Makers, developers and hobbyists that enjoy building projects using the awesome Raspberry Pi single board mini PC, are sure to be interested in a new Raspberry Pi laptop project called the Pi-Top.
The Pi-Top is a 3D printing project that allows you to create your very own portable Raspberry Pi laptop and will soon be launching from the Kickstarter crowd funding website.
The laptop system is equipped with a 13.3 inch TFT LED backlight panel that provides users with a resolution of 1366 × 768 and is equipped with a 40 pin LVDS interface running the Rasbian Operating System. The design of the Raspberry Pi laptop provides easy access to the computer board without the need for unscrewing the case.
The Raspberry Pi laptop takes approximately 160 hours to print on a 3D printer using 0.2mm layers and 30% infill and the outer casing is printed in three separate pieces. Its creators explain a little more:
“The biggest challenge was getting the support structure correct,” explained a team member on Reddit. “On a tall thin object like this you want it to be rigid and large enough to stop the object from wobbling from the print head when it gets tall but brittle enough to be able to take off.
This took about a week of practice to get working. We used floating bars next to the very thin parts – to control the support structure and make it larger, after seeing the wobble occurring in the first prints.
The Pi-Top team has already been working with students and parents in the UK with various forms of hardware, recently working with 150 parents and students teaching them how to make LED circuits and code them with Python.”
As soon as the project launches over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website we will keep you updated as always. But for more information on the new Raspberry Pi laptop in the mean time jump over to the Pi-Top website for details or follow @GetPiTop
Source: 3D Print