By Shanie Phillips | Inside3DP
A team of young entrepreneurs in London has developed the first ever Raspberry Pi laptop kit that you build yourself. The team’s prototype is currently the world’s first ever 3D printed functional laptop.
The DIY Raspberry Pi laptop, fittingly called Pi-Top, will come as a kit with materials and certain components in addition to step-by-step instructions that teach users how to 3D print other parts and fully assemble the laptop. The kit will also offer thorough lesson plans that provide advanced education on how to build cohesive hardware and software.
The 3D printed, Raspberry Pi laptop: Pi-Top
The team’s Pi-Top prototype was built using another type of kit – a Rostock Max V2 3D printer kit that also needed to be assembled before use. The laptop casing and shell parts (3 total) were 3D printed with PLA filament and took roughly 160 hours to print. The Pi-Top team says the laptop shell was actually comprised of a total of four parts but they managed to print two of them together as one.
The team shared the following print details on Reddit:
Printer used: Rostock Max V2 kit – with E3D full metal hotend
Filament: PLA 1.75mm
Bed temp: 55°C
Print time: 3 prints total (two pieces together and the two larger pieces separately) roughly 160 hours of printing
Support settings: KISSlicer with medium support, at 45 Degrees with a horizontal gap (from object) of 1mm
De-string Settings: Prime 5.5mm Suck: 5.4mm Wipe:5mm Z-lift: 1mm
The Pi-Top (and the one users will be able to assemble from their kits) has full wifi capability, a 6-8 hour battery life, a 13.3” HD screen, a fully integrated laptop keyboard and a trackpad with extra ports. It runs on the Raspbian OS.
Sounds too hi-tech for you?
Not to worry. The team shared details of the Pi-Top and the prototype printing experience on Reddit and many people commented on the apparent difficulty. According to the team, anyone can assemble the Pi-Top – no programming experience required.
“I have little to no programming experience,” commented one Reddit user. “Can I carry out this project from a beginner starting point?”
Pi-Top team’s response: “Pi-Top is built to be used by anyone. Starting off you will learn the basics and as time goes on you will become more advanced. For example, recently we taught students in Birmingham, UK how to create a basic LED circuit, then code that circuit to turn on using the Pi-Top – using that knowledge students were then able to code a basic robot using the transferable skills they gained earlier from LEDs. This was all done in 3 hours.
We have used these experiences and met hundreds of people in the maker community to help form the lesson topics, and make Pi-Top accessible for everyone. :)”
The team plans to launch the Pi-Top kit on Kickstarter soon and hopefully gain enough funding to continue developing it further. Kits for backers will come with ready-made laptop shells that will be made using injection molding and there will also be an option for users to 3D print their own with instructions.
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