What about a 3D Printed Mini-ITX NAS Case?

What about a 3D Printed Mini-ITX NAS Case?


hey everybody when I was building the
DIY NAS 2019 Edition I was teasing it a little bit on social media and a
gentleman named Toby commented and said “Hey, what about a 3d Printed NAS case?”
and knowing a little tiny bit about 3d design and 3d printing told reply back
said that would be quite the feat of engineering because it’s a it’s a tall
task especially on the kind of consumer grade 3d printers are and Toby replied back saying that he might have something for me to look at that I might
be interested in and he sent me a couple photos an email and right after seeing
maybe the first photo in his first couple description of the features I
told him I would absolutely love it to see it and this is what I’ve got here
today so on the front of the case here the this a fine mesh so you could get
great airflow through this and there are spots for fans in
several parts of the case it’s the entire front opens up to expose these
seven drive bays that have TPU rails TPU is a softer 3d printed filament I’ve got one drive in here here you’ll see this later but I’ll pull
it up just a little bit it’s got little notches it works
really fantastic so there’s room for seven drives there’s room for a
full-size ATX power supply and then there’s a little bit of of empty space
here there’s a power the power switch with an LED in it there’s two USB3 ports there’s one of the fans that I was talking about before (batman) all right so again you see here the spot
for the ATX power supply you’ve got two I think there eighty or ninety two
millimeter it’ll it’ll support both eighty or ninety two millimeter fans the
motherboard trays here this is where the motherboard plate goes and there’s for two half-height PCIe cards the goes at the top of the case and it’s held in by the
door and so here’s the motherboard tray if it’s any a mini ITX motherboard you
know here’s the power switch and the USB cables again another shot of the fan fan
bay that’s in there it’s kind of hard to see but I’ll do a close-up of it right
now but cable management here all the SATA
cables can go through here there’s some power here some room for the power
cables I mean altogether it’s a it’s been a fantastic case I’m real excited
about it I really like the design where the motherboard goes up on the top and
the drives are down below because all the things that generate heat are kind
of isolated from the drives the the mesh grilles everywhere means that there’s
going to be great airflow through the case and above all else this is just
really really impressive that somebody was able to design and print this I think I think the case is actually
quite beautiful it’s I’m astonished I think I think it’s
amazing I have written an entire blog the link down in the description and
hopefully I’ll be able to share some of the details of what Toby plans to do
with this in the future so make sure that you like comment subscribe to my
channel check out my blog and please stay tuned to see what Toby winds up
doing with this down the road

14 thoughts on “What about a 3D Printed Mini-ITX NAS Case?

  • March 21, 2019 at 1:19 am
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    Can't wait to watch!

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  • March 21, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    Toby's work on this case is extremely impressive. The case really is a work of art!

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  • March 21, 2019 at 2:11 am
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    This is pretty sweet. I like the design – very impressive, I'd love to print something even smaller – but i need a printer first, and the skills to design something like this..

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  • March 21, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    Just the design must of taken hours…Looks like Toby took the best of all cases to build something that case manufacturers should really take note of!!!

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  • March 21, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    The chat got cut off pretty quickly, if anyone's willing– Pat and I have a Discord server: https://discord.gg/UAX82r

    Come continue the conversation, if you're willing!

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  • March 21, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    That's a great design! How large a 3d printer does one need to print the largest pieces? Had a chuckle when seeing you screw the hard drive sled on with a Swiss army knife…

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  • March 21, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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    That is a great design. One suggestion I have is to invert the motherboard tray on the top, now you can accommodate full height PCI-X cards. It will also allow you to reduce the overall height if that is a concern as well.

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  • March 21, 2019 at 7:17 pm
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    are the designs public ?

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  • March 23, 2019 at 4:54 pm
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    Get me in touch with this designer! I need this case in my life!

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  • March 28, 2019 at 7:34 am
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    Perfect !!!

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  • April 17, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    I thought it could house two columns of HDD. Got excited until I realized the left side doesn't hold drives, but just for cable management

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  • May 8, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    Whats the point of designing / printing it yourself if it looks like shit ?

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  • August 3, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    I'd probably pay for a tool-less version of this case design. I'm really done with drive rails. They should have died in the 90's.

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