Published on May 9th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Raspberry Pi PRUTA case

Materials: 1. Pruta (the small rectangular one), 2. a ruler or something to measure, 3. something equal to a credit card in size (i.e. your ikea family card :) ), 4. a cutter, 5. pincers, 6. a needel, 7. one raspberryPi

Description: 1) Put your credit-card or similar in to the pruta box; this approximately marks the level where your raspberriPi will go.

2) Make the needle glowing (very hot?), holding it with the pincers, and use it to perforate the plastic as showed in pictures below.

The 4 small holes will serve to hold the corners of your raspberriPi while the big circular hole will room the yellow connector as you can see in picture below.

3) When you have the raspberryPi in place inside pruta box (for this purpose the holes made at step 2 are enough) make holes for others connectors in the same way.

4) If you want something for the eyes print the raspberriPi logo and glue it to the top of pruta box; With the same technique perforate the coloured part of the logo.

Enjoy! :)

~ Andrea Tarocchi, Milan

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32 Responses to Raspberry Pi PRUTA case

  1. Darke says:

    This is EXACTLY what I was searching for, a DIY case for my DIY computer! At absolutely no additional cost for me, since I got the Pruta box set a while ago. Love it. I’m going to try this as soon as I get home tonight.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have no idea what a raspberry pi is (but im gonna look it up) but after reading you’re hack Andrea I want to make one just for the Heck of it!! And seeing as though this would be an experiment for me..its nice to know I don’t have to buy anything to make it..I have all the supplies at home….not to mention that this would be a great project to work on with my 13 yr old and he could help, and I hope ours will look just as nice as yours for the first time out…..you gotta start somewhere… Thanks Andrea!!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love it! Thanks for posting it!

    A fellow Pi lover….

  4. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t know what a raspberry PI was either, and I am apalled at the pettiness of the people who have made such negative comments. I had a “quick-and-dirty” but very useful hack I was going to send, but now I will not. Often there is a place for the beautifully-finished hacks but also sometimes there are situations where because of cost, difficulty, or most likely short-term temporary needs, a quick-and-dirty hack is what is needed. Think of what the word “hack” meant originally.
    Thank you Andrea.

  5. Anna says:

    Granted it’s not the most beautifully fabricated hack, however, I am delighted the hack was published…I own a drill, but not a Raspberry Pi…I want a raspberry Pi and my first thought was until it’s up and working, I’m not spending almost half the expense on the case. And, moreover, I own that Ikea plastic ware and don’t especially like it for its intended use.So thank you for posting the hack.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t know what a Raspberry Pi was. So I looked it up. It’s a pretty cool thing!
    Just for sharing this knowledge with me, thanks Andrea!

    P.S. Common guys, this is one of the last ‘positive’ sites, let’s keep it that way!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I highly recommend heating the knife blade for a cleaner cut. other than that its perfect for the use and cheap using tool you have round the house :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Why would you expect Andrea to go out and buy a drill and the correct bits just to make “perfect” holes in a cheap plastic container to house a cheap pc. What did the dish cost? $5? We know he paid only $35 for the pi. What would a drill cost? About $100 for a cheap one? What is he going to use it for ever again? Do you all assume he lives in a big house that he would need to use a drill for? He lives in Milan – small villas and apartments. Nothing in Jules’ explanations say that the hacks need to be beautiful or be ready to go on the front cover of Vogue magazine. Get over yourselves, wankers.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I did not know what a rasberry pi was….looked it up…..neat stuff. Thnx for the share. btw what does it do?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Good joke, thanks for laughs.

  11. Anonymous says:

    A soldering iron (cheap ones are $5) can be used to melt the plastic a lot easier, and a bit neater. It can also smooth out the edges. For the lid I would recommend drilling holes with a drill bit, it would come up with much neater edges.

    I like it. Its a functional case for a neat little computer. Just because its not as fancy as a lot of hacks doesn’t mean its not useful to someone.

  12. Chukkzy says:

    Don’t let the people drag you down, I had the same idea after learning about this device and am facing the same problems now. You gotta try it somehow and make something, otherwise it cannot made to be better. Everyone here who complains should suggest something at least, otherwise its not “critique” but only “bitchin’!”

    Probably I am going for a papercraft box since that is easier to make, although that needs replacement all few weeks/months… Heh gives you something to do. ;)

    • Anonymous says:

      “I don’t mean to be rude, but I need to go home and install my Raspberry Pi to a new shoebox” said no one ever.

    • Anonymous says:

      Whenever a comment starts with “I don’t mean to be rude but…” we all know great rudeness is coming. I am frankly baffled by the comments here. They seem to be coming from people completely outside the maker ethic that feel some sort of nasty jealousy for people who want to simply share what they have made.

      Many of you need to leave and come back after a bit more life experience and socialization.

    • Anonymous says:

      “I am frankly baffled by the comments here. They seem to be coming from people completely outside the maker ethic that feel some sort of nasty jealousy for people who want to simply share what they have made.”

      Listen Freud, don’t quit your day job. Who would possibly feel jealous about this? Quite frankly, I’d be embarrassed to tell anyone that this was my solution. Also, what was originally written was in quotes. The “I don’t mean to be rude” was for the the narrator excusing themselves from the situation. And when I say “situation” I am of course talking about a “social situation”. I’m guessing you know how those work, but do you know how quotes work???

  13. Tiina says:

    That’s a nice hack! What else is this website for, but for sharing ideas and getting inspiration? Some hacks may be rough around the edges, but I think that’s the beauty of DIY: trying, learning and improving. :)

  14. Unknown says:

    Hi all I’m the terrible craftsman of this hack :)
    All of your Anonymous’ critics are right.

    I want only to point out that I need a quick, cheap and dirty hack to have a case in order to use my brand new raspberry Pi as soon as possible.
    I thought that the idea could be useful to someone else and I share it, that’s all!


    • Anonymous says:

      Sharing ideas is always OK to me, Andrea.

    • NonnyMus says:

      You could have headed off some criticism if you called it a quick and dirty hack.

    • Anonymous says:

      Too bad you didn’t put your Pi into a Rubbermaid case because that way you wouldn’t have needed to waste our time with this nonsense. I’m sure everyone over at Rubbermaidhackers.net is rejoicing.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Come on guys, this one needs to redone properly. give a hand : how would you have done ? Should have been in the Hacker Help section first …

    • NonnyMus says:

      It depends on the type of plastic the case and lid are made from. This one looks like polypropylene which shrinks when heated. That’s why the melted edges of the openings look so ragged. A melting technique is o.k. for polyethylene but drilling would be a wiser choice for polypropylene.

      Needless to say a comments section isn’t the right place for a plastics-working tutorial. There are plenty of sources online or even in stores – MAKE magazine springs to mind.

  16. Anonymous says:

    terrible workmanship…

  17. Anonymous says:

    Uhm. The poor quality of this work is an offense to both hackers and Ikea lovers :(

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m a hacker and an Ikea lover and I am not offended in the least. Bravo Andrea.

    • Anonymous says:

      Then you’re likely a simpleton who’s mind is blown every time someone puts something in a box.

      Boxes – how do they work?

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