Pi Crust is a breakout board for the Raspberry Pi that makes it easier to connect electronics - help us to bring this into kit form!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! WE ARE SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED AND PAST ALL OF OUR STRETCH GOALS!!
WHERE TO BUY AFTER KICKSTARTER ENDS?
If you have found this page after the end date (8pm UK time, 6th September 2013) then please visit our website at www.pi-supply.com in order to purchase a Pi Crust. The direct link is at http://www.pi-supply.com/product/pi-crust-easily-connect-electronics-to-your-raspberry-pi/ however this may change in the future. We will also be releasing further products, product information and downloads and various other bits and bobs on our website and Kickstarter in the future. So make sure to keep an eye on our blog at www.pi-supply.com/blog and please follow our Facebook and Twitter pages at www.facebook.com/raspisupply and www.twitter.com/PiSupply.
Thanks for all your support!
The aim of this project is to bring the Pi Crust Raspberry Pi add on board into an excellent kit form that is widely available worldwide and for a great price.
UPDATED STRETCH GOALS!!
We are very pleased to announce that due to the fantastic response we have had to this project we are now able to offer some stretch goals which can be seen below:
GOAL 1 ACHIEVED!! £4500 - blue solder screen colour similar to the cyan colour in the Pi Crust logo (see below for the colour test done by the PCB house)
GOAL 2 ACHIEVED!! £5500 - immersion gold contacts
GOAL 3 ACHIEVED!! £6500 - additional stickers - we will add an extra two Pi Supply stickers to go along with the Pi Crust sticker included with all of the pledges of Sticker Madness and above
GOAL 4 ACHIEVED!! £7500 - COMING SOON
GOAL 5 ACHIEVED!! £8500 - COMING SOON
Help us to hit all of these goals!
- do you have more than one Pi? do you want another Pi? If you answered yes to either of these questions, why not double up your pledge, or add a RasPi and power supply to your order! See one of our previous updates for more details. Thanks a lot for all of your support so far!
- we also still have 4 of the FIRST EDITION pledges available...so if you want to get your Pi Crust kit first, and want to support The MagPi and the Raspberry Pi foundation at the same time then why not back at this level? You can also still add extra kit even if you back at this level. We will ship the FIRST EDITION rewards immediately after the end of the campaign, and will send any extra kit with all of the other pledges
WHAT AM I?
I'm a breakout board for the Raspberry Pi. I make it easy to connect electronics.
- I'm compact. Really compact. I add less than 2mm to the height of your Raspberry Pi and 1mm to to width.
- I have well labelled pins, grouped together logically, including GPIO, I2C, SPI, UART and power.
- I have female headers - you can poke jumpers right in.
- I have lots of GND and 5V pins - you need those a lot.
- I'm easy to make. A good project to learn to solder with.
- I'm low cost.
- I'm fully open source hardware. Fork me, tweak me, share me.
WHY A KIT?
We love electronics kits for a multitude of reasons - they are fun to put together, you get a sense of achievement at the end of it, they are great for learning about soldering and electronics and many many more reasons...
At Pi Supply we are quite keen on the whole education and fun aspect of the Raspberry Pi and computing and electronics in general, so we feel that a kit is much more worthwhile to all of our backers.
However, you don't need to be a soldering god or an electronics pro to put our kits together - we make sure they are simple enough even for absolute beginners to put together.
ABOUT THE DESIGN
The toughest part of the design was making it fit inside a Raspberry Pi. The existing Raspberry Pi headers actually go all the way through the board and it sits approximately 2mm above the Raspberry Pi (very close). It's almost as if it is part of the original board. Because it sits so close to the Raspberry Pi, care has been taken to ensure that the thru-hole components avoid components on the Raspberry Pi board (so they don't short them out), and to avoid restricting air getting to the main ARM processor.
Although most of the good pictures we have show the v3 board, we are now onto v5 after a number of improvements and changes.
Using this new design, we have set out on a production run of 15 printed circuit boards with our supplier of choice in order to check the quality. We are extremely pleased with the outcome, and think you will be too:
We have been performing tests with 3 of the boards, however we are delighted to say that we have the remaining 12 available to our backers in the FIRST EDITION reward. Pledge at this level and you will also be sending a donation to both the Raspberry Pi Foundation and The MagPi magazine - 50% of profits from these pledges will go to the Foundation and the remaining 50% to The MagPi.
We have also lined up supply of the components from various suppliers and are happy with the quality of all of the different components.
REWARDS AND DELIVERY
We already have the design and a working prototype so this is essentially a group buy style project. All we need is around 70 people to sign up to receive a Pi Crust to get the product to you at a bargain price! Therefore this project is 100% risk free - once we reach our funding target we can then place the orders with our suppliers and everything will be on its way to your doors very soon.
As stated above, this project is already completely open source. The files are available to view and download here - https://github.com/joewalnes/pi-crust
WHO ARE WE?
Pi Supply started earlier this year with a project to bring a Raspberry Pi Power switch to life. We successfully funded this project on Kickstarter, however that was only the beginning. We also recently opened a web store at www.pi-supply.com and have begun to fill it with cool things. However some of the cool things we want to fill it with just do not exist yet - which is why we are bringing them to you here!
We have lots of ideas for Raspberry Pi add on boards and acessories and we want to bring those to you over the coming months using Kickstarter as a sounding board for these ideas...thanks for your help and support in bringing these ideas to reality.
We have been working with Joe Walnes (@joewalnes on twitter) to bring the Pi Crust into a full kit form and are delighted to now bring it to life on Kickstarter. Also check out the Pi Crust website at http://picru.st
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Thanks for looking at our project and for your support in bringing it to life. Even bigger thanks if you have made a pledge to our project.
Even if you can't support with a pledge, why not help us by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks or blogs you use?
Some of you who have read the rewards section already are probably wondering why we are including an Adafruit RTC with some of the pledges? Well here is why:
How to add extra kit to my pledge?
- If you would like to add another blank PCB (with no components) to your pledge, please add £8 (+£3 for international shipping)
- If you would like to add another Pi Crust starter kit to your pledge, please just add an additional £13 to the total amount (+£3 for international shipping).
- If you would like to add another CLOCK KIT to your pledge, please just add an additional £23 to the total amount (+£3 for international shipping).
- If you would like to add another Raspberry Pi + power supply to your pledge please add £45 (+£5 for international shipping)
- If you would like to add another ULTIMATE KIT to your pledge please add £70 (+£5 for international shipping)
Obviously we will be throwing in extra stickers with these too!!
At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, we will send out a survey with an option to tell us about any additional items you pledged for.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are not many risks and challenges because, as stated above, this is essentially a group buy. The PCB design is already finalised and tested and is working great.
We already have production quality units in hand and they have been confirmed to be working correctly.
The only risks and challenges are the supply of the PCBs and other rewards themselves, and the reliability of the shipping networks.
We have made sure to get quotes from various suppliers for both PCB manufacture and component supply, which should mitigate any delay should either of them not be able to fulfil our orders in time. We have also made sure to use commonly available components, so that they can easily be sourced from a variety of suppliers.
In terms of shipping, the kits will be assembled as soon as the materials arrive with us. This will not be more than a few weeks after the end of the Kickstarter project, so everyone will have their kits shipped out before the end of September 2013!
All you really need is a soldering iron and some solder. However it might be beneficial to have a "solder sucker", a soldering iron holder and a "third hand" work clamp with magnifier. It is also advisable to wear some protective eyewear, and to work in a well ventilated area.
This kit is suitable even to complete beginners at soldering. The top of the board is printed with the locations of all the parts, and there is an assembly guide to help you too. It is pretty self explanatory though!