Funding SLATE-CASE AQ >>Push for Production!!<<< New Website for Waitlist and Progress Updates!!

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Massive Updates and Push for Production! >>Slate-Case AQ<<

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Hey everyone! It has been a good while since my last update. This time I'm happy to announce we are shifting to "funding and pre-production" status. This is the beginning stages for evaluation and detail oriented product refinement. Our focus is to for making small adjustments for reaching manufacturing goals with the factory, and any small affordances that help the design.

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Updated Product Specs:

-Dimensions: L - 294mm, W - 179mm, H - 373mm

-Volume: 19.6 liters

-GPU clearance: L - 325mm, W - up to 3.5 slots, H - 170mm

-CPU cooler clearance: 80mm (with perf. panel)

-PSU support: SFX, SFX-L

-Storage: Up to Six 2.5in drives

Changelist: June 10th, 2021
-Altered size of front and back I/O to accommodate passthrough (rear) and space for addition front connectors (audio and usbC).
-Consolidated aluminum columns and fanplate into one part, (this made assembly much smoother while also lowering part cost).
-Made adjustments to various brackets for clearance and rigidity (especially for the PCIE riser cable).
-Custom length PCIE riser cable.
-Front and Rear Grills are now aluminum, (they were injection molded nylon but I felt this didn't quite fit with the design given some feedback).
-Small adjustments to the System Core rail system (this is for ease of use and to ensure strong locking).
-Improved panel indexing geometry.
-Implemented a bracket shift so users can compromise CPU clearance for more GPU clearance (3.5 slots).
-Introduced dedicated brackets for DDC pump and 2.5drives (up to 6 drives).
-Support for 30 series GPUs
-Perforated panels

Future Endeavors:

-Looking into adding an additional DPcable extension for dual monitor users (so they don't need to use the passthrough.
-Considering an opening for a top cap lid so users can reorient their case into an upward motherboard alignment (like the phanteks shift ).
-Optional, interchangeable bed bracket to change the case from a dual chamber layout into and traditional layout, (like the Ncase, which would still allow dual radiator support; I actually already have this designed but it is set to release after first stage).
-Optional feet to turn case 90 degrees for traditional Motherboard orientation.
-Release of Slate-Case Air with be after successful release of AQ.





ARCHIVE CONTENT:
In the past two weeks I realized that the internal design of the original case was not strong enough. Considering some of the feedback I've received, I went back to the drawing board and made some very significant changes to the overall experience and features of the case:
-two different size options (19.9L and 15.4L) -added modular support for cooling -new internal structure (CNC ALUMINIUM) -rail system that increases access to component installation -removed all exterior screws, only sleek part lines -thinned out material thicknesses for lighter weight -full glass panel edge to edge
-supports up to 60mm thick radiators -dual radiators (recommend perforated panels) -support for mDTX motherboards
















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Looking forward to all your feedback! Please note that this case does not aim to be the smallest SFFcase, but to bring a fresh look and opportunity for those interested. If you like it, please share "why." If you hate it, also please share "why."

(Some have asked about adding an optional handle, what do you think?)

Enjoy,

Taylorchiller
 
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TaylorChiller

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That is gorgeous. Layout and design look great.

As a mechanical keyboard enthusiast I like the Cherry MX switch as the power button but it does look out of place on such a sleek case.

If the screws on the aluminum end caps could somehow be hidden this case would be perfect.

I agree about the screws. They are positioned in line with other elements so they feel okay, but yeah that refinement may come later. It comes down to the complexity of assembly in manufacturing/production. Having no screws will increase costs, however if numbers add up well, then It is something I'd want to change also. A shallower key for the mxcherry might feel better too.
 

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I suggested a Kailh Choc switch in another thread (nice to see mechanical power switches is a thing now). Flatter stem should be more stable, and the heavy variant (~100g) would be well suited for a power switch.
 
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TaylorChiller

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I suggested a Kailh Choc switch in another thread (nice to see mechanical power switches is a thing now). Flatter stem should be more stable, and the heavy variant (~100g) would be well suited for a power switch.
Sweet, thanks for the suggestion. I guess it wouldn't be too much different to use those (Kailh Choc switch). If people are to customize their power switch they would just use the appropriate geometry.
 
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I like the case design overall, too. Very nice symmetrical modularity. Dimensions and compatibility are pretty much perfect for me in what I was looking for in a case.
 
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This is probably my dream case, it fits all my wants and needs.
78mm CPU cooler height, 280mm radiator, 320mm GPU length and looks good while at it, take my damn money already.

Really like the power button too, users can add more flair to it by using their own keycap, maybe an artisan one too.
 

TaylorChiller

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Can you make a video about the progress? I'd be happy to sub on youtube and lookout for this. also, do you have an estimated release date?
I will be making videos soon. I'll be making a second case so I can demo an air cooled setup vs a water cooled. You can follow me on Instagram if you like, @TaylorChiller, either way I'll keep you guys updated.
 

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You mention 280mm radiator support—is this in the front and back?! ?

Brilliant design. A kick of personality with the mechanical switch. Looks like it's got good bones, and some well-considered modular aspects. Eager to hear more!
Hey August,
Glad you are interested! As of right now the design supports up to one 280. This was a decision I had to make to keep the case design direction under 20L. However it would be possible to design an extension to the body, similar to the Louqe Ghost does with their top hats, except on the front. I'm not sure if the spacial requirements meets the gain though as one of the radiators would be using cycled air from the first based on the current layout. I'll be releasing more as this progresses. You can also follow me on instagram if you wish, @TaylorChiller
 
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TaylorChiller

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Okay, thoughts:

In regards to the power switch: WOW. That is cool. I love it!

Case itself: I prefer it vertical.

Question: Who did you have manufacture it?
Hey Windfall and @CountNoctua
Thanks for the feedback! As more manufacturing this prototype, I had protocase do most of the sheet metal forming. There were some steps I made a tool to press. I did all the 3dprints, finishing and assembly. I have a workshop at the studio so that makes things easier.
 

Kylenol

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I love how clean and sophisticated this case looks! The switch for power is a great idea. It would be cool to choose my switch type to my own personal preference like one of the heavier zealious switches. I'm planning to build a new relatively small gaming/workstation rig when rtx 3080 comes out and would love to use this case in the new year. Any ETA on this beautiful case?
 

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Love to see a vertical layout and the power switch is a great detail. Does it have mounts/places for case fans? Are there parts of the design you can scale back to free up volume and increase GPU compatibility to triple slot?