Pi-Top is the first 3D printed laptop

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 11 2014 @ 15:45 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
TPU pulls our attention to the Pi-Top, world's first laptop with a 3D printed chassis. This do-it-yourself project is based on the Raspberry Pi with some extension modules and a 13.3" 720p LCD display.

Funds to build these systems are raised at IndieGoGo, the goal was set at $80,000 and it already stands at $129,790 with still 65 hours left. You can check out the project over here and buy your own Pi-Top Kit for $285.

While it's a neat concept, the price is definitely a bummer. The minimum price including shipping comes in at $320 and for that amount you can definitely get much better laptops. HP for instance has its Stream laptop series with pricing starting at just $199.99 for the 11.6" version and 229.99" for the 13.3" model.
Other components of the kit include a Raspberry Pi with three expansion modules (laptop power management PCB, HDMI to LVDS bridge PCB, and keyboard+trackpad controller PCB); a 13.3-inch LCD panel with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution, a battery, a USB 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 WLAN controller, a keyboard and trackpad, a DC wall plug, and a piece of paper with a URL to an online video tutorial on how to put the thing together.


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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