Three queries arose after my Raspberry Pi demo at the first session of the UCD CoderDojo for the 2017/18 academic year at the UCD Innovation Academy. The first question related to the cost and availability of the Pi 3 “in the shops”. The second query/discussion was about the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s alliance with the CoderDojo Foundation and what it would mean for volunteers and members of the dojos. And finally, the third inquiry took place when the session finished and I was putting my gear away. One very enthusiastic father wanted to know where he could buy an AstroPi case.
As far as I am aware the cases are not available for sale from any source. But I could be wrong. I have only seen two homemade cases in the flesh and both of them bore no resemblance to the unit in use on the space station. The unit manufactured for the space mission was custom-made to the highest tolerances. I did attempt to have the ESA Pi 3 model featured in the above video 3D printed but it was far too expensive. However, I will investigate the possibility of having one run off at the UCD Innovation Academy. The above video goes through all the steps to 3D print the case in various forms for models 2 and 3. Enjoy!