Price is high, that's the issue with small personalized series, but if it is produced 10 pieces together it should lower around 250$ (TBC). Remember also that it includes international shipment and that the case weight 2,3 Kg.
Regarding the Desktoper case, I agree this will be the most universal and cheaper solution and that's why after this first sketch I am working on it. More to come.
Molded plastic may look attractive, but an injection mold cost between 10k to 100K$ (or more), difficult to pay it back with 100 pieces.
If you refer to heat formed or bended plastic sheets, I have localized a company doing this kind of prototype, I can ask for a quote, but I doubt that the case will withstand the weight of a monitor, and my LCD weight 8 kg !Zarcos :
I haven't find any 3D printing solution for such a big size : the case is 455 mm wide and many printer won't do more than 300 mm. An alternative option would be to print it by parts and glue them together, but I doubt it would resist the weight of a monitor, and 3 D printing is not especially cheap. Ldv-01 :
Well, difficult not to be influenced by the Falcon Clab MKX case, such a nice design. I agree, I definitely need to look at a back panel solution in order to limit the number of model. Regarding floppy, I didn't think to keep one at the beginning but in the end it should come back. Now I have an issue with what model to punch in. I know at least 3 different types of floppy fronts and sizes, between the STF shaped front with full size drive and big rhomboid button, STE shaped front with small height drive and small rhomboid eject button and Falcon squared PC type front. I guess I will go with the Falcon one as it is more universal, but that means that many will have to change the drive. Regarding CD ROM, 5"1/4 size or laptop size? You are pointing one of the limit of this project, which is personalization vs price. As it is prototype everything can be personalized, and I will provide different drawings, but in this case the 300$ won't be reduced. I will come back later on that.
For the case color : http://www.protocase.com/products/mater ... r-coat.php
Printing is digitally done and in color, front and back.Simonsunnyboy :
can you be more precise? Do you mean punched holes for an Eiffel interface for example? So far I have just put an Atari keyboard connector on the back. As I don't know any still produced interface for PC keyboard, I guess no, but if you know a solution, you are welcome.Ryan :
The case shown is not compatible with a 19" rack ( 3 mm too wide). But I have like 10 mm margin inside the case that I can optimize in order to have space put rack ears. Good point, it will reduce the range to 2 models.
Thinking about it ,another option could be with the desktoper. The Atari base case if 475 mm wide, so do the desktoper, space between screw on a 19" rack are 465 mm, so I have 5 mm both sides to set bolts, may be tight but it seems possible. The only issue is that you may need to place case behind the 19" rail as the space between rails is 452 mm. I am going to dig into this direction
Just to be clear, I am proposing to design different type of cases, find a supplier, negotiate production and shipment costs, and try to group as much order as possible in one run to decrease cost. After everybody will deal directly with the supplier for payment, options, color and delivery. I won't buy a stock, won't finance anything and I won't receive 1 cent from the supplier I have been working with ; I am not even married with him so if you know better ones, please fill free.
As many of you have pointed out, the name of the game is to design a standard model which can fit most of the needs.
So far I got :
Desktoper appears to be the preferred option, with racking option
floppy drive cut in the front,
keyboard connector in the back,
support for 3" 1/4 HDD
18 gauge folded rolled steel
Powder coated with personalized tint
Digital printing front and back panel
Should you need additional holes or options, and don't want to cut it yourself, the 40$ setup fee will apply to the case. I will provide different options in drawing.
Thanks all for your feed back : it confirms the interest for a Desktoper style case. So I go back to my drawing board and work on it.