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Assemble Pico 3S Raspberry Pi 3

These instructions show how to assemble a complete Pico 3S Raspberry PI cluster.

The instructions for assembling the Pi board stack are here. This needs to be completed before assembling the rest of the Cube.

Please contact support@picocluster.com if you encounter any difficulties.

Step 1 – Base Panel

Remove the paper backing from the acrylic and screw the stack to the base panel using the 3/8" screws and washers from packet 1. The board stack goes on the left side of the base panel with the power cables facing to the right.

Step 2 – Switch Side Panel

Remove the paper backing from the switch side panel and open the switch package. Place the nylon washer on the 1" screws then thread through panel as shown. Place the switch onto the screws then tighten down with the nuts. The angle power connect needs to be put on before attaching the panel to the base plate.

Attach the switch side panel to the base panel as shown. Use a screw/washer/nut combo from packet E.

Step 3 – Front Panel

Remove the paper backing from the front panel. Attach the HDMI cable to the front panel using the 3/8" screws and nylon washers.

The barrel power cable needs to be attached with super glue. Just add a couple of small drops to the inside of the hole, then push the power cable into the hole. Please wait a few minutes for the glue to dry before proceeding. If any of the glue gets on the acrylic panel, it will damage it.

Step 4 – Cabling

Once the glue is dry, thread the HDMI Cable through the back and thread the power cable and switch power cable through the cable management hole and under the board power cables by the PDU.

Attach the front panel to the base and switch side panels as shown. Use a screw/washer/nut combo from packet for each.

Attach the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on the top board, then tuck the excess under the bottom board.

Step 5 – PDU Wiring

The terminals from left to right are [+ in] [- ground] [+ out]. Attach the power input to the left(red) and center(black) terminals. Attach the switch power to the power output right(red) and center(black) terminals. Make sure the terminals are screwed down tight.

Step 6 – Right Side Panel

Remove the paper backing from the acrylic and attach the right side panel to the base plate as shown. Use a screw/washer/nut combo from packet E.

Step 7 – Back Panel

Remove the paper backing from the acrylic and attach the back panel to the base panel as shown. Use a screw/washer/nut combo from packet E.

Step 8 – Top Panel

Remove the paper backing from the acrylic and attach the top panel to the base panel as shown. Use a screw/washer/nut combo from packet E.

Step 9 – Completed Cube

Plug the network cables into each board and a port on the switch. An external network cable can also be attached to the switch to provide WAN connectivity.

Put formated micro SD cards in each boards, turn on, connect to WAN network and enjoy!

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