LinkIt ONE Lego Case v3


This build was something I did on my own to protect the LinkIt ONE that I carry with me so dearly. With all of its modules, it has become my main go-to unit, and for its price, it cannot be beaten for a while. Where it is lacking is in the durability department. Those cords are dangling all over the place, and just asking to be broken. About 4 hours of tinkering and using went into this design, and the only shortcoming that I am finding is that it probably does not accommodate shields. There are worse things, so we move on.


This is compact and just big enough to hold all the antennas and battery in place. The pieces used were what I had available, and I’m sure that each person will have a slight variant. Have fun with it.

Step 1:


Lay out the bottom pieces like the picture has. The large ones are two 4×12 flat bricks with a 1×8 in between. The 1×4 on top is smooth to wedge the battery in place to prevent movement.

Step 2:


The frame and the build of the case is a little unique because the LinkIt is only 7 bricks wide. In this picture, you are building up the battery and cellular voids. All the gray angles are the same, and in the bottom right is a 1×4 and 1×3 to build up support for the wifi/bt antenna.

Step 3:


Put your battery in place. It’s now or never.

Step 4:


This is where the magic happens. There’s two 1×8 flats for the LinkIt to rest on, but the 1×4 on the left and the 1×2 on the bottom right keep it in place. Don’t’ forget to add the 1×4 you see in the bottom right.

Step 5:


Here is where you get your LinkIt in place. Set it on top of the smooth bricks you put in during the 4th step. Build the wifi/bt antenna enclosure you see closest to you with the white bricks. The black bricks are full 16 length. Make sure the cell antenna is pushed completely in so the wifi/bt holder won’t damage it.

Step 6:


Put them in place, making sure the cord for the wifi/bt antenna does a little loop that you see in the picture. That will contain the extra length and relieve stress from the contact points. Build the set of Legos you see closest to you. This will hold the GPS.

Step 7:


Build the axle with the rims on it. These have just the right spacing to hold the board and GPS in place. The axel is 8 long with ½ brick length on each end.

Step 8:


Going clockwise around the picture, the length of the large pieces are 12, 8, and 10. Make sure you have the black connector on the first one, and the 4 and 6 length flat Legos on for spacing in the next steps. The axel goes into the third from the right hole on the first length, and the fifth from the right hole on the third piece.

Step 9:


Put the pieces in place from step 8, making sure the LinkIt and the GPS are sitting easily in place. At this point, the board should not move. Grab your two 2×6 flat pieces.

Step 10:


Put those 2×6 pieces on either side of the top of the case. Next grab two 2×8, two 2×4, and one 1×4 flat pieces and assemble like you see in the picture. This is going to go on top.

Step 11:


Put the Legos assembled in step ten on top, making sure the GPS antenna is seated inside without forcing anything. At this point, make sure everything is pushed together. Then shake around like there’s no tomorrow. The only noise you should hear is a slight movement of the battery.

Step 12:

Build awesome things.


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