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After my last failed casemod attempt (it was seriously a fail), I have decided to go semi-traditional, the “semi” part being the acrylic and the not so semi part being this thing is going to be open air. Yes, I’ve heard all the bad stuff about it being open air with all the dust and stuff, but I’ve made provisions for those shortcomings (this will be made obvious in the upcoming designs that I’m prepping right now). I’ve taken some ideas from projects such as MiniMe (which I bought and thoroughly examined, thanks Oliver!) and I think this is going to turn out awesome. For those people who decide to follow me on my journey, thank you!




NOW LET'S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS

This will be a case for Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX motherboards, with plenty of room for large hardware (read long gfx cards and wc-loops). My aim is for this case to be as aesthetically pleasing and well-fitting as possible in any modern home environment (read I don’t want a random black box in my room). I also want this to sit on my desk so I can show off.

So here’s progress! A roll of industrial Grade A design paper in my office doesn't look much like a girl's room does it

I'm gonna do a lot of designing and sketching from here on. stay tuned!!!



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Edited by last_exile - 2/8/11 at 3:36pm
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The planning has begun!

The nImbus chassis will be made out of machined 7075 T6 Airplane grade aluminum. The two side panels will be made of 36% transparent white acrylic. It will feature a handle for ease of carriage and easy access to the different parts (slide in/out installation), with custom hot-swap drives and all that. Support for AIO cooling solutions such as Corsair H70 is included and will act as the main (only) fan in the case.

the 12cm fan is there for size comparison. Right now this design is way outdated. I still have to go and really draw it on design paper as sketches on notepads is all i have right now. Same dimensions though!



While I'm sitting here in boring boring tech design class i might as well put up my parts list. This is what i'll be working with, as I'm transferring the actual system from the one in my sig right now.

Update 01/30/11

Ordered parts!

does anyone know where i can nab some long standoffs?

Update 02/01/11

The parts have shipped! i start the cutting/marking work in a week on Saturday (I can only find time to work on Saturdays as my week schedule is pretty full... You guys better appreciate this mod, i'm sacrificing a day at the mall for this >.<... )

Update 02/04/11

The package from FrozenCPU has arrived, however Fedex lied and the acrylic didn't make it here today. Instead it's delayed until Monday. So i won't start the marking and cutting until next weekend probably.

Here's a picture of the package from FrozenCPU:


So far i've wired up the switch.



Here's a picture of the two switches (momentary) and their cables. The black switch is experimentally sleeved white but we'll see how that goes... It may not be long enough



Tools i will be using at home. And my cat. I'll be doing most of the heavy duty work in the school workshop though





*This space reserved for future progress*
Edited by last_exile - 2/5/11 at 11:13pm
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*This space reserved for finish and glory shots!!*
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Thanks Lazerwerx! found exactly what i was looking for at Acrylite Shop.
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post #7 of 57
Mm, looks like this could be a neat project, I'll be keeping tabs on this.

A good heat gun will help you with bending acrylic to whatever shapes or angles you want. Just heat up the area by quickly going back and forth over the area to be bent and either mold into place with your hands (Careful though, it can get very hot) or have a mold of some kind ready to clamp the piece onto.
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Thanks for the suggestion, Ultimatedesk. My uni has a full blown metal workshop so i think i can probably find a heat gun in there somewhere. reps to both of you guys for the info!
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post #9 of 57
Sounds interesting! I'll be keeping tabs on this one.

Do you need the stand offs for the mother board or structural pieces?
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post #10 of 57
Long standoffs here:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#spacers-and-standoffs/=au8ypp

Design looks very cool!!!
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