There are plenty of enclosures for Raspberry Pi board and other compact x86 or Arm Linux SBCs, but many projects require expansion boards and it’s not always possible to use an off-the-shelf case.
That’s with that in mind that Stefano Zorzi and other enthusiasts have created YARC (Yes, Another Raspberry Case), a hexagonal case that supports the most popular single board computers, even when an add-on board – such as a Raspberry Pi HAT – is attached to the board. There’s enough space for up to three 2.5″ hard drives.
Those are the boards officially supported (tested?) with the case:
- Raspberry Pi B +, 2B, 3B, 3B +, 4B, A +, 3A +
- Hardkernel ODROID C1, C2
- AAEON Up Board
- Asus Tinker board and Tinker board S
- Radxa Rock Pi 4
- Orange Pi PC, Pi PC2, Pi PC Plus
Basically any board with compatible mounting holes can be installed in YARC case.
There’s plenty of space for whatever cables you may attach to the board and they’d come out of the large opening on the backside. The photo above shows a Raspberry Pi board fitted with an Audio DAC HAT and a 3.5″ hard drive attached to the top of the enclosure.
Cooling could be an issue depending on your workload and environment, but there are lots of ventilation holes under the SBC location, and since the case is fairly large and high (168 x 150 x 45mm) it’s possible to install either a heatsink or fan depending on whether you need an expansion board or not.
YARC is offered for 19 Euros on Kickstarter with a fairly ambitious 29,000 Euros funding goal. Bundles with up to 100 cases are also offered, or alternatively you could pledge 9 Euros to receive the design files and print it out yourself. Shipping for one case adds 9 Euros to Europe, 19 Euros to the United States, and 29 Euros to the rest of the world. Backers can expect their rewards in July 2020, except for those who pledge for the DIY YARC as they’ll receive .STL files in June.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.