I have had no issues at all so far with the parts I've received. Most of the closed shapes are slots that are spaced at least farther apart than the sheet is thick, and round holes are only 3mm diameter. You'd mostly encounter problems if they try to laser cut a grid of many holes with thin material, which could lead to uneven heating and warping.Looking good!
Was sendcutsend able to cut all the holes in the parts?
I was thinking of using them but am concerned they won't be able to cut the holes in my plates based on what it says on their website.
That's good to hear. I was planning on some 3-4mm holes in 6mm aluminum, so maybe it'll work out. I'd just email them with an STL but my PC is non functional at the moment.I have had no issues at all so far with the parts I've received. Most of the closed shapes are slots that are spaced at least farther apart than the sheet is thick, and round holes are only 3mm diameter. You'd mostly encounter problems if they try to laser cut a grid of many holes with thin material, which could lead to uneven heating and warping.
Yeah that's some thick aluminum plate but it'll work. They prefer DXF files (or maybe SVG) since their process works in 2 dimensions.That's good to hear. I was planning on some 3-4mm holes in 6mm aluminum, so maybe it'll work out. I'd just email them with an STL but my PC is non functional at the moment.
Looking VERY nice!Here's a drawing of the current design as it stands. There is now room for an additional 2.5" hard drive by the front of the case if you're using a GPU that's 175mm in length or less. This especially would help with builds using HD-PLEX power supplies for those that want to go both silent and brickless. What you see here is a 400W AC brick (set up in fanless mode so it's 300W of passive power)
Thanks for the feedback. I never thought of comparing it to the L5 before. Feature-wise I would say it's very similar to the K39 in terms of size, and CPU cooler and GPU compatibility.Very interested. The new design has a bit of Lone L5 in it (which I absolutely love). This case might give me a path to a better GPU for my Hackintosh since AMD low profile cards max out at RX560.
Did you miss adding a setback for the motherboard standoff?As I have now replaced my test GPU with one requiring additional PCIe power, I have a better working system to test builds with.
First, the bad news- there are a couple of measurement inaccuracies that were made more apparent when I have installed the motherboard and GPU. They're as follows:
These issues will make installation more difficult than expected, depending on your parts configuration.
- Only motherboards with bare thin metal I/O shields could line up flush with the standoffs. Spongy/thick I/O shields with extra padding will make it almost impossible to line them up. You'd have to go without an I/O shield to install those boards.
- A 20cm PCIe riser cable is just too short to properly align and connect with the motherboard. This can be corrected either by raising the GPU mounting points by >5mm or by using a longer PCIe riser cable (24-25cm is ideal).
- For some reason I have the slot too small where the top of GPU bracket slides into, compared to the very first case I made. The GPU required extra force to push into place, scratching one side of the motherboard tray.
- GPU I/O slot is too narrow for certain video cables. Plugs for HDMI and DisplayPort could be too thick to connect properly, so you may need a thin cable such as this one.
Now for the good news- PSU installation is mostly flawless and as expected, and only two cases have been made with these inaccuracies.
The laser cutting shop fortunately uses very low price minimums for orders so not many cases were wasted. They are still usable, but will be more constrained on what parts you can use. The current design I have right now corrects the problems mentioned above. Motherboard mounting is shifted 1mm, GPU is raised by 5mm so you can still use 20cm riser cables, and GPU bracket slots are all enlarged overall.
The exterior volume of the cases remains unchanged. This is another good thing- the dimensions of the case are the same so I can use the same outer panels for the revised cases as the old ones.
Probably not these ones in particular. I only have the three and don't consider the design to be production ready with the aforementioned flaws. I'll more likely sell these first cases with the bare finish and let the customer paint or anodize the case themselves as they see fit.Quality of the laser cut really looks good. Are you planning to have them anodized?