Server enclosure from 22 rolls of tape

Who needs metal, wood, or acrylic if you are talented with duct tape? This server is housed in a 20-sided enclosure made entirely of duct tape, 22 rolls of it. A team of seven completed the project after eight build session over the course of about ten days. It’s currently in use at this year’s MillionManLan 9 as confirmed by this incredibly boring live feed.

However whimsical, we do appreciate the build process. Tubes are rolled until they reach the specified thickness, then cut to length on a chop saw. More sticky stuff is applied to the joints and piece by piece the frame comes together. From the diagram laying off to the side in one of the pictures it looks like they did the smart thing by designing this in CAD before getting their hands dirty sticky.


  1. biozz says:

    im sorry but i must ask … WHY?!?!

  2. Scott says:

    Why not? An icosahedron is a perfectly acceptable shape for a server

  3. Word says:

    Looks like a fire hazard just waiting to happen.

  4. sixx says:

    oh wow,
    not a hack, not even a cool mod
    nothing against the shape, but why tape?

  5. chrelad says:

    HA!!! :D Are you planning on selling these?

  6. ranmas says:

    Someone has been watching too much Mythbusters

  7. cantido says:

    What a waste.. just put the thing in a box or something.

  8. therian says:

    Im sorry but I have to ask wtf it doing here ?

  9. DeadlyFoez says:

    what a waste of time and effort to just do something that is “cool” and not one bit innovative. Thats one thing that I hate about hacks. Most people do some just because it is possible, but very create something new that has actual value to it.

  10. Jeremy says:

    Some people have too much time on their hands or like D&D waay too much. I think this would have been cooler if it was made out of aluminum and had water cooling flowing through the peaks.

    Hmm, wish I could see it in person. Not going though even though I live here in Louisville. Anyone else here in Louisville or going to MML9?

  11. osgeld says:

    cool duct tape work, but the “server” just looks like someone at the last second tossed it inside to make the pic more interesting

  12. j9 says:

    Red Green Lives! If they can’t find you handsome, at least they should find you handy.

  13. Hirudinea says:

    j9 I was going to say that! Handyman’s secret weapon now for hackers!

  14. Erik says:

    @osgeld agreed

  15. xeonon says:

    irony here… im actually at the lan party where this is right now… and it looks AWESOME :D i have pics to prove it for those who will call it

  16. Jasoman says:

    replace the HD for solid state and put a battery in and you could use it as a dice.

  17. Sam says:

    Suddenly, I’m overcome with the urge to punch a nerd…

    “My cloak deflected your damage. I still have all my hit points!”

  18. Squirrel says:

    I’m betting that the people who made this were the same ones who posted, in the $600 workbench post, that they would spend it all on duct tape.

  19. Loren says:

    Red green would have hooked up 5 1gig hard disks in parallel, and them duct taped them together

  20. Loren says:

    I wonder if duck tape, is a good replacement for tin foil in a hat?

  21. w.a.p. says:

    Ever see what happens to duct tape when you apply heat for long periods of time? This server is going to be stickier than spider-man in a weeks time.

  22. The Clerk says:

    yay, no shielding!

  23. therian says:

    22 rolls, each cost ~ 3$, so 3$*22 = 66$ you can buy real case with will not fry motherboard from static and will not mess RF spectrum around, also it will not become all sticky and collect small crap on it surface

  24. svofski says:

    Am I the only one not being able to load the stylesheets? Well, actually, I like HaD much better without any stylesheets at all. It’s like more Hack this way.

  25. lulz says:

    wtf is that webcam doing there?

  26. jerm1386 says:

    when did this site’s commenters stop viewing hacks as doing something creative with materials they have and start being a list of different ways to complain about other people’s work? Sure, it may not be the most effective computer case around, but isn’t using acrylic just as bad in terms of ESD and lack of RF filtering? Those were pretty popular a few years ago and i never heard anybody whine about them. I for one think this is awesome simply because it’s made out of duct tape and has a rigid frame. Also, it looks like it gets pretty good airflow…

  27. strider_mt2k says:


    If this was presented as part of a group of cases made from non-standard materials it would at least have some kind of context.

    However they didn’t just make a YouTube video of themselves setting something on fire in one way or another, so there is that at least.

    I think it will degrade to unsuitability for use over time, maybe a short time.

  28. Half-elf Rogue says:

    What’s with all the D&D hating?

  29. cotton509 says:

    This was lame the video stream was boring they then went to chat roulet… me and csver saw this and dontlike it much they got a vent server too and didnt give me a ip THEY IGNORED us i thumbs down this

  30. Noone says:

    Please dump that piece of crap before it sets on fire a geek meeting, killing the next generation of social-frustrated developers

  31. Yui Daoren says:

    Should have been a dodecahedron, a platonic symbol of the universe. ;)

  32. Mikey says:

    Well I bet it rolls well, but what will it do with heat… and the server doesn’t look very securely mounted in there.

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