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i really dig this!
cannot wait to see the finished product!

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In for a show!! PUMPED to see the end result.
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Hi SLE, I had a few questions that maybe yourself or Dwood can answer. Firstly, what thickness of steel are you using for the one-piece top/front/bottom frame? And secondly, if I was to approach someone here in Oz to fabricate a design using a similar gauge metal with numerous folds/seams - what equipment would they need? A pan brake?

the last one is def. a question for Dwood. I designs em, he builds em. wink.gif The material on my case is 14-gauge steel, which is almost 2mm thick. As I mentioned in the last update we're going extra-beefy since the panels need to bear the weight of the case.
 
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[Previous Update]

Got another design update for y'all (“yayyyyyy” the children screamed). kookoo.gif
★ ★ ★

As the case came into focus I started having more fun with the aesthetics. I toyed around with adding a small side panel window before I decided it would be a whole lot easier just to make the entire panel acrylic:



I also experimented with more grill options. Um, no.



The slots in one of the early designs ended up being the best. That’s a Dwood invention…. He told me early on that slots are a lot quicker to cut than holes or other mesh designs because the total cut length and machine movement is much shorter. And if you do it right the amount of airflow (put another way, percentage of airflow blocked by the case) is comparable. teaching.gif

Slots also give me a way to (mostly) conceal built-in fan filters. If temps cooperate, I’m going to run a positive air pressure (all intake) setup which will allow me to filter all air that enters the case. The filter frame is on the left… mesh will be adhered to it and it will be sandwiched between the case and fan (a similar one is being built for the 240 rad on top).



Mobo mounts (w/countersunk hex-head screws) are visible on the exterior of the case, which is perfectly fine given the industrial look. 12mm hex spacers (standoffs) will separate the mobo from the inside of the panel.



Placing and adjusting screw holes for fabrication was a real PITA. The case uses a mix of M3 and 6-32 screws, and each hole needed to be adjusted to match the proper size. There are over 150 screw holes on the case that needed to be drawn and placed precisely where needed. The shot below shows an iteration of the acrylic side panel that hadn’t been adjusted yet.



Brackets for watercooling equipment are built into the case. Here’s a detail of the pump & res configuration,…



…the drainport and with its cutout (oversized in case I want to change GPUs down the road)…



…and fillport, which can be more precisely located than the drain since it isn’t directly attached to any other hardware. It’ll connect via tubing from the top of the res.



Some of the more ingenious features (if I do say so myself tongue.gif ) started out as workarounds but IMO turned out to be pretty cool. The SSD & HDD mount on a removable panel in the bottom of the case. I’ll be able to mount the drives to the panel, then connect wiring, then attach the panel to the case. Kindof a trap-door setup.




I also like how the case has small holes between the panels near the corners of the case. This wasn’t intentional… it’s just a side effect of the way the panels mount to each other. It’s consistent with the theme: an industrial, functional look that manages to look good even though it wasn’t designed for aesthetics.



Also purely functional is the rear panel and 2-slot PCI mounts. Nothing good looking about it, but by some clever cutting & bending I hope to accomplish what generally takes case manufactures a whole lot more pieces and intricate metalwork to achieve.




Tolerances throughout are naturally very tight because of the size of the case. There’s only 5mm between the HDD bracket and front IO (with about the same clearance at the rear). My finished case is ~.25L larger than the original plan because tolerances between components were originally 1-2mm, which I didn’t feel comfortable with. If something was off by the slightest bit I’d risk having to scrap the first prototype and start over (money better spent on bikes & babes cheers.gif ).



A few stills of the finished, bare panels:






Here they are with each panel highlighted in a different color so you can distinguish between them and see how they all fit together



Got to include a little branding wink.gif . It’ll be hidden when assembled but I’ll know it’s there. Kind of a maker’s mark.



I think that’s it for the 3D design portion of the project. Obviously there’s been plenty of chicken-scratched notes & measurements to go along with the above. In fact there’s still a stack of notes on my desk that I won’t pitch until the project’s done… just in case...

Hopefully the excruciating detail is useful/interesting. headscratch.gif Basically the last 4 updates have taken us from the original idea to the beginnings of fabrication, where we’ll see if all that work was worth it!

Case fab itself should be wrapping up any day now. As you can imagine my fingernails are bitten to bloody stumps from the anticipation! I want to get this thing built!! lmaosmiley.gifeek.gifbiggrinsmiley.gif

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Awesome design. Can't wait to see it all painted up and hardware going in.
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It’ll be hidden when assembled but I’ll know it’s there. Kind of a maker’s mark.

This is the best kind of artistry, the details you add for yourself, not because you need to show them off. thumb.gif
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wow.

very meticulous.
the final CAD product is gorgeous.

looking very yes forward progressive this to come.









i hope people realize that that was a joke...
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This is looking really great much better than I could have ever done for sure thumb.gif
    
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This looks great, I love how small it is
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thanks for the support guys! seriously it's really a great motivator and keeps me honest. thumb.gif

got a couple fun surprises in the works that I'll share soon (whether I have the case by then or not, cough, dwood poke.gif )... wink.gif
 
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i gotta say, evey time you say you might rample on, or you dont know how much detail to share, or you feel really proud of solving one of the many problems that arise, i know exactly how you feel. we have almost the exact same principles and ideas, but they manifested in very different ways. i too was aiming for small, minimal, cheap, simple to produce, etc case that didnt skimp on cooling ability and ended up with a slightly similar monocoque (or as i called it, exoskeleton) design. however the shape and layout is very different and i used all-in-ones instead of a custom loop. if you want to check it out here's the thread. im actually in a holding pattern right now waiting for the new panels to arrive from dwood, so again you know how i feel: anxious! also, im guessing you may have something to do with my panels taking so long. tongue.gif jk, dwood said it was due to the move. but hopefully we will both have our case parts in hand within a week or two and get our projects finished! i will be eagerly watching to see the final look of your rig. thumb.gif
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@ekuest - thanks for the note! I just read your build log cover to cover and like you said it's interesting how the same basic idea could end up so different (even using different 3D/CAD programs tongue.gif ). Even though I think my research & design has been thorough, I'm sure I'll find something that needs to be reworked. It's all part of the fun, though... if it was that easy someone would have done it already. drunken.gif

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