Hey, thank you for the answer!Read the whole thread and now gotta add my 2 cents:
First off cudos for attempting a project like this. I dont get all the salt in this thread. OP is rejecting a lot of the answers and some people are a bit harsh too. Guys lets keep it friendly we are talking about our hobby here.
1. CAD ans Sketchup are nice, but in the end you need to get hands on with physical components and some kind of model. I would go with plywood because its cheap and you can screw up stuff without wasting a lot of money. Plywood and a jigsaw.
2. Like some of the other guys here I got the feeling you underestimate the costs involved. You will not go out, order one model and its finished. The real product is somthing entirely different from some cad model. You will realize that parts are not fitting, materials are flexing where they shouldnt, screw holes are missing etc.
Plan for 5 prototypes and more until you get it right.
3. In relation to my beforementioned points. Do the model yourself, everything else will cost you a ton of money and will lead to frustration and nothing else. If you want to 3d print get a printer, if you want to work with wood then get yourself a workshop. Maybe even get somebody on-board who has the skills and equipment to help you.
Ps: Check out Josh from NotFromConcentrate if you want to see how custom pc creation can look like. His S4 Mini case is phenomenal.
I will respond to some of your points.
- Whenever I reject an answer, I always give a reason or two why.
- I have mentioned this before, but I am not cutting or drilling my own PC case panels. I don't have the skills and tools needed.
- I also am not hiring a guy to do my #2. There are people who know about computers, there are people who know about cutting and drilling wood and metal, but none that know both, at least in my country.
- Since you mentioned nothing about Protocase, I am going to assume that you don't know about it. Protocase literally does the opposite of your #2. But, I am not going to deny that it's expensive.
- I am not buying a 3D printer just for this project. 3D printer + the materials for the case will cost more than even Protocase's service.
- In order to consider 3D printing more, I need to find someone who can turn my mockup into a 3D printable CAD. Of course, I will pay for it, but I just hope that it's cheaper than Protocase's.
- There are good things if I choose 3D print. I have multiple designs of cases, for example, a trash can form factor, which is not supported by Protocase. With 3D printing, I can accomplish all of them.
Do you know someone who can do it?