Simple and compact case for Raspberry Pi Zero

This is a simple and compact case for the Raspberry Pi Zero. There is enough space below the Pi Zero to use its solder pads if you want to, for example to use the pads for power and USB data.

I prepared multiple versions of this case that only differ in the number of accessible ports. Every version has cutouts for the HDMI and both Micro USB sockets. Additionally there are versions with cutouts for the GPIO pins, the Micro SD socket and the camera cable. Have a look at All variants later on this page to see which combinations of the bottom case and lid versions are reasonable. Furthermore each bottom case version comes in a second variant with more cutouts on the big bottom surface to save some filament and as venting holes.

A similar alternative casing for the Raspberry Pi Zero would be Case for Raspberry Pi Zero with integrated mini camera.

Usage examples

Here are some examples how you could use the case.

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Standalone case

Use it just as a case for your Raspberry Pi Zero ;-) Even though the Pi Zero is rather robust and I haven't yet managed to destroy one, it feels better to have it in a casing.

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Camera module case mount

Use the Hinge mount or Ball and socket mount and their camera mount to attach a Raspberry Pi camera module ontop of this case.

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Case wall mount

Use the Hinge mount or Ball and socket mount as flexible wall mount for this case.

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3D printing

While designing my parts I always try to optimize their design and orientation in a way that they are as robus as possible but won't need support structures while 3d printing them. Of course you can rotate the parts around the Z-axis prior to printing, but please don't do so on the X/Y-axis. A layer height of 0.2mm or 0.3mm is optimal. Because of the small size I print them all at 100% infill. If the printing was precise enough the lid may even be able to stay closed without the screws.

Requirements

  • A 3D printer to print the .stl files on this page
  • A Raspberry Pi Zero
  • One (preferable two) screws of ø2mm and about 8mm length to lock the lid.
  • Optionally additional ø2mm screws if you want to use an external camera module or to mount the case on a surface.

Maximal cutouts

The maximal version of this case. In addition to the default HDMI and both Micro USB cutouts, there are cutouts for Micro SD, GPIO pins and the camera cable.

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Example Use
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Bottom case.

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Bottom case, with venting and filament saving cutouts.

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Top lid.

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Minimal cutouts

The minimal version of this case. Only the default HDMI and both Micro USB ports are accessible once the case is closed.

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Example Use
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Bottom case.

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Bottom case, with venting and filament saving cutouts.

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Top lid.

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All variants

In this truth table you can see the different variants and their reasonable combination possibilities. The top row shows the lid variants, the left column the bottom case variants.

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Yes (Minimal version) Mostly
(Useless Micro SD cutout!)
YesMostly
(Useless Micro SD cutout!)
Yes
(Fiddly Micro SD access!)
YesYes
(Fiddly Micro SD access!)
Yes
YesMostly
(Useless Micro SD cutout!)
YesMostly
(Useless Micro SD cutout!)
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Yes
(Fiddly Micro SD access!)
YesYes
(Fiddly Micro SD access!)
Yes (Maximal version)