At long last I'm gonna wrap this up! Last time I talked about assembly, which is the last thing I do before outfitting each case to suit each individual order. So this time I’ll share some pics of the options we offered & also a little bit of info on case packaging since I’ve gotten so many compliments on it (which must be shared with @Xaero252 since the method is his). Then we can safely call this build log DONE and go have a
I think we can all agree that one thing that makes Splash special is the customizability built into it. I built the first one to match my tastes so I wanted everyone to be able to build their Splash to match their style & whatever theme they wanted. To that end, three colors were offered (four if you count the two prototype cases that were coated gloss white, plus custom colors for the lucky few who got one of the first batch of cases), along with several side panel options, different color power switches and personalized nameplates. If you own a case you know what all that means, but if not here's some more on that.
Before outfitting each case, they’re fully assembled with the exception of the options. You can see here that basically means the sidepanel and power switch isn’t installed, but it’s otherwise ready to go:
Sidepanel: we offered a color-matched steel sidepanel, clear acrylic, smoked acrylic and later added a frosted clear sidepanel at the request of @knch which really turned out cool. The acrylic panels:
Power switches are the 16mm ring-LED variety. Toward the end of the production run I hand-wired each switch using MDPC or Lutro0 sleeving because it looks sooooo good. I didn’t advertise that though because it was really only the last few cases that got it. But worth sharing a pic & bragging about here.
And probably my favorite option is the custom nameplate. We started out by cutting these out of aluminum, which it turns out is ridiculously expensive (because its one-of-a-kind & setup takes a long time). So mid-production we switched to laser-cut acrylic nameplates. The plus side there is that acrylic is cheap and easy to cut so that opened up a lot of color possibilities.
Also late in the game, and by popular demand I hand-made three front IO blank plates for a few buyers. We originally offered cases with IO deletes, where the metalwork completely omitted the front IO holes. Understandably those cases sold out quickly, leaving a few buyers wanting. @drifterdave and I came up with a pretty elegant solution, which is basically a small laser-cut piece of ¼” acrylic that I hand-file and sand to take on the shape of the cutouts. It just friction-fits into the opening and effectively makes those holes disappear. Plus it allows longer video cards to fit and if you change your mind about the front IO later it reinstalls with two screws.
Here’s the laser cut part (left) and the finished part after filing & sanding (right):
Finally here’s a photo dump of the packaging. Bubblewrap rules!
On that bombshell I’d like to say to all of you for following along, it’s been a quite a ride! And of course it’s not really over, as everyone is building with their own cases now & sharing either in their build logs or in the Brotherhood thread. I’m watching them pretty closely for ideas for my next rebuild. But that’s a topic for another build log.
Kyle | SLE