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    Custom made case

    Just thought I'd share this with you...

    I know someone who is a reseller for Dimension 3D printers and was kind enough to offer to print my carputer case for me from ABS plastic...

    Here is the original solidworks design:



    And here is the case:







    Sadly the printers cost as much as a new car so I don't think there will be a group buy on printers anytime soon

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    Not only do the printers cost $20k-$40k for a small one, each run of that UV dust can run you $200.

    You got one hell of a deal if you got it for free.

    It looks good too.
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    Although is there a reason to not putting the HD and the PSU internally? With the ABS you could have just printed mounting points for a really ellaborate design easily.
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    The motherboard is a 3.5" SBC, or the same size as a standard desktop hard drive. The board has a CF slot on the back where I have a 4GB CF hard drive (actual spinning drive, not flash memory) tucked in there. The power supply was going to be a bit big for the case too...

    Some printers make the models out of dust and cure it, others use a wax type substance, but this is good ole ABS plastic, can be sanded, painted, etc... Not sure what the materials cost...

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    This is the underside of the motherboard. The bright orange strip you see is the back of the hard drive


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    Very nice.

    I'm about to start a carputer project for a friend's truck and the case is actually now in question so I was wondering:

    Is your guy willing to do any more? What might he charge?

    thanks.

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    stereolithography? yah, talk about expensive stuff.

    My college had one, and students could use it at a discounted rate, but that was still a pretty penny.

    Sometimes it would be easier to just thermoform the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azaria View Post
    Very nice.

    I'm about to start a carputer project for a friend's truck and the case is actually now in question so I was wondering:

    Is your guy willing to do any more? What might he charge?

    thanks.

    I posted my design on another forum and he sent me a private message offering to do one up for me if I let him print one for his showroom (he sells the printers and likes to have new stuff to show off).

    I had no idea who the guy was (other than both being members on a website) and he did ask me not to tell people who made it.

    Sorry

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    Added pic to first post

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