Hey guys, hope you are doing well! I am a member of a computer hardware club at my local high school. I never would have thought I'd find something like this, and I am so glad I did! I've wanted to do a laser cut pc for awhile, and once I got the opportunity (laser cutter access and a cheap gutted TJ 08B frame), it was full steam ahead. Thanks to Gentleman shark for letting me borrow all of the hardware.
A little background - we aren't that big of a club yet, but we were fortunate enough to get sponsored, both by AMD, and by Asetek. The components in this pc aren't exactly high end like many of the builds on here, rather they were the ones we had, and were able to use. (Many of the things in this pc, like the Cpu and Mobo were sponsored by AMD.) In the end for me though, it was more about creating the pc than actually using it. I've been really interested in computers for about a year now, the tech that goes into them, and just the journey of planning, building/modding, and finally seeing the finished product - gratifying and satisfying. When I do use pcs, it is for video editing, 3d modeling, and browsing the webs (I don't game, sorry I'm a disgrace to my pc master race brethren.)
Pretty much anything you see on this pc that is yellow or black acrylic, was laser cut. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to use an Epilog Mini Helix Laser cutter at my local maker space for a week during a summer camp (Laser cutter, and unlimited "free" acrylic? Yes please!) Local techshop if anyone is interested and local. The way you use it is so streamlined, and so easy it is kind of ridiculous. All you do is take your svg into Illustrator, and print. It really is that simple (admittedly you do have to change settings in the proprietary software that pops up when you print.)
I used Sketchup Make 2016 to do everything you see on here. In my opinion, Sketchup is one of the most versatile 3d and 2d CAD programs out there - and it's free. Used a ruler to measure everything, and then just modeled 2d faces in Sketchup. I was inspired by the Asiimov and the Titanfall pattern, and you can definitely see their influence throughout the pc. After I modeled everything, I used this plugin to export as a svg, and then Inkscape to convert these svg's into plain ones that can be read by Illustrator.
One of the instructors helped me out by drilling holes into the frame, in which I mounted screws by a combination of a nut and the screw head. The panels slide onto these screws, and are tightened down by Golden Thumbnuts. I hope you guys like this, I put a lot of effort into designing and building the laser cut parts for the pc.
There are some things that I want to change in the future, the main one being a full led system, maybe a future PC02? Also, I would love to get access to a very nice DSLR to take some slick photos with some nice Bokeh (pictures here were taken with a LX100 from Panasonic, and edited in Photoshop.)
Well guys, that is it. Here is our website if you guys are interested, sorry it is so outdated right now, but will be revamped in the next couple of weeks. Also, if you have more questions, ask here, or send me a PM, I'd love to help if I can! I'm really excited with where our club could go in the future, the new projects and new sponsors we could get. Next year I'd love to help Gentleman Shark help and show members how to build pcs - modding, watercooling, the whole 9 yards, because that is really what it is about at the end of the day, sharing your passion, and helping them out. Stay tuned for a watercooled Inwin 303 build in the future!