Nov 30, 2015

Raspberry Pi Zero 5$ Computer for Your Next 3D Printing Project

Raspberry Pi foundation released 5 USD computer: the Pi Zero. Yes, it is truly revolutionary at 5 dollars. It will certainly find many applications in DIY projects and 3d printers.

Here are the video introductions:

More detailed Adafruit overview:

Raspberry Zero tech specs:
  • A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
  • 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
  • 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
  • A micro-SD card slot
  • A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
  • Micro-USB sockets for data and power
  • An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
  • Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
  • An unpopulated composite video header
  • smallest ever form factor at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm

Zero homepage:

Here is the Adafruit step-by-step guide on how to design 3d printable enclosure for the Zero:

... and here are more details on how to test and 3d print the enclosure:

You can download the file HERE,

Here is the first Raspberry Pi Zero hack adding a wifi module on it:

You can add an ethernet port:

...or audio output:

... and here is the more detailed review by Hackaday showing some problems and disadvantages:

Things have truly changed trough the time...