Come, have a seat, and join me on this new Raspberry Pi custom case project !
As some might recall, this is not my first Pi case. My previous project the ThinkPI
is currently on hold due to part unavailability.
This Pi project however, is merely the start of a new bigger project : Project Radinator (Build log to come). This project will mostly serve as a prototype for it.
Link to Level1Techs version of this build log : https://forum.level1techs.com/t/boomberrypi-new-chassis-new-tricks/153771
Link to Linustechtips version of this build log : https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1157034-boomberrypi-diy-radiatorcase-for-raspberry-pi/
So, what is it ?
It's a custom case with integrated water cooling.. For a Raspberry Pi
I know this makes little sense for a Pi, but it makes a lot more sense for the full case. the water cooling here is just for fun.
Enjoy most likely the most overkill Raspberry Pi case out there
Entire cost (excluding the Pi) should be under 200$ CAD
Now that might sound like a lot, but that's because I have yet to get a quote for the case.
(I estimate 100$ cad but I doubt it's gonna be anywhere close to that, more like 50$ tops)Components :
Raspberry Pi 3b+
Noctua NF-A4x10 (x2)
Some cheap and tiny 5v water pump
Copper tubing (4mm OD)
Aluminium welding rods
Aluminium for the case (duh)
The plan :
So, the plan is to draw up the case in 3D (photos below) and to have it laser cut out of 1mm aluminium sheets. the sheets will have holes in them (they're 1cm wide, the holes are 4mm in diameter) for the copper tubing to go through. There will be a spacer between each fin, however I am still undecided on how to hold them all together (I'd want to avoid welding, considering the size)
The side I/O (as seen by the top opening) will be routed to the back on the other side of the panel. I will probably end up with either another metal plate or a 3d printed block.
For the copper tubing to go through to the front radiator fins, I have to cut a hole in 2 of the fans (in and out)..
The copper tubing runs through the front fins in an S pattern, it's not a single tube, but rather U shaped double tubes with 180* end pieces at the ends (well, it's more tubing bent in 180* but it's cut so I can assemble it)
That's all for now.
I hope to have some news soon ! (Expect updates next week, possibly with parts !)