In the famous novel Neuromancer characters use portable computers known by many names but usually referred to as simply “decks”. Decks are less laptops and more 80’s PCs that can be used remotely. In a new twist on this idea is the Reviiser, a project that packs a Raspberry Pi and mechanical keyboard into an interesting 3D printed design.

Maker Dave Estes is the one behind the Reviiser Cyberdeck and was kind enough to speak to us about how the project came together.

Tinkercad was the modelling software of choice here, Estes telling us that he loves the ease of use here as the model can be messed around with endlessly like a 3D sketchbook. The Osborne Vixen was an inspiration here, a “luggable” PC from 1984 which is the same year Neuromancer was originally published.

Reviiser’s unique form encompasses a Raspberry Pi 4, Z-88 keyboard, 7″ touchscreen, a touchpad and a unique folding design that makes it more portable and really bumps up the aesthetic of the whole package. A 32 000 mAh battery powers everything here, and all of this tech needs to fit into the printed enclosure.

Because of this modelling took some time to complete. A couple hours of work were put into it over the course of a couple of months with many iterations needing to be scrapped due to printing limitations.

Once these problems were ironed out printing took a solid few days to complete. Aside from the large size here (15 X 7 X 7 inches / 38.1 X 17.78 X 17.78 centimetres), the Reviiser was printed at 100 percent infill to make it as bulky as possible.

Aside from painting the Reviiser logo white, no finishing work was needed here. Estes does say that a future reprint using more colours of filament could be seen in the future.

While the version of this project you see on this page is complete, as with any hobby project improvements and changes are on the way.

“I’m currently working on a cartridge system for the Reviiser that will allow people to print and connect cartridge based sensors that will connect directly to the GPIO pins without having to open the case. This should make the format of this deck useful for people who have specific ideas as to what they could use this thing for,” Estes adds.

The current iteration of Reviiser can be downloaded for free from Thingiverse. Aside from the files it also contains a parts list of all the electronics used to make it.

If you’d like to keep up with the project, make sure to visit its dedicated site for future updates and more versions.

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