Jay Doscher Launches the Simpler, Easier-to-Build Raspberry Pi Quick Kit Rugged Portable

With just three 3D-printed parts, the Quick Kit is a more compact version of Doscher's Raspberry Pi Recovery Kit — but lacks some features.

Jay Doscher has announced a new variant on his popular Raspberry Pi Recovery Kit, designed to be cheaper and easier to build — and requiring only three 3D-printed parts: the Raspberry Pi Quick Kit.

The original Raspberry Pi Recovery Kit was unveiled last last year as an upgrade to Doscher's original attempt at a ruggedised Raspberry Pi portable, the Raspberry Pi Field Unit. Built around the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and featuring an LCD screen, five-port Ethernet switch, battery pack, mechanical keyboard, and impressive military-style connectors for the general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins, the Raspberry Pi Recovery Kit proved a popular design — but one which was hard for fans to replicate themselves.

"While I documented all the parts, I never thought about how much it would cost others to recreate it, and it was very tough for some to assemble with all of the soldering," Doscher explains. "To help newcomers and beginners, today I am releasing the Raspberry Pi Quick Kit. It is far simpler, cheaper, and easier to produce. There are only three 3D printed parts, and they should be able to print easily on most user-friendly printers."

The Raspberry Pi Quick Kit is a smaller version of the Recovery Kit, designed to integrate a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B into an off-the-shelf Pelican 1150 waterproof case. It uses the official Raspberry Pi 7" touchscreen display and panel-mount connectors for USB and Ethernet — but lacks the battery, keyboard, Ethernet switch, and GPIO connector access of its predecessor.

The files to print and instructions to assemble a Raspberry Pi Quick Kit are available on Doscher's website, while pre-produced Orange, Black, and Standard Grey models are available to purchase — along with the three 3D-printed parts, for those who lack access to a printer of their own.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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