Octopi Hardware

Hi folks,

I’ve just set up a raspberry pi with Octopi to control my new Taz 5, and now I’m looking to put it into a case attached to the machine somehow, with a camera for monitoring progress.

I’ve seen Scuttlebot’s LCD case mod here: https://forum.lulzbot.com/t/taz-lcd-pi-enclosure-mod/2651/1 but I’m wondering if there are other ideas for attaching separate enclosure with a camera to the frame, and what camera suggestions people have. The other cases I saw on Thingiverse appeared to be freestanding boxes, but I may have missed something.

I’m also wondering, for mounting anything, will I need to remove the structural supports from the frame? And will that make it so that I may get the unit’s shape out of true?

Also, I got the Raspberry Pi camera board, but I’m wondering if a USB webcam may be a better option for easy positioning and attaching the camera to the frame, given the short wide ribbon on the Pi Camera.

Anyway, any suggestions are welcome!

There is a case that replaces the Stock Taz control box lid with an Octoprint Raspberry PI bump out enclosure, and a few others along that line. I’d reccommend taking a look at the ones in the mod list thread for ideas. https://forum.lulzbot.com/t/comprehensive-list-of-taz-modifications/1971/1

This replacement lid houses the RPi and fan:

I use this and it’s excellent. I also power my pi off one of the boards extra 5v pins so the pi powers with the taz.

One of the first things I did, and one of the best things I did.

Well adding a fan to the case makes sense also. I have a Logitech webcam to use with my Pi, need to stop posting, I have projects waiting!!

The fan is already in the case. This just adds the pi next to it.

It’s a pretty simple mod and well worth it!

I’ve alwaysbeen unsure if the stock electonics closure had a fan… I guess I should open it up sometime. :slight_smile:

The addiotion of the fan sounds like a smart thing to keep the MOSFETs happy.