The $10 (£6) Raspberry Pi case neatly fits the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Model B+

The Raspberry Pi project is very cheap tiny Linux PC based on an ARM processor which has been a runaway accomplishment, with the sales topping of 5 million and an entire cottage industry popping up around the Pi and its rivals.

The cost of the case is £6 which comes in a decent raspberry and white colour design. It is crafted from injection moulded plastic which neatly fits the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Model B+.

There are three clips on panel depending on how much of the electronics you want to picture and power and activity lights are still visible through the end of the case. It provides access to the Pi’s microSD card slot, four USB ports and its Ethernet jack, and the detachable side panel allows you to reach the GPIO (general purpose input/output) pins that let the Pi function in so many different ways.

A Raspberry Pi Foundation blog post gave some information about the two-and-a-half-year process in taking the case from plan to certainty.

Gordon Hollingworth, director of software cycles at the Foundation, said: “Two and a half years ago, I found myself sitting in a car with Eben Upton for three days into my new job at Raspberry Pi. We thought that it would be great to make something reasonable, but with the kind of actual beauty and design that our products attempt to cover.”

Hollingworth explained that the firm first selected Kinneir Dufort to craft the case after the firm turned up with an amazing first set of ideas. But after a long and excruciating process, the Raspberry Pi Foundation finally chose Dudley-based firm T-Zone to create the case.

“We spent months refining the design until we got to a point where we thought to construct. The case we are selling today was as good as a case probably could be,” Hollingworth added.

So the conclusion is that it is not just a plastic. It is about design, love, and attention to detail, accuracy, iteration and overall damn hard work.

In addition to being available from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Swag Shop, RS Components and Element 14, this case will be sold through a few partner stores, including a few in the U.S. If you want to find out that list or see the entire process of how the case came to be, head over to the Raspberry Pi blog for the complete story.

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