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I need to design and have a local sheet metal company build a custom case for me. I can use Autodesk Inventor, kind of like AutoCAD. What I want to know is if there's any place that has standard dimensions (i.e. PCI Slot distance, MoBo/PSU Mounting screw template, i/o shield template, HDD rack, etc)
Edited by vovolagina - 12/6/12 at 7:53pm
post #2 of 11
This has mobo/pci slot dimensions. Here are some PSU technical drawings. I don't have HDD dimensions on hand but you could just measure them yourself.

edit: Here's some 3.5" hdd dimensions Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

and some 2.5" ssd dimensions.
Edited by shinji2k - 12/6/12 at 8:07pm
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This has mobo/pci slot dimensions. Here are some PSU technical drawings. I don't have HDD dimensions on hand but you could just measure them yourself.

thanks that helps alot. are the psu screw hole locations the same for most? besides price-wise, is there a difference between using steel and aluminum?
post #4 of 11
PSU mounting holes will be the same for all ATX PSUs (which is pretty much everything). As for steel vs aluminum, it all depends. Aluminum is easier to work with for the beginner but since you are having a company do it for you I would discuss it with them first. If you already have some designs in mind, see what they think will work best.
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PSU mounting holes will be the same for all ATX PSUs (which is pretty much everything). As for steel vs aluminum, it all depends. Aluminum is easier to work with for the beginner but since you are having a company do it for you I would discuss it with them first. If you already have some designs in mind, see what they think will work best.

Thanks. I'm looking at the formfactor.org website now but it doesn't have a lot of specifications and guidlines. Any other websites that provide them?
post #6 of 11
Yeah, formfactors.org probably won't be much help, although I'm not quite sure what you are looking for. Once you have dimensions of the major parts, it's up you from there. If you are going for a more standard form factor researching retail cases would be a good start, copying things you like. But since you are making it from scratch, browsing the case mod sub forum here and at places like bit-tech would give a good idea of what is possible when you aren't constrained by conventional case designs.
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Yea, the only constraint I have is mid tower and has to be within guidelines so that it would be marketable.
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well . you are in a pickle biggrin.gif , ive done some stuff in SW but most of them are from formfactor.org ( motherboard tray) and the I/O panel which its the hardest to find Protocase.com . The rest can be found on the net , at least thats what i've been doing biggrin.gif

u could have something like this :



and this is what i tried to do today , a nexxo Monsta 480 as acurate as posible biggrin.gif :



i have some designs , but im gonna keep them to myself smile.gif , but what shinji2k said is right , once u have the measurments , its up to you how u want to make the case (the internals , the motherboard tray , the HDD and 5.25 cages ...etc,)
Edited by yoi - 12/6/12 at 8:50pm
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There's no guidelines or standards for the motherboard tray? But the only thing i do need is the spacing for the i/o panel if possible
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There's no guidelines or standards for the motherboard tray? But the only thing i do need is the spacing for the i/o panel if possible

i already post it , the protocase.com link , it has the guidelines for the motherboard tray and the i/o panel too
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