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    Fabbed a custom .063 aluminum case for my VIA - *PICS*

    *Edit* check the other pages for the final version of this case. The one in these first pics turned out to be the prototype and was improved using a CNC machine.

    Hello, well this project is coming along faster than I thought. My touchscreen should be here tomorrow, then all i need is a laptop H.D. and a power supply (wishing on an m2-atx) Anyway I had some free time today at work so I drew up a case based on the engineer drawings from the Via site. Then I spent a couple hours fabricating it. Material is .063 finished aluminum. This is what street signs are made with. It is very rigid, yet very light. I could seriously hit this case with a hammer and the motherboard would survive unharmed. Its very strong material and is pretty hard to bend (even with an 8ft break!) Anyway the cover will be held on with some aluminum anodonized thumbscrews (need that 6-32 tap!) This box is setup the same way as the "ampie" case sold in this sites store, but it is smaller, shorter and even more slim. Cooling is not figured out yet but i can always mount a fan externally and put a hole in the side or top. Personally I think it will be fine as when i touch this case in a warm ambient room it feels at least 10 degrees cooler. The lid is also low profile so I could put an aluminum spacer with some thermal paste to turn the whole case into a heatsink. Anyway I need to go to home depot and get me a tap and some dremel bits so I can continue to fab. Ill keep this thread updated as I build and If i run into any problems, etc.






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    that is bad ***...i need one..lol
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    Drilled, tapped, Added the thumbscrews, and also marked the left side for the square cutout that is needed for the motherboard connections to poke out. Ill hopefully be cutting that tomorrow at work. Once that is cut, I can tap the holes for the MB standoff's, and get the VIA mounted
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    hey can you make another one?
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    Nice case, How much would you charge for something like that?

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    very nice!

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    awesome. how did you make it?

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    Looks absolutely amazing. One question though: No problems with heat from the epia itself as it looks as its completely closed.
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    tidy work. well done
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    I figured I may get some people interested in this case if I took pictures, I am considering making a batch if all goes well, everything fits, etc. I make this case by starting with a sheet of .063" aluminum, marking my cuts and bends with a pencil & ruler, cutting the notches i need to fold it on a table saw, then hand bending it on a metel break. The interior dimensions of this case are 8"x10"x2", but I can design the case any size that is needed. Ill post up the engineer drawing I did to figure out how to get the smallest possible case, that is on my work computer though. Here is my next thought, I have a 4'x8' CNC table that I program and I could make even more quality/quantity if I generated a computer cutfile for the starting pattern.

    ^For the question about cooling, I think I am going to take the fan off the top of the CPU heatsink and mount it in the case vertically next to the CPU heatsink so it blows air horizontally across the heatsinks of the entire chipset. They are inline and all the fins are the same direction, dont see why all of them should not get circulated air. Then again there is that water cooling option
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