Concept Want to make my own case - where do I start?

futurewau

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Hello everybody,

I am interested in making my own sff case. I already got a design in CAD, however I have no idea where I can "produce" this here in europe or germany. Do I just ask some 3d printing shop? I want it to be in aluminium however.. :( any ideas?
 

loader963

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How detailed are your specs in cad? Do you know what materials you will be usin Like what screws, grade of aluminum, etc? Also is this a one off project, or are you trying to get into the business?
 

allison_Protocase

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Thanks @raystriker for mentioning Protocase. Sounds like you're well on your way, @futurewau.

If you need anything, our team is here to help - you can email info@protocase.com with your design and any questions you have. We stock several gauges of 5052 aluminum (full details here). And we ship worldwide :)

I think you should look at a service like Protocase.
 

Windfall

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Thanks @raystriker for mentioning Protocase. Sounds like you're well on your way, @futurewau.

If you need anything, our team is here to help - you can email info@protocase.com with your design and any questions you have. We stock several gauges of 5052 aluminum (full details here). And we ship worldwide :)

I love to see industry reps active on this little forum!

Another good reference, @futurewau, is the STX.160 thread, which goes through sheet metal design step by step!
Even if you think you've got your design perfect, it's still a great future reference.

I've used protocase in the past, such as for my HTPC Micro project, and it turned out perfect, so I would highly recommend them to a newcomer!

Happy designing! :)
 

allison_Protocase

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I love to see industry reps active on this little forum!

Another good reference, @futurewau, is the STX.160 thread, which goes through sheet metal design step by step!
Even if you think you've got your design perfect, it's still a great future reference.

I've used protocase in the past, such as for my HTPC Micro project, and it turned out perfect, so I would highly recommend them to a newcomer!

Happy designing! :)

So happy to hear your project went well. Thanks for choosing to work with us on it!
 

TheArkratos

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Mar 26, 2019
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Keep in mind that something larger could reach into the 500 dollar range.
I think the Orthrus prototype cost well over $2K!

Understandable. Honestly I just need a spine with two radiator brackets. Probably 8 bends (4 of which are tabs). I'll probably model it up and see about getting a quote. It would seriously help a ton to have those pieces made out of metal instead of acrylic. Just need to look at the guides on their sight to get metal thickness and bend radius and stuff.
 
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Windfall

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Understandable. Honestly I just need a spine with two radiator brackets. Probably 8 bends (4 of which are tabs). I'll probably model it up and see about getting a quote. It would seriously help a ton to have those pieces made out of metal instead of acrylic. Just need to look at the guides on their sight to get metal thickness and bend radius and stuff.

Can't wait to see what you do!
 

TheArkratos

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Not to hijack the thread or anything, but it would be cleaning up this prototype from acrylic and wood to metal, acrylic, and wood