Pi-Powered Thermal Printer Camera

Do you miss your old Polaroid instant camera, or your old Gameboy Classic’s black and white camera? So do we, when we feel really nostalgic! In this Instructable, we will show you how to make your own instant camera using a Raspberry Pi, a Pi camera and screen and some electronics and a bunch of cardboard!.

For this project, we used the following supplies:

A Raspberry Pi 3B or 3B+ with microSD card
a 3 amp, 5V microUSB power supply
An official Raspberry Pi touchscreen
A USB thermal printer - we used one of Adafruit’s tiny thermal 3D printer
A switch - we used one of Adafruit’s arcade button from a previous project, but any switch will do
We also used the following equipment:

A third hand tool, to hold your electronics while you solder
Pliers - the flat, needlenose and cutting kinds
A wire stripper - to save you time prepping wiring
A soldering iron and solder”


Related Content