You'll soon be able to 3D print your own Raspberry Pi-powered laptop

A fruity entrant into DIY computing

From body parts to aircraft wings, barely a week goes by without hearing that something new has been made on a 3D printer, but this might be one of the most ambitious projects yet.

Detailed in a Reddit post by the London-based team behind it, the Pi-Top is a full-sized 3D printed laptop that houses a Raspberry Pi micro computer in the case. It comes complete with an integrated trackpad, ports and 13.3-inch TFT LCD monitor (1366 x 768).

The prototype model was printed in three separate parts using a Rostock Max V2 printer with a PLA 1.75mm nozzle at a speed of 70mm per second, a process that took around 160 hours.

Cookery course

An achievement in itself, the Pi-Top team's ultimate aim is to see you replicate its feat by 3D printing your own components or using one of its pre-assembled kit, which are heading to Kickstarter soon - and a hefty chunk of spare time.

As such, the Pi-Top is being pitched as both an affordable computer (pledges are yet to be confirmed) and a way of learning how to 3D print, design printed circuit boards and create products from start to finish.

The team plans to offer free hardware lessons through its website post-launch, should it achieve its funding goal, which will include ways of how to program using the lastest Raspbian OS.

Kane Fulton
Kane has been fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers since first getting his hands on an Amiga 500+ back in 1991. These days he mostly lives in realm of VR, where he's working his way into the world Paddleball rankings in Rec Room.