ION Case Mod idea picked by Pro Modder Brian â€œBoddakerâ€ Carter to create. Submitted by Roboduck.
My idea was to create a case that would make a statement and that would be more than just a static case. I am very into radio controlled vehicles and recently have built an R/C rock crawler, which inspired me to design this case. I wanted to the look of the twisting suspension and the go anywhere idea. The case is inexpensive with an industrial look, that the user can touch and interact with. The case is "go anywhere" in the fact you could set it on top of almost any surface and the legs would compress and extend to adapt and give the case an awesome look. I have always loved the mechanical/organic look and tried to emulate that without making the case look to busy or cluttered. I personally like a clean, simple design (KISS) with a unique feature.
The main body of the case is simple and composed of inexpensive materials. It consists of a 7.5"x7.25"x3.5" black painted/anodized aluminum box with cut outs on the top for green acrylic inserts with LEDs inside. The motherboard is mounted upside down to the top plate with 2x40mm fans mounted to the bottom plate. I kept the main body simple with clean lines to contrast with the long curved legs. The legs would be 1/8" aluminum with spacers in between to provide rigidity and the whole case would be suspended by 2"-3" R/C car shock absorbers ($15 a pair) which would be anodized green. The tips of the legs will be coated in rubber to prevent scratching and provide grip when the case is set on an uneven surface. The top screws can be removed and the legs folded underneath to make for easy packing. The components of the case are can all be made using a CNC mill or lathe and fastened using standard size screws keeping build time well under 60 days. The internal components will be those provided by the contest sponsors (Zotac ION board, MicroATX power supply, slim DVD/CD drive, RAM, SSD, ect...). All dimensions can be easily changed to accommodate changes in components or ideas provided by the professional modding team.
The case was modeled using SolidWorks. Let me know what you think! Thank you.