RainBerryZ and RainBerry3 Outdoor Cases for Raspberry Pi Camera

After a long hiatus, I was able to create two more versions of original weatherproof case for taking Raspberry Pi camera outdoor, RainBerry for Raspberry Pi Zero W and Raspberry Pi 3.

They are available on PinShape and 3DExport.

  • RainBerryZ for Raspberry Pi Zero W – Get it from PinShapeZero
  • RainBerry3 for Raspberry Pi Zero 3 or 2 – Get it from PinShape3

Also available on 3DExport, Pi 3 and Pi Zero.

If you do not have 3D printer like me, you can order them from 3DHubs, Shapeways, Sculpteo, i.materialise, MakeXZY or your local public library.

Here are some snapshots of RaspberryZ.

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Placing screws in the seal holes before assembling in the case. seal-assy

Than place the seal ring of camera opening followed by place glass cover. Finally put the camera seal and then tighten the screws. Put the seal around the side grove and cut it to fit all sides.

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Top case with rubber seal of glass and camera seal holder assembled.IMG_2395

After assembly of camera

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Fully ready to roll !

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Image from the camera, please ignore the mesh screen in the window.

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Here are RainBerry3 Snapshots. Case is slightly big to accommodate the bluetooth and maintain square shape.

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Top case with glass, O ring and o ring assembled in the side groves. IMG_5430

After camera is assembled with M1.6 Size, 4MM. I found it is much easier to use them than M2 Size, 5MM ones which fit tighter.

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Ready to roll !

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Finally all 3 cameras. Hurrah !

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It uses same screws and mounts as RainBerry earlier version.

  • Parts from McMaster.com
    4-40 Thread, 3/4″ Phillips flat head, total 4 (91771A113) for case
    4-40 Thread, 3/16″, total 4 (91772A105) for Pi
    M2 Size, 5MM, total 4 (92000A012) for Pi camera. You can also use M2 if tight.
    M1.6 Size, 4MM, total 4 (92000A002) for seal
    O-Ring, 13mm id, 1.5mm (5233T39) for seal
    O-Ring, 1.5mm, 1ft length (1187N11) for case and Shrink wrap (6855K14) for USB cable
  • Glass piece 17.9mm x 1.2mm, from tinydeal.com (HLD-242646) or dx.com (SKU: 10640)
  • Swivel mount from Videosecu with 1/4 inch threads

Thank you for your all support and number of requests for new versions.

Get them from links below and get it printed.

  • RainBerryZ for Raspberry Pi Zero W – Get it from PinShapeZero
  • RainBerry3 for Raspberry Pi Zero 3 or 2 – Get it from PinShape3
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Dollhouse Fan – 3D Print

My daughter asked me several times to create a dollhouse fan. In the past, I did use CAD software, but mainly for simulation and never created any complete product up to manufacturing. So this was a daunting task to create a small dollhouse fan right from scratch in CAD software.

CAD model of the assembled fan looked nice.

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I printed the CAD model on Shapeways in flexible plastic (Nylon) dyed in Pink. For my daughter, Shalvi, everything has to be Pink. It was quite cheap, costing shipping more than 3D print.

Post-production: 

When 3D print arrived, it looked really cool except the lots of powder left in the motor holder shaft. Obviously, I missed providing more than one escape hole for blowing the nylon powder. I cleaned up the remaining powder manually.

For motor, I used a nice and cheap helicopter rotor motor from dx.com. It fitted perfectly to the designed motor holder. Motor wires were passed through the motor holder hollow pipe for connecting to a small battery cell. Hole in fan was smaller than designed in CAD, which came as a surprise. I tried drilling, but material was too tough for that. After repeated attempts, I was able to increase fan hole slightly and finally used gorilla glue to hold the shaft in place.

Here are some of the pictures after it arrived and assembled.

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Even with small battery cell, fan runs really fast. Next iteration will be to include even smaller battery and completely enclose the motor inside the motor holder. It was nice project for me to design for 3D print and assemble the fan.

If you like this work, please cast your vote for this fan for 3D printing competition on Instructables.