Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Enclosure
Since we last posted about our original Raspberry Pi enclosure back in 2014 we get at least 3 enquiries per week about our enclosure. It has proven to be a huge success for businesses who use the Raspberry Pi in hundreds of different applications ranging from GPS solutions, Audio and visual equipment, satellite communications, energy monitoring, security systems and networking solutions. These are just a few applications that our aluminium enclosure has been used for.
Our previous enclosure model was launched just as the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the Model B+ and since then there have been a further two generations of the Pi. That leads us to the Pi 3 Model B which was released in February 2016. The latest generation includes a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU, 802.11n Wireless LAN and 1GB of RAM. With this revision which has the same form factor to the previous Pi 2 and Pi 1 Model B+ it also has the same compatibility with Pi 1 and 2.
The team here at Lincoln Binns have been able to adapt and evolve the enclosure with the generations of Pi which still makes it one of the most robust industrial enclosures available to protect your project. If you haven’t already seen it, check out our strength test!
With the introduction of the 3.5mm 4-pole composite video and audio output jack and relocated Micro USB power input, it allows us to leave one side piece of extrusion untouched (unless you require access to the GPIO) and reduce manufacturing costs.
We can customise the latest enclosure (subject to £100.00 design charge & MOQ – 10off) depending on your requirements. We’ve even suggested to some customers that our E-Case range can also house a Raspberry Pi which can work out to be a larger saving in the cost due to their off the shelf availability. Using our E-Case range of enclosures allows you to have all connections of the Pi to be relocated via various connectors to either End Plate. The Pi can be mounted on a carrier plate internally as well as any development boards you may be using. See image below for an example:
The latest Pi with onboard Wireless and Bluetooth capabilities have created a flaw with our enclosure. The WiFi and Bluetooth signals being omitted from the Pi are being diluted due to the nature of the aluminium material. To counteract this, we have created Acrylic End Plates. This allows the WiFi and Bluetooth signals to be picked up with only a minimal amount of interference. Find out more about our Acrylic End Plates and how they can benefit your project by reading our article.
Due to the manufacturing process required to create our Raspberry Pi enclosure, we recommend that our enclosure is mostly suitable for business and commercial development. The cost per unit is significantly lower when purchasing in volume.