What did you use to design this views? thanks... g!MINI LP - A Multipurpose Case for Low Profile Cards
Last update: Pics of the prototype case frame in progress
Posts #2 to #34 are on development of the old design, just left for reference
I've looked at the compactness of other cases and like how there seems to be a downward progression in size (Dan A4, LZ7, Hutzy XS, STX 160.0). Lone Industries makes nice low-profile cases and so I've decided to go that less traveled route instead of trying to pack the most powerful graphics cards possible into a small space. Segotep's Desert Eagle II gets a nod from me as well.
"Mini LP" is a tentative name for my case and build. It will probably change later. It's designed primarily for low-profile cards, in combination with a Steam Machine-like layout to make the case truly slim and compact. It's been in my head for a while, but with the unfortunate circumstances regarding my last build attempt, I'm deciding to take this opportunity to change direction and make this case.
Internal layout- case top with components installed
*NOTE* no longer using this aluminum shell design, but the internal layout is pretty much set in.
Isometric view - case top w/integrated PSU
Isometric view - components installed
Oh, and also, the case top is inverted! Which means the motherboard is flipped upside down when the bottom cover is attached to it.Simpler case design now, will have some exposed screws but it will greatly improve the flexibility of the case and its construction.
I also don't know if many SFF enthusiasts would want to see yet another low-profile case on the market, but before I can even get to that I'd have to figure out what my process for producing them will be.
- Expansion card support: low-profile cards, 184mm max length
- Motherboard support: Mini ITX
- Expansion slots: up to two for dual-slot GPUs
- Storage: 2x 2.5" HDD/SSD
- Outer case dimensions: 292mm x 55.6mm x 190mm (~3 liters)
- Front I/O: possible 2x USB 3.0
- DC Power: Pico-PSU or similar direct-plug DC board
- AC Power: External adapter or Mean Well EPP 150-200W PSU 
- Designed for low power (< 200W) builds
- 7mm max thickness. Situated directly behind/above the expansion card.
- External power jack is installed between the expansion card and motherboard. This can either be for external power adapters with barrel style plugs, or a three-prong IEC C8 connector as used with the Mean Well EPP series PSUs (200W recommended). The case layout is optimized for those PSUs.
Great to see this project with a renewed direction! I've been more and more thinking about working with printed parts as well, and watching your Thin-X project and seeing this has renewed my interest in making a case.
How are you handling the motherboard standoffs? Are they just threaded into your 3d printed parts or is there some way of attaching the standoff to the frame?
Hey, @CC Ricers, I'm watching this thread since the very beginning and would love to know if it's going ahead to production or it's officially staled.I've settled on a design that is a based on a specific method of joining the panels, which I find is adaptable to different variations of case sizes with similarities in the layouts. It will incorporate a "wind tunnel" style of ventilation where case fans can be used to push cool air or pull hot air away from a CPU heatsink. Also, it may be possible to get them cut from aluminum, so aluminum cases are not out of the question
I should update this to stalled indefinitely. For a metal case there's not much I can do at the moment. And I think @Thehack 's Pure MK2 can cover that niche for metal cases now. I might pursue another type of console case in the future, though, that is plastic and similar styling to my more recent project the MT5 case.