Assembling the SmartiPi Touch

Here is how a fitted I Raspberry Pi 3 with a 7-inch touch screen using a SmartiPi Touch case.

Start off by placing four sticky feet on the base.

Adding the sticky feet to the base
Adding the sticky feet to the base

Now we move on to the ‘door’ at the back of the case. Find one of the small rubber patches…

Trap door and rubber patch.
Trap door and rubber patch.

…and stick it in place.

All done.
All done.

There is another of these patches to fit to the back of the case…

Fit patch to the top right of the case rear.
Fit patch to the top right of the case rear.

 

Case is now prepped.
Case is now prepped.

Next up is to offer the base up to the case hinges and fit the two bolts. It is important not to tighten these bolts too much or the hinge will not operate.

Checking hinge alignment.
Checking hinge alignment.

Fit the supplied ribbon cable to the slot in the back of the display screen control board with the silver contacts facing up…

screenribbon1_1
Check the silver contacts. They must face up where they slot in to the control board.

…and offer up the screen to the case, threading the ribbon cable through.

Thread the ribbon cable through carefully.
Thread the ribbon cable through carefully.

Once in place, the screen can be fixed in to the case with four black screws.

Screw the screen in to place with four black screws.
Screw the screen in to place with four black screws.

Now let’s fit the Pi. Again, look carefully at how the ribbon cable exits the case and orientates with the Pi’s connector.

Careful how you orient the ribbon cable.
Careful how you orient the ribbon cable.

Slide the pi in to place and it will mate up with two small pegs in the recess where the Pi sits. At this point you may fix the Pi in place with two screws leaving the board accessible for experiments. However, at this point I will fit the trap door I prepared earlier.

The trap door holds the Pi in place without screws allowing quick access.
The trap door holds the Pi in place without screws allowing quick access.

In the next post, another treat for a very deserving little Pi…

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