Clear Cube Case

By CubedPC · 33 replies
Dec 2, 2003
  1. Subsane

    Subsane TS Rookie

    I like and would buy it. Need lights though. Props to long did the prototype take to complete?
  2. CubedPC

    CubedPC TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    We have been working on this on and off for the past year and a half, it started off just as my best friend and I building two computers for a school project, and we slowly had developed it into this. We have done 12 revisions and made 4 different laser cut prototype runs since we built the first two by hand in my garage. Glad you like the design, its taken a long time to get to this stage, but its been really fun designing it. -Steve
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Holy §H!T $180!?! Sorry man but thats quite a fair bit/a ton of money for a case. I can get a sweet case for $50 /w PSU. I wasnt expecting this to be $50, more like $100-120 max. *Kinda bummed :(* Looked like a cool case too.
  4. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka Banned Posts: 125

    $189 is pretty decent, it's a clear cube dude; Lian Li cases are damned expensive too, and so are some Antecs.
  5. CubedPC

    CubedPC TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    ---agissi---: these are really expensive to manufacture. THey are made out of premium cast acylic, are laser cut in small runs, and hand assembled. That adds a lot to costs, and so that is as cheap as we can make these. I personally think they are worth this much. The cheap acylic cases are made very poorly, and require you to assemble them, and to remove a component you have to take everything out of the case. Ours is very comparible in quality to the Clear Computer Case acylic cases, which retail from $259 to $279. Ours is manufactured with the same process and same materials, and allows easy access to the components, like theirs, just in a smaller form factor and size and signifcantly cheaper. -Steve
  6. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    I suggest that you have sorta "raceway like tubing" (or some small tubes) placed along the inside edges of the case to be used for a routing of wires.

    It doesn't look too fun... you have to pay tons of money for the case, with no PSU, then it's going to take hours to get the wires organized. I know it would, I have a simple case with a window and it took a hell of alot of time to organize the wires and I had corners to stash them in!
  7. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Your so right XtR as much as I'd love to have that case. That kind of money + a PSU would buy me a 3200+ A64 ;) And trust me, I'd rather have that then a cube case.

    Yeah Im sure everything you said was true CubePC however thats out of my (case) $$$ limit.

    Thx anyways :)
  8. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    What you can do is make a model that is very impressive, make the final touches, then mass produce them. You could seel them for a lot less.

    I was interested in custom case building when I saw your case, and my stepdad owns a steel/welding/manufacturing company, and he previously used to make PC cases. He stoped doing it because huge businesses would mass produce them and sell them with a PSU cheaper than his without one.

    So I asked him if me and my friend could give him detailed dimensions of a case we'd like to build and he asked how much money I had. I asked why? How much? Well... it's going to cost aprox. 1000 dollars for the programing the machines and the materials and labor. "You're better off mass producing".
  9. CubedPC

    CubedPC TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    XtR-X, you are right that for aluminum cases that have to be welded that you absolutely MUST mass produce to make them because of programming costs for the complex process of stamping (or laser cutting), bending, and TIG welding. Luckily acrylic is not as hard to program, and can be assembled by hand, making it the programming charges almost negligible. What is expensive is the materials and the large amount of time it takes on a laser cutter to cut 1/4" thick material with the length of cuts that we need (I think it takes 20 minutes per case), shipping and hand assembly. Our costs would really not be reduced too much by ordering more units. The only thing that could bring down prices is buying a laser cutter, which I would really love to have, especially if it is a business write-off :D
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