Re: Custom made computer case

From: Caleb Walker (
Date: Wed Dec 17 2003 - 18:00:04 EET

Along the same lines as Bathsheba's comment's I would say composites- like
heavier weave carbon fibers, Kevlar ,& Kevlar/carbon hybrid materials(among
others) as well as machined aluminum make very interesting High Tech looking
parts that might appeal to a different niche than the wood parts. They are
also fairly easy to tool using RP masters. I've seen some very impressive
high end furniture made this way..


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----- Original Message -----
From: "Bathsheba Grossman" <>
To: "'Rapid Prototyping e-Mail List'" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: Custom made computer case

> On Tue, 16 Dec 2003, Marshall Burns wrote:
> > An associate is interested in manufacturing computers cases in
> > one-off quantities for special customers. I'd like to ask if anyone has
> > any thoughts or suggestions to share on the subject.
> >
> > -- What technique would you use for such a project? Sheet metal?
> > Vacuum forming on an RP master? Something else?
> > -- What would you expect the cost per case to be, assuming a
> > normal desktop size?
> > -- How crazy is this idea?
> Hmm. If I were getting a custom computer case, I think I'd like
> Shaker-style dovetailed rosewood, with inlaid multicolor LEDs in
> beautiful patterns to indicate processor, hard-drive, CD and network
> activity.
> But seriously, I don't think it's a completely crazy idea on the face
> of it. I bet there are sites that sell custom cases already. There's
> certainly a thriving hobbyist subculture of people who make them for
> themselves. My immediate thought, however, is that the people who'd
> pay a lot of money for such a thing would want premium materials:
> stone, glass, wood, solid metal, semiprecious inlays.
> After all, I already have a plastic case that's as exciting as HP
> could make it. I'd only be interested in another plastic case if it
> had truly incredible design _and_ it wasn't very expensive.
> If I were shelling out for a really nice case, it's like a piece of
> fine furniture: a few grand seems not unreasonable. But the big
> question is, can you guarantee that my computer ten years from now
> will fit in this case?
> -Sheba
> --
> Bathsheba Grossman phone (831)429-8224, fax (831)460-1242
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