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Re: Computer Case

Postby KenoLeon » September 22nd, 2016, 10:36 pm

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louis leblanc wrote: I'm not sure I totally understand your idea or how you'd implement it.


I thought about a couple of ways, hopefully this makes it a little clearer :

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Re: Computer Case

Postby yo » September 23rd, 2016, 10:52 am

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Sliding is a fun option, especially if there was a central quick release.

Re: Computer Case

Postby louis leblanc » October 2nd, 2016, 9:17 pm

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Alright, I've managed to go through some IO panel designs. Quite a few crazier ideas didn't make the final cut shown in the following picture. Based on the internal layout of the machine, the fan will need to be offset. For that reason, most of the designs that looked good started by breaking the rectangular top into a square for vents and have a slim rectangle on the side for IO.

For the button, I'm considering a fairly large single round button. It doesn't seem like the reset button is used anymore on computers. A long press of the power button does the job. I'm also considering a sliding switch(think iOS setting sliding switch). Usually sliding switches are used as toggles, either set one way or another, to denote a setting selection. However, it could be an interesting gesture as a momentary switch. So you'd slide it over and by bringing it to the end of its throw and then it would spring back as you release it.

Most of the designs are quite self-explanatory: vent holes, power button, USB ports and audio IO. For #7 I was considering putting cloth grill over the fan. Though that may tie the design to black as a cloth any other colour would dirty very quickly. Concept #1 was considering some bolts to hold the panel onto the frame. I let those out afterwards as I think I'd favour having the lip of the plastic section push down on the panel and have no visible fasteners.

I'm personally really digging #8 and it seems to suit the rest of the case quite nicely. Having two distinct sections is reminiscent of the case a whole - the open legs and the solid top section. The vents are a bit more subtle in their function that the other designs and could possibly allow for more mounting options like different fan sizes and even moving the fan to fit different components. The IO is well aerated and the blank space between the ports and the button could be used for branding.

The actual size of the vent holes will need to be worked on I think their too small right now.

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Re: Computer Case

Postby yo » October 2nd, 2016, 9:33 pm

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I think 5 and 8 are working best. Try an island within the perf as well.

Re: Computer Case

Postby sachin » October 3rd, 2016, 12:28 pm

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Great thought process here!

Re: Computer Case

Postby holtag » October 3rd, 2016, 9:16 pm

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Great work Louis! #5 is by far my favorite, followed by #2 and #8. The latter two being very Dieter Rams.

As you mentioned, the size of the holes/slots will be very important. To 'transparent', seeing too much of the inside, will likely not add the visual perception of the computer case. I'd advise you to test a couple of options once you get to the prototype phase. Looking forward to your next post!

Re: Computer Case

Postby louis leblanc » October 4th, 2016, 9:01 pm

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KenoLeon wrote:
louis leblanc wrote: I'm not sure I totally understand your idea or how you'd implement it.


I thought about a couple of ways, hopefully this makes it a little clearer :

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Hmm, that would be cool. The sliding I was thinking of was just to retract the bottom pipes. Having handles reveal themselves would be cool. A really nice mechanism would make this really fun to use.

My use case right now is that you tilt the computer down to unplug the cabling. From there, it's quite easy to lift it from the handles that are usually at the bottom.

Thanks for taking the time to sketch! :D

yo wrote:I think 5 and 8 are working best. Try an island within the perf as well.


Something kind of like this?

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It seems like a fairly tight perforated pattern throughout the top is a winner, I'll have a look at what else I could do in that direction...

sachin wrote:Great thought process here!


Thank you, kind sir! :)

holtag wrote:Great work Louis! #5 is by far my favorite, followed by #2 and #8. The latter two being very Dieter Rams.

As you mentioned, the size of the holes/slots will be very important. To 'transparent', seeing too much of the inside, will likely not add the visual perception of the computer case. I'd advise you to test a couple of options once you get to the prototype phase. Looking forward to your next post!


I actually started off in a very Dieter Rams direction with #3 and #6. Going with the non-offset perforations to act as a geometric feature rather than a uniform backdrop. Sort of like this sucker:

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I actually tried the typical offset hole grid which provides more airflow but it wasn't doing much as far as styling goes.

Agreed as far as hole sizing. Seeing too much of the insides will wreck the look. I think thickness of the top plate will be one of the driving factors. A thicker plate will hide the inside at more viewing angles.

Re: Computer Case

Postby yo » October 5th, 2016, 2:13 pm

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Louis, that is a good example of what I'm talking about. Older MacBooks did this a lot as well as their older towers.

Re: Computer Case

Postby Leo_Rivera » October 10th, 2016, 6:31 pm


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Very nice read! I'd love to see a compact desktop PC with as few compromises as posible. But I have a few questions; could dust be an issue involving your design?
Have you considered liquid cooling? And lastly, a desktop pc includes many other peripherals that impact portability, what could be done for that? Im very curious to see where this project is going.

Best of luck!

Re: Computer Case

Postby louis leblanc » October 16th, 2016, 11:36 am

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Leo_Rivera wrote:Very nice read! I'd love to see a compact desktop PC with as few compromises as posible. But I have a few questions; could dust be an issue involving your design?
Have you considered liquid cooling? And lastly, a desktop pc includes many other peripherals that impact portability, what could be done for that? Im very curious to see where this project is going.

Best of luck!


Dust may be an issue. My plan for that is to have the air intake be at the bottom and use magnetic meshing to act as an air filter so it's easy to take out and clean.

I haven't really considered liquid cooling as a primary concern. Due to the size of the system, some sacrifices are required in the choice of components. For one, full sized graphics cards will not be compatible. I think an all in one 120mm liquid cooler will fit though.

Portability is a bit of a tough one. There's a pretty big range of use cases. Anywhere from people that need to move their computer often in their home or office, people that occasionally need to bring their computer with them (mobile workers, LAN parties) all the way to people that are constantly traveling and need the power of a desktop (A/V production, location based trades...). I'm aiming the first two categories. People that want a clean looking desktop that facilitates mobility.

When moving around my small ITX system, I've came across two major issues I hope to have solved with my current design. As you mentioned, moving the peripherals is a pain. I find myself putting my wireless keyboard and mouse on top of the case but it's flat and smooth so then end up sliding off to the floor... That's the reason for the lip up top, you can put your mouse and other knick knacks in that pocket if you're just moving from room to room. I also, found the back end of the system with all of the IO has a lot of exposed fragile parts like dongles, wifi antenas and just little cutouts and ports. The pipes at the bottom naturally cover up that fragile part. Also, once you put the computer in a bag, it creates a zone that's safe from crushing to put other peripherals.

Re: Computer Case

Postby louis leblanc » October 17th, 2016, 9:45 pm

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Alright, things are starting to gel!

Michael, I'm having a look at that island design, it seems like making everything fairly tight and putting it on an edge may look ok. I still don't have something clean enough though.

I started looking at a colour palette. The more I've been working on this design, the more I've been liking the idea of having it available in a variety of colour combinations including some really bright ones to contrast the subdued design. I've really been feeling the salmon pink Nike has been using recently. I have to admit I have a soft spot for sea foam greens, but I've also taken it from some of the Ikea reference I've had since the beginning. Hey there also complimentary colours so that's cool :lol: I also had a nice blue with a slight purple tint but it just didn't seem to fit anywhere, so it didn't make the cut.

I used coolors.co to help me in finding the colours. It's a really great tool I thought I'd share. It's a well thought out tool that allows for quick exploration as well as honing done of hues.

Anyhow, on to the exciting stuff! Here's my first go at some renders. At some point it seems there's only so much you can do with a lifeless 3D model and need some renders or ideally some physical prototypes. It certainly has given me a second breath on this project as far as motivation too.

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I tried colours on the plastic part and it really gets a Fisher Price look, I'll keep at it but may be in vain. The white version looks pretty lifeless, I'll see what can be done about it, maybe swapping out the white painted part for anodized...

More to come, I was just really excited to share these images :D
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Re: Computer Case

Postby yo » October 18th, 2016, 8:34 am

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That is coming together nicely!

Re: Computer Case

Postby dblaveino » October 18th, 2016, 11:26 am


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I'm really liking these renderings!

I do think that you can maybe be a little more expressive with the ventilation, and maybe not need to stuff your components into the edge so tight.

Keep em coming! I do like the color palette that you're working with. Don't forget about your external connections too! Power, monitor, etc and is there a way that your case can manage those cables?

Re: Computer Case

Postby Leo_Rivera » October 22nd, 2016, 11:37 am


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Wow! The rendererings are looking great. Keep up the good work!

Re: Computer Case

Postby louis leblanc » October 26th, 2016, 7:51 pm

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yo wrote:That is coming together nicely!


Thanks Michael! At this point, I don't think I have a whole left to make this a portfolio piece. A last round of tidying up the model, a few more renderings and putting the project together as a story.

Part of me really wants to make a prototype though. :lol: Even tempted to try making the center 'plastic' part in bent plywood. :roll:

dblaveino wrote:I'm really liking these renderings!

I do think that you can maybe be a little more expressive with the ventilation, and maybe not need to stuff your components into the edge so tight.

Keep em coming! I do like the color palette that you're working with. Don't forget about your external connections too! Power, monitor, etc and is there a way that your case can manage those cables?


I want to have a last round to look at the top panel before wrapping up this project. You're right about having a bit more breathing room...

I don't think it's too obvious with the material I've posted how the internal components are laid out or how the cables would run so I made a little animation to illustrate that.

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Leo_Rivera wrote:Wow! The rendererings are looking great. Keep up the good work!


Thanks Leo!
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