Fun with colors

I’m very pleased with the new box design. It allows me to play with multiple color plastic, so just in time I created a “4th of July” (red, white and blue) device edition.

The new Pi Zero version is ready

I had to re-design the new box. Before I was trying to make it from 2 parts – top and bottom. This process had issues because the bottom part would not 3D Print correctly – it would keep curling up due to stress in the ABS material.

So finally I made the box bottom from several pieces. The bottom has 4 curved corners and 4 side panels, which slide down – you can see one of the side “panels” in this picture.

Also, you can see the size of the old device version compared to the new version.

The new design is shaping up

I was not satisfied with the previous Pi Zero board, because it was larger than the Pi, so here is a new version which has the same size as the Pi Zero.

Here is the new board mounted on top of a Pi Zero:

The spacers are a bit too short – you can see the bolt hitting the HDMI connector.

Here is the final version in a new box:

Where are my Pies?

Bummer,

The Raspberry Pi foundation did something weird, and all Raspberry Pi model A+ disappeared from the market. I could not order anything.

A month later they announced a new board – the Raspberry Pi Zero. It was great except it was also made from unobtanium. I managed to get a grand total of one from an eBay scalper.

Anyhow, I had to design a new version of the CD-changer emulator which worked with the Raspberry Pi Zero because it looked like the days of the A+ model were numbered.

So this is the first board I did, which was just a bit bigger than the Zero itself. On the image, you can see the board in a new box for it. The Pi Zero is MIA.

Also, my SMD soldering skills have improved slightly.