The Bus Pirate is sold as a bare circuit board to keep costs down, but a little protection is helpful when you toss it in your bag for hacking on the go.
Ril3y sent us clear, red, and black cases to play with. We documented the assembly process below.
We’re giving away the red case to a random commenter. Leave a comment below and we’ll send it to someone next week.
The case arrived assembled, but there’s a protective cover over the acrylic layers.
Separate the layers by removing the nuts and gently unscrewing the bolts. Be patient, it should only take light finger pressure to remove them. Forcing the bolts could crack the acrylic.
Separate the layers and discard the extra material from the middle layers.
The front is etched with the IO header pinout, the back has a pin reference that shows the connections for each mode.
Cases normally have the Synthetos logo on the front, but Ril3y custom-etched this one with the Dangerous Prototypes logo. Thanks Ril3y!
The protective paper layer is burnt away wherever the laser etched the acrylic. Gently lift and peel the paper off each piece.
Some paper sticks in places with detailed etching, we removed it by rubbing with a finger. A final shine with glass cleaner removed fingerprints and sticky stuff.
Assembly is straight forward. Stack the bottom layer and uncut middle layer, then place the Bus Pirate on top.
Next, add the layer with a notch cut for the USB connector.
Finally, add the top layer with slots cut for the headers.
Screw the layers together carefully. If the bolt sticks, back it off and try again. Put the nuts back on the bottom of the bolts.
The IO header is keyed the correct way, but opposite how most people would use the Seeed Studio probe cable (and the colors won’t match the ‘i’ menu). We pulled apart the probe cable connector, and reversed the direction of the probe cable.
Get your own laser-cut acrylic Bus Pirate case from Synthetos for $14.99. Cases are available for both the Seeed and SparkFun PCB versions.