Noe Ruiz’s latest post on the Adafruit electronics shop is the ideal gift for the tech-obsessed guinea pig that has everything: a tiny 3D printable PC that runs old school Mac applications on Raspberry Pi. The prolific designer describes Mini Mac Pi as ‘the smallest and cutest Mac Classic inspired project’ and any hobbyists looking for a fun, affordable 3D print to play about with should look no further.
With an estimated 8 hours of printing for the frame, a Raspberry Pi, a pretty short shopping list of extra items and a minimum of soldering, you can get your model up and running over the course of a weekend. The screen is a 2.8 inch TFT, through which you can handle all the basic functions of your desktop.
For those that don’t know, the Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized single board computer, which was launched back in 2012 in order to teach kids computer science. It charges via USB and runs MiniVMac, which allows you to emulate Mac O.S. 7.
This means, when you fire up your Mini Mac Pi, you can access all sorts of fun Mac Apps like Mac Paint on perhaps the most portable desktop ever invented. Though the designer recommends printing in PLA, as it is less likely to warp, it can be fired off in ABS too.
Everything is open-sourced, so you can customise Ruiz’s original design to your heart’s content. The Raspberry Pi does not support sound, but you can add thin internal 8ohm 0.25w speakers to blast you fave tunes while you play with your tiny computer.
The designer does warn, however, that it’s suitable for makers with a bit of experience, saying:
The most difficult part of the build may lie with the expereince of the builder. If you are new to 3D printing and don’t own one, you can still make this project by having a 3d printing service make and ship the parts to you. If you are new to hardware like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, you’ll be glad to know there’s only a minor bit of soldering and most components just connect together. Keeping this in mind, there are a few things to expect!