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post #1 of 19
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Well, I wasn't sure how to name this thread, but I knew it had to be something flashy, and initiative makes it sound almost important, so here goes:

Idea:
The idea is to have a database of measurement-accurate 3d models for various cases and (I originally had water cooling in mind, but let's include everyone!) parts as to aid in the layout of our member's cases, and hopefully help put an end to the dreaded "hmm, i thought, it would fit.."

Implementation:
I've done a fair amount of mockups of parts in my own dealings with computers, has anyone else been doing this? Can anyone contribute models? Or maybe more generally, who can navigate their way through a 3d app? Maya, 3DS Max, Blender, they can all work.

If you know sketchup, bring it to the table and let's see how we can make things compatible.


I think this may have potential... anyone else with me?
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post #2 of 19
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Sure I'm with you. I'll be the final fitment engineer. Send me the parts to test fitment of and I will post the results. Then I will properly dispose of them.
Yeah, you can put all them good parts in your $30 case/psu combo.
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Sure I'm with you. I'll be the final fitment engineer. Send me the parts to test fitment of and I will post the results. Then I will properly dispose of them.
dispose of 3d models? sure, go for it... its just a trash click away.

or... recycling bin for you windows users


but seriously though.. no takers? It can be lots of help..
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post #4 of 19
Seriously this sounds cool but a lot of work, good luck.
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anybody handy with CAD?
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im handy with 3ds Max 2008 but will take years to get most cases parts mesuements down to the mil withought a 3d scanner it will be almost imposible lol so many cases so many stuff it would be like a moderator to go through every message on this forum and say keep or not to keep

if you do go ahead good luck and i will help if you need.
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post #7 of 19
I have no 3-D skills what-so-ever.

Generally I will use the components themselves, and build around them. I also have some string, plastic loom and other objects that I test placement with.

I am a big fan of horizontal mobo orientation, and I have some sketchup plans I can post if you want, but they are very basic and have no dimension to them.

hmmm... actually they are more conceptual in nature, not technical.

The biggest issue that I have run into is PSU cable length.
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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Zikofski View Post
im handy with 3ds Max 2008 but will take years to get most cases parts mesuements down to the mil withought a 3d scanner it will be almost imposible lol so many cases so many stuff it would be like a moderator to go through every message on this forum and say keep or not to keep

if you do go ahead good luck and i will help if you need.
Most Excellent sir, as fir as blueprints, measurements,etc. Yes, source material is always the worst.. the model itself take comparatively less time once you've got the right idea of what needs to be built. Luckily, I saw last night that performance-pcs.com includes metric measurements of most of the radiators (I've been working in inches btw)

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I have no 3-D skills what-so-ever.

Generally I will use the components themselves, and build around them. I also have some string, plastic loom and other objects that I test placement with.

I am a big fan of horizontal mobo orientation, and I have some sketchup plans I can post if you want, but they are very basic and have no dimension to them.

hmmm... actually they are more conceptual in nature, not technical.

The biggest issue that I have run into is PSU cable length.
Cool, finally some big boy backing. As far as PSU cable length, that's one of the more difficult things to do, but it should be possible. You can actually write OpenGL and 3d functions into java if you include the libraries and compile it.. then its not too bad to build stretchable wires, that may be a cool addition though, to be able to build an app that pops in your power supply of choice and see how to wire situation is..


As far as compatability, I'm personally rolling in Maya, but can port out to .obj, which the Studio Max buffs out there can easily get into their own viewports.

If final exports are done as obj, there is a processing library that will actually load an obj, mesh and texture consistent. From there, we can build an app around the different parts.

Any thoughts/ideas?
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post #9 of 19
A good idea and fairly simple would be to take a popular modders case mod, say the cable management mod on antec 900's trace the mobo tray marking were certains holes need to be drilled etc. then measure and draw in pdf format, for people to print off and then drill using the template?
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post #10 of 19
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that'd be interesting, only problem is that if you don't have the exact motherboard setup as them, it may render the whole thing useless
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