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Google Sketchup....maybe I'll build retro-cases after all....

creepingnet

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So one guy on Vogons already did it for his tower, and Sergey is getting into making a 486 motherboard now (!!!) ATX at that...

So I broke out my old idea on Google Sketchup (which was surprisingly easy for me to learn on my own - no tutorial at all)...and well....I took inspiration from two machines I used to own....

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And this is what I've got so far....

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The idea I have is to model them up, 3D Print them, make molds and stencils off the Prototypes, and then make a few more molding the parts out of Alumalite plastic for fun and/or profit. I also have AT in the works as well.

The idea is to fabricate a metal chassis out of metal-stock, using a metal brake, rivets, and screws, with standard ATX backplane cutouts and backplates. The GEM above already had a lot of this kind of work done to it (yep, a full AT clone of a Compaq Deskpro converted to ATX it was - PIII 1GHz), and it was not that hard either. Then the faceplate just screws onto the chassis like it did on the old one, but is just one piece.
 
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