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Hey TL!

Yes, there is a simple way to make your own case. Like others mentioned a home made brake is the ticket to bending metal cleanly or make friends with someone near you that works at or owns a metal fab shop. They can help if you tell them your intentions.

The clean and easy way is to make the frame and attach the metal panels, but that can add more to the cost. The main issue I have run into when creating cases is the standoff height in relation to the rear IO panel. You can find templates and measurements for the motherboard specifications online and use them as a starting point. The most important thing is to take good measurements and make sure they get transferred to your metal properly.

If you just want someone else to do it for you (and any others that want a specific design) try out a company called Protocase (protocase.com). They can make anything you can come up with, but it will cost you. They are not that bad in the scheme of things and even have a simple cad program they give out for free. You can specify dimensions on their site and they will email you a simple cad model that works in their software (and others) so all you have to do is drag and drop cut outs, and set the location of the standoff holes. Once your model is done you email it to them, they send you a 3d mockup and a quote. I have used them for several custom enclosures and they are fantastic to work with. (Once I get approval I will post a few of my projects)
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