Re: Custom made computer case

From: Brock (
Date: Thu Dec 18 2003 - 19:06:46 EET


Nice call. I thought it rang a bell. Gibson also wrote in Idoru about buildings that shimmered and didn't seem to have a consistent shape, which he never actually explained, but I
suspect was meant to represent some kind of nanotechnology. Perhaps we could throw a little nanodust into these computer cases that changes their shape or color, depending on our
changing moods. And also block RF signals and are not only inflammable, but actually put out any fires that occur.

Brock Hinzmann

Makai Smith wrote:

> ..reminds me of the Sandbenders, a enclave of artists who live on the Oregon coast, at least in William Gibson's mind.
> *****
> "I like your computer," she said. "It looks like it was made by Indians or something."
> Chia looked down at her sandbenders. Turned off the red switch. "Coral," she said. "These are turquoise. The ones that look like ivory are the inside of a kind of nut. Renewable."
> "The rest is silver?"
> "Aluminum," Chia said. "They melt old cans they dig up on the beach cast it in sand molds. These panels are micarta. That's linen with this resin in it."
> >From Idoru, by William Gibson.
> Published by Putnam in 1996
> *****
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> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Bill Richards
> Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2003 10:05 PM
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> Subject: Re: Custom made computer case
> I can echo what Greg said, wood is very popular for one-of-a-kind
> computer cases. It has a wonderfully esthetic effect, looks and feels
> luxurious. And in the hands of a real craftsman, can be a real piece of
> art.
> Acrylics, pattern cut sheet metal, and a few other materials are
> proving to be quite popular. The most important thing to remember is
> whatever material is used, care must be taken to make sure that the
> heat can be removed from the CPU -- or else! (This brings to mind that
> fire-resistant materials may be a preference.)
> Unfortunately, most materials used for rapid prototyping processes are
> designed for rapid phase change so they can be deposited and merged.
> They work well in this purpose, but as a result tend to be fairly
> unstable. With a few exceptions, most of these materials succumb to
> deterioration over time. This makes them unsuitable for long term use,
> such as a custom case for a computer. Imagine how angry the customer
> will be when after two years, his expensive computer case starts to
> disintegrate!
> Secondary-process materials such as Urethane plastics are more
> esthetically pleasing than the original process materials, but even
> urethanes are unstable, and can begin to warp or color change depending
> on the environments in which they are kept. Also, the CPU's of most
> modern desk-top PC's generate a considerable amount of heat. This can
> be a problem as well.
> However, the patterns generated by an RP process can be used to create
> molds from which real-world, engineered materials can be used to create
> the case. By creating the case in modular pieces, one could create
> fairly intricate designs that could be assembled into the case. Apple
> Computer pretty well proved to the world that a computer does not have
> to be in a box. But it should also be pointed out that the one thing
> they could not get away from, was that the heat of the CPU must be
> dealt with! So airflow must be the forefront concern with any design.
> - Bill Richards
> On Dec 16, 2003, at 3:17 PM, 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.

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