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Aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi Zero that you can take around with you on a Keychain
Aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi Zero that you can take around with you on a Keychain
Aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi Zero that you can take around with you on a Keychain
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About the Project

We have designed and developed an aluminium keychain case for the Pi Zero, machined from billets of 6082T6 grade aluminium. They will be available in either a bare metal state or anodised with a choice of red or black.All parts necessary to complete the assembly will be supplied, including the hex key. All you need to do is provide your own Raspberry Pi Zero. For all backers of the kickstarter campaign we will also provide a lobster clasp key ring.

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In Red

 

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 Who Are We?

JCF Engineering is a company I started nine years ago. We are a small precision engineering business that provides machining services for high tech engineering clients. We receive designs and make them reality.

It has always been my ambition to develop my own products. So in 2016 I ventured into product design with my first project the PigiPi Aluminium Screen Stand. Buoyed with its success I started experimenting with the challenge of making a solid metal housing for the Pi Zero. After some prototyping I came up with the design you see here.

My passion is in making things, in particular, machining. The thrill of seeing something being created from a lump of metal never wears off on me. For this reason I believe it is important that we not only own the design process but also the manufacturing process. All our designs will play to our manufacturing expertise, and all effort will be taken in keeping processes in-house. 

Risks and challenges

The design is completed and we have a small quantity of stock to despatch. These are available as Early Bird offers.

All NC programs and fixtures are made and proven.

One process that we do not have at JCF Engineering is anodising, but we have built a good relationship with a local company. Through trial and error we have what I believe is a good quality anodise. Nonetheless, Anodising can go wrong, so we ensure that every piece is checked before despatch.

I have kept batch sizes down to a manageable level, to minimise possibility of delay on promised delivery dates.

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    Pledge £12 or more About $15

    Early Bird - Naked Ali Pi Zero Keychain

    CNC machined aluminium case, in bare metal state (not anodised) for the Raspberry Pi Zero with lobster clasp key ring, stainless steel countersunk screws and hex key for assembly. Ships Early April.

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    Naked Ali Pi Zero Keychain

    CNC machined aluminium case, in bare metal state (not anodised) for the Raspberry Pi Zero with lobster clasp key ring, stainless steel countersunk screws and hex key for assembly.

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    Naked Ali Pi Zero Keychain

    CNC machined aluminium case, in bare metal state (not anodised) for the Raspberry Pi Zero with lobster clasp key ring, stainless steel countersunk screws and hex key for assembly. For delivery mid May.

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    Early Bird - Black Ali Pi Zero Keychain

    Black Anodised, CNC machined aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi Zero with lobster clasp key ring, stainless steel countersunk screws and hex key for assembly. Ships Early April.

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    Early Bird - Red Ali Pi Zero Keychain

    Red Anodised, CNC machined aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi Zero with lobster clasp key ring, stainless steel countersunk screws and hex key for assembly. Ships Early April.

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    Black Ali Pi Zero Keychain

    Black Anodised, CNC machined aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi Zero with lobster clasp key ring, stainless steel countersunk screws and hex key for assembly.

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    Red Ali Pi Zero Keychain

    Red Anodised, CNC machined aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi Zero with lobster clasp key ring, stainless steel countersunk screws and hex key for assembly.

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    Black Ali Pi Zero Keychain

    Black Anodised, CNC machined aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi Zero with lobster clasp key ring, stainless steel countersunk screws and hex key for assembly. Ships Mid to late May.

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    Red Ali Pi Zero Keychain

    Red Anodised, CNC machined aluminium case for the Raspberry Pi Zero with lobster clasp key ring, stainless steel countersunk screws and hex key for assembly. Ships Mid to late May.

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