Assembly Guide: Acrylic Case for UUGear USB Hub and Raspberry Pi

This cute and tidy acrylic case can hold the UUGear 7-port USB hub and Raspberry Pi together. The walls of the case are translucent so you can see the LEDs on boards when they are working. This guide will show you how to assemble such a case, and the assembly will take about 5 minutes.

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What’s in the Kit?

  • 7 pieces of acrylic plates
  • 2 male-female 18mm M2.5 standoffs
  • 2 female-female 15mm M2.5 standoffs
  • 4 black M2.5 screws
  • 2 nylon M2.5 nuts

Step by Step

As you can see, each acrylic plate has protective membrane on its surfaces. So the first step is to remove those membrane. You will notice there are actually two different kinds of acrylic plates. The biggest two are in black and fully opaque and they are used as the top and bottom plates, while the rest are also in black but they are translucent (so the LED light inside can go through the walls of the case).

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You can use tweezers to peel them off carefully, and you will see much nicer plates with smooth surface.

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Let’s start from the bottom plate, which has 8 rectangle holes. Put the matte surface of the plate towards your desktop, and place two screws into the screw hole from the bottom surface (so the screw heads are on the matte side). Mount the two nylon nuts on the screws (so the nuts are on the glossy side). Don’t tweak them too tight, and make sure the screws can still rotate in the hole.

9-2tNow you can put the UUGear 7-port USB hub on the bottom plate. Just let the screw go through the mounting hole, and no need to mount them together for now. The nylon nuts are working as a spacer now, which ensure the 2mm distance between the hub and the bottom plate. We leave them alone and will get back to them later.

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Now we attach the standoffs onto Raspberry Pi. The male-female standoff (18mm) should be placed on upper side of Raspberry Pi.

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The female-female standoff (15mm) should be mounted on the lower side of Raspberry Pi, and tightly connects with the male-female standoff. We need to do the same for both mounting hole on the Raspberry Pi, so all 4 standoffs will be fixed on the board.

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We then start to put the side plates of the case in place. First off we should pick up the plate that has the window for USB port on Raspberry Pi. The kit includes the plates for both model A and B (so far doesn’t support model B+). Just choose one according to your Raspberry Pi model.

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Use your fingers to hold the side plate on its correct position.

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9-9tNow you can carefully place the Raspberry Pi with its walls above the bottom plate and the USB hub. Make sure the standoffs below the Pi align with the two screws, and the walls are fitted with the rectangle holes on the bottom plate.

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Place the top plate (which has 5 rectangle holes) above the wall and fit it with the wall, use the rest two screws to fix it on its place. Don’t forget the matte surface should be on top.

9-12tNow you can hold the case and its bottom plate, then put them up side down and tighten the screws on the bottom plates.

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That’s it! You have assembled the case, enjoy it!

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