3D Printed Computer Case Brings Sexy Back

We know what you’re thinking – case modding is so 2004. You can forget all the silly paint jobs, windows, and lighted spinning fans that’s you’ve seen in the past. That all seems like child’s play compared to what [Complx] has created over on the overclock.net forum.

Using a mixture of 3D-printed plastic corners and a laser-cut acrylic top, bottom and sides, [Complx] was able to create a very pleasing design. He didn’t have access to a 3D printer large enough that would make the parts, though, so he decided to outsource that task. His first set of parts were printed on a Makerbot Replicator, but came out too coarse and so he set out to find a better printing method. After getting quotes of $2000 or more, he was about to call it quits when he found someone with Stratasys Fotus 250 who was willing to work with him on the price, but still provide a quality print.

The guts of the machine aren’t too shabby either. We know everyone loves a parts list so here you go:  It’s an ASUS Z97I-Plus and a i7-4790K, running a GTX 970 with a 600 Watt power supply, 8GB RAM and a couple of SSD drives.

We have to commend [Complx] on his documentation, photos and videos.  It really makes this build shine. You can watch an 3d animation of the build after the break.

20 thoughts on “3D Printed Computer Case Brings Sexy Back

  1. Wonder how that does at containing all the RF and preventing static buildup from airflow — you know the reason most computer cases are basically glorified Faraday cages in the first place? I’ve often wondered that about the goofy plexiglass cases windows people put on the sides of cases as well. (where I prefer to have a 10″ fan)

    There’s a reason that plastic veneer on most manufactured cases has a full metal plate behind it, and the punch-outs for drive bays are left in until you remove them.

    Much less FCC safety regulations…

    But then I’m so old school, I still remember Tandy, Apple and Commodore getting in trouble for these same issues …and why first gen Atari 400’s and 800’s were white-metal bricks under that plastic and you could bludgeon someone to death with an Atari 5200. I often wondered how the Trash-80 Coco got away with it on later models like the 2 and 3… and can still remember lining my ZX-80’s case with foil connected to ground so it didn’t interfere with TV or Radio inside a two block radius.

    Of course, I’m one of those nutters who prefers functionality over form. It could be the most hideous brick of rusted pig iron but if it has proper air flow and RF control, who cares.

    .. and yeah, the video doesn’t work in the US.

    1. You could spray it with one of the aluminum or copper conductive sprays that are precisely for this purpose, though I think they’re pretty pricey. It’s how some 80’s era cases were done up; the inside had a copper slush sprayed in, though maybe it was done before molding.

      Maybe some day there’d be a market for filament that is slightly conductive to help with attenuating EMF…

    2. Same. I want a good solid metal case, with solid mounts for *everything* (motherboard, drives, cards), good airflow, quiet, with grommets for vibration and all. I just can’t imagine a hobbyist making something even close to a NZXT 440+

  2. A bit of a shame to put in the effort to create a presentation, and then include proprietary music that could prohibit much of the world viewing your efforts, I highly doubt the US is the only place the video is being blocked. Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any alternative documentation for those who are truly interested in the build The good news is someone is sorry it’s unavailable ;).

    1. Consider it a blessing that the music is blocked !!! Nothing more irritating than being subjected to some unwanted musical background. As for the actual case, after viewing the 3d spinning animation of it, I had no desire to even look at the actual “build”. Like who cares ? It’s another fancy case, that is “so 2004″……. What’s so unique about another case build ? Show us a floating levitated one in which all the boards are suspended in a “force field” of some sort, *that* would be impressive.

    2. I saw rhe video; you didn’t miss much.

      Personally, I’ not too impressed by the case. It isn’t that different than any of a bunch of cases at the local shop. And, like others, I was wondering about the RF from the get go. But then I’m more of an out-ofsight-out-of-mind sort of guy when it comes to cases.

    1. … and comments like that is why this site needs a upvote system. Modernized BeBox (running Haiku?) would be awesome.

      Personally I always loved the “holy crap, got enough connectors?!?” reaction the back of a beBox got from “regular” computer owners.

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