Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi 3 and Camera is a protective enclosure designed specifically for the very popular Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and previous RPi 2 / RPi B+ credit-card sized computers and camera board. Students, engineers and designers alike, all love the Raspberry Pi for its small size and big list of features and capabilities. While low cost and strong community support top the feature list, an area that challenges many Pi enthusiasts however is experienced first hand while breaking out connections to external hardware and peripherals. Attaching a few cables to the board immediately reveals how lightweight the device is and how vulnerable it is to physical harm. The Raspberry Pi, like most other development boards, is a small fully exposed circuit board with limited non-standard mounting features. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi 3 offers wrap-around protection and supplements the board's limited non-standard mounting capabilities with a host of structural support and standardized mounting features.
With several thousand Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi enclosures in the field, we've taken our proven design and made the necessary changes to be compatibile with the latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and previous RPi 2 / RPi B+ boards. Not only is this version compatible with the latest Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, it is also backwards compatible with the original Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi accessories and mounting dimensions.
The Raspberry Pi Camera Module V1 or V2 is mounted directly inside the case. Precision lens and activity LED ports are milled directly into the top surface of this durable housing. The module is held firmly in place with stainless steel screws and rubber bumpers. The kit includes a custom tripod mounting bracket with integrated 1/4-20 threaded hole.
Experimentation is often performed outside the safety of a lab environment. Gadgets usually contain breadboards and sensitive electronics that require a layer of protection, or better yet - a layer of armour. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi 3 and Camera is made from aircraft-grade aluminum using state-of-the-art CNC equipment at our facility in Orchard Park, New York USA. Parts are machined to exacting specifications, resulting in an enclosure that fits your Pi like a glove. Many surface treatments are available, ranging from a cost-effective bare metal finish, to a professional looking anodized coating in a variety of colors.
Gadgets sometimes require external components or subsystems that are mounted close by. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi 3 and Camera features an assortment of threaded holes and structural reinforcements that facilitate the mounting of external components and subsystems directly to the case. Other versions of Proto Armour protective enclosure hardware is compatible with a variety of platforms such as Arduino development boards, Freescale Freedom Platform, and 'mbed' modules from ARM. In most cases, Proto Armour hole spacing allows for interlocking several enclosures into a single assembly. Accessories such as brackets and spacers are designed to be compatible across the product line where possible.
The Raspberry Pi features a Micro SD memory card that stores the operating system along with your programs and data. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi 3 and Camera includes a precisley machined port that permits external access to the memory card without needing to disassemble the case.
The Raspberry Pi includes LEDs that indicate various status information. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi 3 and Camera features a view port perfectly aligned with the two board-mounted LEDs. LED illumination reflects to outside the enclosure for easy viewing. A second LED port is included for backwards compatibility with RPi 2 / RPi B+ boards.
The Raspberry Pi is a very cool gadget. Whether it is a classroom setting where several Pi boards need to be attached to student benches, or at a hackerspace meetup where a new creation is on display, it is critical to properly secure sensitive and valuable hardware. Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi is assembled using machine screws that are threaded from the bottom and hidden from unintended guests. The included through holes facilitate mounting the enclosure directly to a tabletop using special tamper resistant screws. Cover plates are also available to prevent cable detachment and memory card removal.
While functionality and quality are equally priority number one, affordability goes without being said. In line with the Raspberry Pi's cost effective design, Proto Armour for Raspberry Pi is designed for manufacture, resulting in a lower cost of manufacture that enables low cost of ownership. New enclosure and accessory design is a careful balance of functionality, robust construction, and affordability for all.
|Physical / Environmental|
|Enclosure Size||4.97 x 2.97 x 0.97 in (length, width, height)|
|Enclosure Materials||Bare (standard) or Anodized (option) 6061 Aluminum, Black Nylon Plastic|
|Computer Board Mounting||M2.5 x 4 screws|
|Camera Board Mounting||1-72 x 2 screws, rubber bumpers|
|Threaded Mounting Holes||6-32 x 4 per surface (except bottom)|
|Security Mounting Holes||#6 countersunk 82° x 4 (bottom surface)|
|Port Access||Power, GPIO, Audio/Video, LED, USB, Ethernet, HDMI, Micro SD Card, Lens/LED|
|Enclosure||Top and bottom|
|Raspberry Pi Hardware Pack||Screws, washers, pins, bumpers, wrench|
|Camera Hardware Pack||Flat flex cable, screws, bumpers, tripod mount|
|Welcome Document||Assembly instructions and parts list|
Posted by Unknown on 21st Oct 2015
This case is solid and the build quality is great. The only issue I have found so far is there isn't enough clearance for a 40-pin GPIO cable to fit in the case.
Posted by Robert Booth-Hudson on 15th May 2015
Love it, aside from the protection you get with this case, it also looks so good (that shouldn't really matter but it's nice to have the coolest looking Pi case in the room).
Importing it to England was no hassle (it was missing the two pins but they are not really needed). The inclusion of the short camera cable was a nice touch.
I use the Edimax EW-7811UN & Logitech K400r with my Pi, both have very small USB dongles, they both work fine in the recessed ports.
Love that the screw holes are 6-32 (standard PC case thumbscrew size) so you can easily mod the case or attach anything to it.
I'm very happy with this case.
Posted by David Todd on 22nd Mar 2015
This is my fourth Proto Armour case and my third with the camera option. Very secure environment for the Pi -- bought one for a household where the grandkids might knock around the Kodi Media Center I built for them, and this has protected it well. Biggest nuisance is the extended end flanges that make it difficult to get an Ethernet connector out or a SD drive in or out ... especially easy to lose the microSD inside the Proto Armour case if you're not careful (I always hold it with the drive slot facing downward when inserting/removing the microSD).