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Built-to-Spec Raspberry Pi Case Is Cheap, Sturdy, and Ships Quickly

If you’re on the prowl for a Raspberry Pi case–and if you read our Raspberry Pi media center guide, we know you are–you’ve found that cases are in short supply. This laser-cut case is cheap, sturdy, attractive, and ships quickly.

The Rapberry Pi is so popular most shops can’t keep up with the demand for accessories. This case, from Built-to-Spec, costs a scant $12.50, ships in about a week (as oppose to the 4-6 week leads at most shops), and looks pretty darn good if we do say so ourselves. It even includes custom-cut light-pipes for the LED indicators on the board–something most competing cases charge and extra $2-5 for. We received ours earlier this week and it’s a definite upgrade from the colorful but a little wobbly LEGO enclosure we’d cobbled together.

When you order one, be smarter then we were and check out the assembly instructions–while we enjoyed the puzzle-like adventure that putting the laser-cut panels together sans instructions entailed it would have been a lot speedier to follow the creator’s assembly guide!

Note: the creator of the kit has generously shared his design files so, if you have access to laser cutter and some suitable materials, you can cut your own. For lack of a laser cutter, we were happy to pay $12.50.

Built-to-Spec Raspberry Pi Enclosure Kit

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/3/12

Comments (7)

  1. wheeee

    I received my built-to-spec case a week ago and I love it. Very nice and solid. The light pipes alone are well worth it.

    My only problem was that I wasted 30 minutes trying to put it together without the instructions. I finally had to admit that I’m not the man I thought I was, went to the products website, looked at the instructions, and had it together in about a minute.

    Great price, excellent design, beautiful in every way. Shipping was very fast I got mine in a couple days. Everyone else had theirs on back order.

  2. Neely

    Hey, so this is pretty great and all, but where to put the IR receiver? Any good remote recommendations (like a super simple Apple remote)?

  3. Black Swan

    The original Xbox remote works great wit the Pi and can be gotten for cheap.

  4. celly

    BTS is already sold out of these.

  5. D

    Does the pi support usb wifi?

  6. vkfg;lj

    I’m pretty sure it supports USB wifi as someone had made a router out of it.

  7. Lawrence

    Yes, it does support USB Wifi.
    It depends on the chipset however. I have managed to make the Pi into a WiFi router so might get this case for it, much better than my current takeaway box case :D

    If you want to make a Pi into a router, the way I did it is here –

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