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Case frame kits for scratch builders?

I've been working on this idea of offering a case frame kit for scratch case builders.  A kit would consist of slotted anodized aluminum extrusions pre-cut to length, tapped and milled (to allow inserting nuts post-assembly), and will ship with all of the necessary fasteners, nuts, 90-degree angle braces, etc., along with some extra pieces of extrusion.

Options would include a backplate (for a CaseLabs 8-slot IO cage) and a PSU mounting plate.  Eventually, additional "modules" (of various sizes) would be offered that would attach to the original case offering the ability to "grow" a case in all possible dimensions (the holy grail for PC cases - full external modularity).  Understanding that some builders won't need all of that modularity, a version consisting of just one module would also be offered:

 

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Any and all thoughts/criticisms/questions would be greatly appreciated.

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A motherboard tray would be critical. That area intimidates a lot of new builders.

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When I first got into modding the only thing stopping me from doing a scratch build was the motherboard tray and mounting holes for the power supply.

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This x1(with a lot of zeros)

 

When I first got into modding the only thing stopping me from doing a scratch build was the motherboard tray and mounting holes for the power supply.

 

The horizontal flat bars drawn in the model above, support the standoffs, just like i did for this 5-slot case I built:

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EDIT:  Various backplates would be offered: 120mm fan hole, 140mm and PSU over the CPU socket.

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Your ideas are intriguing to me.  Hit me up at Jason@Caselabs.net   Can't guarantee anything, of course, but maybe there's a chance.

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Did I mention that these will be completely modular?  Here are examples of what you could build with just a "motherboard" and "psu" module(s), in all orientations and popular configurations.

Standard ATX:

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Reverse ATX:

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Horizontal:

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Vertical:

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PSU modules can also house radiators (and those can be made in various heights and lengths) to enlarge all of the above ad nauseum.

 

 

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