been a better option, and still should have kept the height reasonable.
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