Start of this year I had the idea to build a passive phase change computer cooling build … the idea ran wild … it would look stupid on any commercially available computer case … so I decided to build my own computer case utilizing modern sheet metal manufacturing. A two in one project it has become.
The planing phase of the project is nearing completion and I’m hard at work to get the plans ready for production.
While this is going on I though I would like to ask you, my dear community friends, to help me design the paint scheme for the future Case Construction.
Me, being obsessed with geometric shapes, have themed this build around the shape of a Pentagon. The paint sheme should follow that, harsh geometric shapes. I like bright colours … so maybe we can throw some of those in too … I really like the work of Simon Stalenhag and would imagine something in that direction … more on that later …
The case will be steel sheets between 1 and 2 mm thickness with zinc galvanization. If anyone has experience painting that, I would like to hear some tips about that too … I plan to use simple tape and spray cans. (Including all the preparation like cleaning and grounding).
I’m getting a space probe vibe from it. It would be cool to have a mirror chrome finish on the inner panel surrounding the 5.25" drive bays so it then reflects the triangular “shield” panels which could be a dark grey matt finish on the inner face and white on the outside. Give the outside of the shield some weathering effects like it’s been entering the atmostphere a few times and extend it along the corners
Maybe add chrome gold on the feet or mesh to give it contrast and make it look more sciencey.
The render is deceiving because the sheet metal is reflecting the surrounding, white, quite bright lighting, also the steel isn’t as textured as in real life as there wasn’t a fitting material … that’s why it looks so clean … it’s a good starting point for brainstorming though.
Well the design is inherently industrial. Sure I could let them anodize or powder coat every piece … but the geometry and non-changeable coloured pieces need to be considered.
I wasn’t considering any full colouring as I was expecting to multi colour the individual pieces. Making everything white or black isn’t much a changeup from leaving it as it comes from the factory in my opinion. Most other winning cases have at least a dual colour scheme. I could do it white and black maybe …
Some colours are already fixed and can’t be changed … so for instance these parts that will be part in the case most probably:
Yeah there’s too large an area for gold. Only use it sparingly such as a finish for the drive bays, or feet…something small. If you want to colour the mesh maybe try a charcoal grey or something else neutral?
I can’t find it right now but Adam Savages one-day build videos have good tips for simple weathering effects. It usually involves coffee
This is one of Adams videos I was thinking of https://youtu.be/LHITcrnGn1U?t=58m19s
Instead of black paint, you could use a much lighter grey oil or acrylic paint so that it doesnt make a strong black mark. You could also test out rubbing some blue shades or metallic paints to get different highlights. I guess it also depends if you want it to look brand new or aged.
Remember to layer things on in small amounts instead of piling on too much and having to reverse it somehow.
The paint should be pretty resistant to all forms of influence. I won’t have it outside anyway and all instructions mentioned the paint I used as last layer, not suggesting any more treating of the surface.
The orange really makes the white brighter then it actually is. It’s great. Super happy, as long as it isn’t starting to fall off, I did all the necessary treatment of the surface (with the special zinc surface “etcher” (orange bottle)), hope that was enough.
There was a great interest in my case from both visitor as well as other participants and a lot of compliments. The positive feedback was overwhelming. Definitely a great experience, even if the jury didn’t award my creation.
Machine built or bought components are judged as neutral. My case definitely stood out and was uniquie in its way but the fact that I’ve built most of the case out of machine cut pieces probably made me not hit the 3rd place in the CaseCon category. I wasn’t there to win anyway, I just wanted a deadline to finish this huge timesink.