Open Case (with and without fan) Assembly Instructions
Here the instructions on how to assemble our Open Case with the RemotePi Board and a Raspberry Pi 4 B, Pi 3 B+, Pi 3, Pi 2 or Pi 1 B+.
The pictures below show the transparent variant of the case, the black case variant uses the same assembly procedure. Please go through these instructions completely one time before starting to assemble the case, to get an overview of the process :
1. Find a flat clean surface and unpack all screws, nuts, standoffs, washers, etc. (there are 32 or 36 small pieces) from the small plastic bag. It is recommended to put these into a small cup or plastic box so that they are not lost.
2. Remove the SD card, all cables and other connected devices from your Raspberry Pi. Remove the RemotePi Board and it's screw and nuts as well, if it is already mounted on the Raspberry Pi.
3. Remove the protective paper or plastic film from both sides of the bottom and top acrylic plastic plates.
4. If you have the version of this case that includes the fan, mount the fan on the top acrylic plate with the 4 screws and nuts that came with the fan. If your fan came with 4 rubber o-rings, place these between the fan and the acrylic plate. Please be very careful when tightening the nuts, the screws and nuts are made from nylon and the threads are easily destroyed, if they are tightened with too much force ! Please only use your fingers to tighten the nuts, do not over-tighten them and avoid strong force.
The side of the fan that has the manufacturer's label on it should point down, the cable from the fan should be oriented towards the center of the acrylic piece.
Connect the fan plug already to the socket on the RemotePi Board for Pi 4.
Put this part of the case with fan and connected RemotePi Board away for later and continue with the bottom side of the case as per following steps.
5. Put one washer each on the two short and two long metal screws, then put one rubber foot on each of the four screws. Some rubber feet come with washers already built-in, in this case there are no separate washers included and required. Please note the rubber feet can be black or transparent.
6. Put the two short metal screws through the mounting holes of the bottom plate (the two holes nearer to the center of the bottom plate) of the case and hold them in place with your fingers.
7. On the other side of the bottom plate put one standoff (this is the 3mm high plastic ring) on each of the two short screws.
8. Carefully place the Raspberry Pi on top of the two screws and loosely secure it with one nut on each of the two screws. Do not tighten the nuts yet, the Pi needs to move freely.
9. Put one of the two long screws (with washer and rubber feet already added) trough the mounting hole in front of the bottom plate. On the other side, between the plate and the Rapsberry Pi, add the 3mm standoff. Secure that screw loosely with one nut as well.
10. Do the same with the second long screw.
11. Now tighten the four nuts with your finger and a screwdriver, do not use a plier as you may destroy some component on the Raspberry Pi located near the nuts ! The screws should not be secured too tightly, the Raspberry Pi should still be able to move sightly, to adjust it's position later.
12. Put two more nuts on the long metal screws, about 5mm down.
13. If you have the version of the case with fan, you can now place the heatsink that came with the fan on the main SoC of the Raspberry Pi. Peel of the protective plastic tape from the heatsink and place it on the SoC. Make sure it is centered and the fins are parallel to the long sides of the Raspberry Pi.
14. Fix the 4 long standoffs with the plastic screws in the four corners of the bottom plate. Please do not use too much force as the standoffs and screws are made from nylon.
15. Mount the RemotePi Board on the Raspberry Pi and level it with the top two nuts that you just placed on the long screws. If you use the version of the case with the fan, please be careful that you do not tear off the cable of the fan that is already connected to the RemotePi Board.
16. Secure the RemotePi Board with the remaining two nuts. You can do this with your fingers or carefully use a plier.
17. Put the top plate onto the case and secure it with the four plastic domes.
18. Adjust the Raspberry Pi position slightly so that the pushbutton of the RemotePi Board is centered in the hole of the top plate of the case.
That's it ! Now you can insert the SD card and all connectors and start using your Raspberry Pi with the RemotePi Board !