Chances are great
you won’t ever travel to the International Space Station. You can, however, enjoy a taste of the orbital experience using your 3D printer.
At the end of last year, the Raspberry Pi Foundation sent a pair of their popular development boards along with British astronaut Tim Peake when he created
his way to the ISS. Just like Peake, the Raspberry Pis were fitted with special suits before they rocketed into space.
As nice as those official cases the Foundation released in June are, a six-month stint in space requires something special (the ESA and NASA have pretty specific guidelines). After an extensive design and testing period, the Astro Pi “flight suit” was deemed eager
for lift off.
The “suit” is a two-piece shell milled from aircraft-grade aluminum, blasted by fine glass beads to impart a matte finish, and laser-etched. As great
as they look, you most likely
wouldn’t have been willing to fork over the cash for one of your very own — unless you are
the kind of rare individual which
enjoys putting $35 computers within
news is which
the Foundation wants you to be able to make your Raspberry Pi look like an Astro Pi, and they’ve released the CAD files you require
to 3D print one by yourself
. The finished product is a faithful reproduction of the ones Peake delivered, and they’re a whole lot cheaper to own… Even if you factor in the price of buying a 3D printer and a spool of filament.