How to Assemble the Pibow

The Pibow is made to be fairly easy to assemble, with helpful colours and numbers to assist you along the way.

For children it is also a simple learning experience, but make sure younger children are supervised,as the kit does have some small parts.

~*~ You can also download and print the PDF Instructions ~*~


First, make sure you have all the bits:

  • 9x acrylic slices
    • 2x clear
    • 1x purple
    • 1x blue
    • 1x green
    • 1x yellow
    • 1x orange
    • 1x red
    • 1x raspberry
  • 4x nylon fixing screws
  • 4x nylon fixing nuts (may be attached to the screws)
  • You may also receive some spare screws and whatever random bits of shiny we had lying around when we shipped your Pibow

Getting Started

Remove the protective film from the layers of acrylic, to reveal a nice, shiny surface.

Separate the screws and nuts if necessary and put them somewhere safe where they won't roll away or be eaten by curious, hungry pets.

Layer up

The first seven layers have a number on them on their top. This number should always be in the same place as you build the case. We will call this location the top-left for reference.

  • Put layer 0 (clear) down on a table or flat surface.
  • Place layer 1 (purple) on top of it so the numbers match up
  • Place layer 2 (blue) on top of layer 1 and make it match up again.
  • Now take your Raspberry Pi, and place it with the SD Card down, and towards the gaps in layers 1 (purple) and 2 (blue).
  • Wiggle it a bit until it drops into the layers and sits nicely in the hole.
  • The blue layer should fit nicely around the edge of the Pi, the SD card holder should be sitting cosily in layer 1 (purple).

The Tricky Bit

  • Layer 3 (green) is the hardest to place.
  • Find the number on the layer, and line it up with layers 0, 1 and 2.
  • The shapes should match up with the USB and Network ports as it slides over them until it drops into place in line with the other layers.

The Easy Bits

  • Layers 4 (yellow), 5 (orange) and 6 (red) should all drop on top of layer 3 (green) easily, with their numbers lined up with the other layers.
  • GPIO: At this point, if you want to use a GPIO ribbon cable, such as the one from Adafruit, plug this into the Pi and fold the cable over the gap in layer 6 (red)
  • Now place layer 7 (raspberry) over the top of layer 6 (red) with the number lined up as normal.
  • You can now place the final clear layer on top

The Last Bit

  • Take one nylon screw, and holding the stack of layers in place, feed the screw from the top down, through the screw holes, wiggling them a little bit to get them to line up.
  • The fit should be firm, but not tight. If the screw starts bending, check the layers are aligned and the right way around, then try again.
  • Now take another screw and do the same in the opposite line of holes.
  • Repeat for the 3rd and 4th holes.
  • You can now put the nylon nuts on the end of the four screws.
  • These can be tiny and fiddly, so be careful.
  • Make sure they are finger tight, or better, so they won't come undone during normal use.

All Done!

Well done! Your Pibow is now complete. The case should feel robust and solid, with no layers moving, and nothing rattling. Your Pi may be able to move, but only a small amount.

If you have had any problems, or there is anything you think could be explained better, please get in touch with us atsupport@pimoroni.com

We'll have a PDF of these instructions that you can download and print at some point.