Raspberry Pi Heat Sink

Project Difficulty: Easy

Project Time: Less than 5 minutes

Materials Needed:

  • Thermal compound
  • Small heat sink (I got mine form an on-board graphics processor on an old computer)

Tools Needed:

  • Hack saw (With metal cutting blade)
  • Vice
  • File (Optional)
  • Screw Driver (Optional)
  • Knife (Optional)Raspberry Pi Heat Sink

Step 1: Getting your heat sink

. You can find heat sinks that are 1/2 in x 1/2 in or larger.

• Old computers (on the on-board graphics processor)
• Old video game consoles
• Old power supplies

. Remove the heat sink with a screw driver or by hand

Step 2: Cut #1

1. Clean off bottom of heat sink with knife or file
2. Find the best place to cut

• 4×3 prongs was the perfect size on my heat sink (may be different for you)
• Pick a spot with no bent prongs just so it looks nice

3. Place heat sink in vice and make your cutRaspberry Pi Heat Sink schematic

Step 3: Cut #2

  1. Find the best spot for your second cut
    • Some pins may bend while cutting, but it is alright
  2. Place in vice again and cut

Step 4: Cut #3 (Optional)

  1. You can cut the prongs of your heat sink off so it doesn’t stick out from the Pi so much
  2. Place in vice and cut the prongs about 1/4 in


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