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Assembling the Raspberry Pi and the HAT

Step 1: Necessary parts

You will need:

  • A Raspberry Pi of your choosing
  • Hex nuts (4x)
  • 12mm hex standoffs (4x)
  • 12mm hex standoffs-with-6mm-screws (4x)
  • 10mm screws (4x)
  • Bottom faceplate
  • HAT

Depending on if you are using a Raspberry Pi Zero (the right-most Raspberry Pi displayed), or Raspberry Pi A or B (the full and 3/4 size), the placement of the hex nuts will be slightly different. See below:

The 40 GPIO pins (standing for general-purpose input/output) form a distinct row on one side of the RPi. Note the orientation of these pins to help you assemble correctly!

Step 2: Bottom faceplate

  1. Orientation: the base will have a flat edge and an edge with an indent. The GPIO pins sit along the indent, seen on the left in the images.
  2. Insert the 10mm screws into the holes.
  3. Hand screw a hexnut onto each screw.
  4. Place the Raspberry Pi on top, aligning the holes, with the GPIO pins on the left. Note: your Raspberry Pi may look different than the one displayed.

Step 3: Placing the HAT

  1. Hand screw on the hex standoffs-with-screw in each corner.
  2. Place the HAT PCB on top. Push down to secure it in place.

The HAT PCB's GPIO connector will line up with the RPi's GPIO pins, and may require a slight force to compress down. Careful not to apply too much force.

  1. Hand screw the hex standoffs in each corner, on top of the HAT.
  2. Put this aside and proceed to the next page.