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Adafruit 16x2 LCD Kit Case Assembly Instructions

February 10, 2017

The laser-cut parts of the case are protected by an adhesive film which needs to be removed before assembly.

Bill of Materials

  • Raspberry Pi B+/2/3
  • Adafruit 16x2 LCD Kit
  • 7x Acrylic Pieces
  • 4x M2.5 x 8mm M/F Stand Off
  • 4x M2.5 x 5mm Black Screw
  • 2x M3 x 3mm Nylon Spacer
  • 4x M2.5 Nut
  • 2x 4-40 x 5/8 Screw
  • 2x 4-40 x 3/16 F/F Stand Off
  • 2x 4-40 Nut

NOTE: Acrylic is a hard and stiff plastic which is sensitive to stress concentrations and shares a certain level of fragility with glass. Acrylic can scratch easily and should be cleaned with a mild solution of dish detergent and warm water. Never use cleaners unsuitable for acrylic. Never use a dry, abrasive cloth.

Here are the parts from the case kit:

Follow these images checking parts and orientation of the acrylic pieces. You will see a before and after image for each step. Make sure you have all the parts ready, shown in the before picture.

Start by securing the M2.5 x 8mm stand offs to the Pi with the M2.5 nuts.

Then attach the bottom plate with the M2.5 x 5mm black screws.

Attach the two 4-40 x 5/8 screws to the top plate with the 4-40 x 3/16 F/F stand offs.

Now we need to carfully insert the M3 x 3mm spacers in between the top LCD PCB and the low PCB. Make sure the line up with the mounting holes.

Now we need to remove the little buttons from their surrounding acrylic. Simply break away the excess acrylic.

Insert the longer side of the buttons into the button holes in the top plate.

Carefully add the LCD PCB to the top plate, and secure in place using the 4-40 nuts.

Now we need to attach the LCD to the Raspberry Pi's GPIO header. When you press the LCD down onto the GPIO, don't press it all the way down, you need a little 1-2mm gap.

Next up is to attach the end walls.

And finally add the side walls. Simply line the mounting holes up with the mounting points on the end walls and gently press them on.

Last update: February 15, 2017

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