3D print laptop

How To Make 3d Printed Laptop

Hardware components

Arduino UNO x 1
Audio / Video Cable Assembly, Mini HDMI Type C Plug x 1
Raspberry Pi Keyboard x 1
Raspberry Pi Touch Display x 1
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B x 1

Hand tools and fabrication machines

3D Printer (generic) x 1

Hello Guys Whats up, In this blog, I am making an Awesome 3D printed Laptop using Raspberry PiIt's very interesting project for any electronics hobbyist & Engineers. You can use this Laptop to watch movies, video, pictures, Browser etc..Thank You NextPCB:This project is successfully completed because of the help and support from NextPCB. Guys if you have a PCB project, please visit their website and get exciting discounts and coupons.Only 0$ for 5-10pcs PCB Prototypes:https://www.nextpcb.comRegister and get $100 from NextPCB: https://www.nextpcb.com/registerSee more info about PCB Assembly Capabilities: https://www.nextpcb.com/registerHere are mid-summer sales at NextPCB :1. Up to 30% off for the PCB orders2. Up to 20% off for the PCBA orders.Let me start out by saying that this is not an easy project you will need a basic understanding of electronics and soldering.You will also need to remove some parts from the raspberry pi and lcd driver board so they can fit in the case. This will void the warranty of the parts.I accept no responsibility for any damages you may cause during this process.

Here's the Full Video Tutorial Video

Parts and Tools

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These are the parts I used for this project.

You will also need some basic tools like a soldering iron, screw drivers and wire cutters.

Raspberry Pi 3

  • Raspberry Pi Display
  • HDMI Cable
  • Keyboard
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • Voltage regulator
  • 3D Printer
  • Filament
  • screws
  • Soldering Iron
  • Solder
  • Heat shrink and wires
  • Wire Strippers
  • Needle Nosed Pliers.

I included some links from amazon, so you guys can go purchase the correct parts. If you do not have access to a 3D printer, you can send the STL files to a service or a local hackerspace/library.

Raspberry Pi4

let’s talk about the pi, Raspberry is one of the best and powerful single-board Computer at cheap price segment.


  • Processor- Broadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
  • RAM – 2GB, 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4-3200 SDRAM (depending on model)
  • WiFi – 2. 4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless
  • Bluetooth- Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • Ethernet – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB Ports- 2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.
  • GPIO Pins- Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header (fully backwards compatible with previous boards)
  • Display Ports- 2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
  • Display connector- 2-lane MIPI DSI display port
  • Camera Ports- 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
  • Audio Ports- 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
  • Graphics – H.265 (4kp60 decode), h364 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
  • OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics
  • Storage – Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
  • Power Support- 5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A) GPIO Power-5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A)
  • PoE – Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
  • Temperature- Operating temperature: 0 – 50 degrees C ambient
  • A good quality 2. 2
  • Operating voltage- 12V (current requirement 1A-2A)
  • Rated power- 6-7W
  • Signal input- AV + VGA + HDMI (HDMI 1.2)
  • Resolution- 1280* 800, Plug and Play- Support
  • Contrast ratio- 800:1 (Min.)

I have made a custom design for the 10.1 inch

3D Printing

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3D printing can either be frustrating or extremely exciting. Well at least thats how it was for us. We had many failed prints, and had to constantly mess with the settings and details to be successful. Thanks to our teacher Mrs.Berbawy, we were able to emerge victorious. So a quick word of advice, always consult with someone who is experienced with 3D printing before printing, it saves so much time and will prevent you from making mistakes.So for this project you need to 3D print four things:

  • Case
  • Keyboard Case
  • Back Cover

You can download all the STL Files here.

The recommended settings for all the parts are:

230 Celsius Extruder Temperature

3 shells

3 top/bottom

50mms print speed

10% infill

Feel Free to tweak the settings depending on your situation and results. Be patient!

We used PLA filament for our prints. That does not mean you cannot use materials like ABS or bamboo etc..

Soldering and Circuit

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  • The PAM8302 amplifier connects to the + and - sides of the mini speaker. Route power by connecting VIN to 5V on the Power Boost 1000C and then Gnd to G.
  • Power Boost 1000C hooks up to pins #2(5V) and #6(ground) on the Pi.
  • Unfortunately the diagram failed to show the average person where the #2 and #6 wires must be soldered and it is really vague. After some looking into raspberry pi circuits we discovered that the powerBoost 1000C hooks up to pins #2(5V) and #6(ground) on the Pi. We provided you guys with another diagram that gives you the specifications for each pin.

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  • Finally the Battery connects

Extra Tips:

Add heat shrink to any exposed wire to prevent short circuits.


I cannot stress this enough, our connections broke a few times since we did not check them properly at first.

It is very annoying to fix a disconnected wire after you have everything assembled.

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Assemble all the parts by Following this images

I will not go over every step of this build but I will try and give you a basic idea of how it goes together.

You will need to remove the usb port on the lcd driver and the two dual usb ports on the raspberry pi (the usb ports on the side of the case are wired straght into the board).

The first thing you want to do before you start putting all the components into the enclosure is to bend the header pins on the raspberry pi touchscreen. The small space created by this action lets you store the lithium ion battery, allowing you to fit all the components into the enclosure.

To assemble the laptop you will need 9 m3 x10mm bolts and 2 M3 x 25mm bolts with 4 nuts. The lid screws onto the lcd with 4 M3 x 10mm bolts and the base is screwed onto the keyboard holder with 5 M3 x 10mm bolts. To hold the hinges together I used 2 m3 x 25mm bolts with 2 nuts on the end to lock it in place.As always if you have any questions or ideas on how to improve this project please comment or send me a message.

Operating System

One of the most confusing parts of DIY raspberry pi projects is configuring software properly. It can be intimidating to newbies (us a few months ago) but don't worry we have some very helpful links and tips to make the process easier.

In our project we use a special touchscreen made specifically for the raspberry pi. Despite its unique specifications, its just like any other peripheral, it needs kernel support and drivers to function properly

I have tried so many operating Systems for the pi, all Os are Great but My personally Favorite is Twister OSWhich has Cool Interface and Windows10 and Mac theme Interface, You can Use any of this theme just one Click

Installation Process

Step1 – Download the Twister OS (You have to Download the Latest version of Twister OS from the Official Website)

Step2 – Download the balenaEtcher

You can Download balenaEtcher for flash the OS, which has cool interface and simplistic

Step3 – Inject your SD Card to the Computer and Open balenaEtcher

Now Select your img. xz file, select SD Card and Select Flash.


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At this point the laptop is fully functional, i've been using mine almost everyday for taking notes.At this point the laptop is fully functional, i've been using mine almost everyday for taking notes.

It also connects to WiFi and Bluetooth networks really easily making watching YouTube and other webpages really easy and to make it even better there are lots and lots of games that will run on the raspberry pi with anything from minecraft to classic old NES games making great fun with a long battery life.

Overall this is a really fun project and I really recommend trying it.

If you have any questions please comment or send me a message and ill try my best to get back to you.



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Three-dimensional printing has become increasingly introduced into our daily lives. Thanks to new technologies, it has become possible to easily print from a small detail to a large building. The range of products is also pleasing - today you can find a lineup that includes both affordable devices and more expensive ones. But how to work with a 3D printer? This is a completely normal question that any beginner will have, it is for this reason that we will try to answer it as simply and accessible as possible.

What is a 3D printer and how does it work?

The 3D device consists of the printer itself and a computer that controls all processes. The principle of operation of such a design is to create 3D models by superimposing layers of liquid material. There are a large number of printer models - from large industrial ones to compact ones, but they all have the same principle of operation and component parts:

  • Extruder - the print head through which the thread passes. The head heats the thread to a semi-liquid state and evenly supplies the material to the working surface.
  • Work surface - a printing platform on which a 3D model is formed.
  • Motors - mechanisms responsible for the accuracy of movement and speed of printing.
  • Sensors are electronic devices that limit moving parts to specified coordinates.
  • The frame is the structure that connects all parts of the printer.

How a 3D printer works: features

Work with the aim of building a three-dimensional model begins with a sketch, which is created in a special program. After that, the software independently generates a plan for the movement of the print head and a print sequence. The 3D model is reproduced by strongly heating the plastic and distributing it evenly.

3D printers are used in many areas. Let's list some of them:

  • Architecture - creation of models of buildings.
  • Medicine - dental prosthetics, making models of organs for study.
  • Construction - production of houses using 3D printing technology.
  • Education - a visual aid for learning 3D printing.
  • Automotive - creation of tuning parts, prototype layouts and other products.

This is a small list of industries where 3D printing is actively used. Today, almost every entrepreneur and just an enthusiastic person can afford a printer.

The following printers are distinguished by design features:

  • RepRap - self-reproducing printers that can create their own copies.
  • DIY-kit - the device comes disassembled with instructions, the assembly of which will take a sufficient amount of time.
  • Completed - Models are delivered assembled and ready to use.
  • Commercial and Industrial - devices capable of printing metal, concrete, polymers and other materials.

How to use a 3D printer: tips for beginners, where to start

Mastering the technique of 3D printing is not difficult if you follow the recommendations and tips. Especially for those who plan to learn the basics of 3D modeling, an up-to-date list of questions and detailed answers to them has been prepared.

Printer Installation

To begin, you will need to carefully unpack the box and remove any stops. The next step is to install the printer on the surface using the building level. This will allow you to place the device as evenly as possible, which will provide better printing.

Note. Some 3D printers come with a level for installation.

Next, you will need to connect the printer to your computer and install the necessary drivers. The software disc comes with the 3D device.

Preparation for work

To get started, you need to calibrate the working surface - without this, printing quality products is impossible. This process is carried out automatically or manually. The attached instructions have detailed information on how to perform manual calibration.

Extruder patency test

The next important step is setting up the extruder. First of all, you will need to check its nozzle. If the printer has already been used, the nozzle should be cleaned of solidified particles that will interfere with the throughput of the material. Refueling the 3D printer The thread is fed into the extruder directly from the spool. But there is one caveat - for this you must first warm it up. To thread the thread, you will have to make a small effort in order to loosen the presser mechanism.

Working with models

Models can be created using a variety of 3D modeling programs. The process of manufacturing three-dimensional parts is creative, requiring careful preparation. The better and more detailed the model is drawn, the better the 3D layout will be at the output.

Start printing

After creating the model in the program and preparing the printer for work, you need to send the file for printing and wait for the result. The print speed varies depending on the printer model and specifications, as well as the media used.

Processing the finished product

3D printed products usually do not please the user with an ideal appearance: the parts have an uneven surface. But this is typical for models of 3D printers on FDM, SLA and DLP devices, which are distinguished by higher print quality. Owners of FDM printers should not despair - a simple processing of products will give products an attractive appearance and make the surface smooth.

Several powerful ways to post-process 3D printed parts:

  • Mechanical - carried out by sanding the surface with sandpaper or a special sponge for grinding.
  • Chemical - Surface treatment with aggressive solvents such as acetone and dichloroethane.
  • Mixed - In this case, the above two processing methods are used.

What are the possible errors and how to avoid them?

Even a novice can master the technology of 3D printing, but, despite this, the production of the first products causes excitement for the user. Simple operation, detailed instructions and recommendations on the Internet will allow everyone to deal with almost any printer model. But there are a few useful life hacks, the knowledge of which will help you avoid typical beginner mistakes:

  • Calibrate and test the 3D printer before starting work.
  • Be sure to use the correct file extension for quality printing.
  • Do not remove the finished product from the printer immediately after it has been processed: this may damage the part and cause defects.
  • If errors occur during the 3D printing process, try restarting the device - this usually helps.
  • If restarting the printer still does not help, try changing the settings or re-entering the model.
  • When assembling the 3D printing devices, follow the enclosed instructions carefully.
  • Use only the correct materials for your 3D printer.
  • Subscribe to useful 3D printing channels and articles.

Following the above tips will allow you to set up your 3D printer, get it ready for operation and, most importantly, print your first 3D products. Choose a model according to your budget and capabilities, and it will not be difficult to master the basics of 3D modeling and get the first details if you follow the instructions and recommendations.

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