Maz_Baz's Raspberry Pi-Powered, 3D-Printed Cyberdeck Gives the Rebel Alliance Pathfinders a New Tool

3D-printed chassis, inspired by Star Wars aesthetics, houses an off-the-shelf Raspberry Pi touchscreen, Bluetooth keyboard, and USB battery.

Redditor Maz_Baz has built a Raspberry Pi-powered cyberdeck that any Star Wars fan would love to lug around, inspired by the aesthetics of the Rebel Alliance Pathfinders and near-completely 3D-printed.

"Pathfinders are the special forces troops of the Rebel Alliance," Baz explains of the inspiration behind the design, "and I wanted to create something that one of their techs might lug into battle — Field Terminal — for quick hacks into Imperial systems or airstrike coordination. Or in my case, a tactical way to go from my desk to my couch."

The Star Wars-inspired housing is 3D printed as individual components, and houses a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B single-board computer along with a compact 4" Mieuzei Raspberry Pi 4 touchscreen with case and cooling fan, a Jelly Comb foldable Bluetooth keyboard, and an Anker PowerCore 13000 USB battery pack as a power source.

"The monitor prints will house the entire LCD screen/Raspberry Pi combo," Baz notes. "It helps to have a L-shaped USB C connection as this attaches at the bottom of the monitor and needs to be able to clear the bottom during swing movements."

Baz's own example was printed on a Creality Ender 3 Pro from PLA, and required a small amount of finishing — sanding the bolts and bolt housings, primarily — to ensure the folding system worked correctly.

More details on the project can be found in the Reddit thread, while the design files are available on Thingiverse.

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