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ATX computer rear panel I/O plate construction set

by jridley, published

ATX computer rear panel I/O plate construction set by jridley Nov 25, 2012

Description

If you have a mainboard that you've lost the rear plate for, normally your only option is to just leave a big gaping hole in the back which disrupts airflow and allows the incursion of bugs, spiders, etc.

This will allow you to quickly create a plate that matches your mainboard.

I created this because I had a Dell PC that I needed to move to a bigger case to hold a stack of hard drives, and the Dell back plate was stamped right into the case, not a snap-in plate like with more generic machines.

UPDATED - added PS/2 and DVI connectors to the SCAD file

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will do, and just realized that the printer isnt wide enough to print the backplate after all, time to just get out the dremel and the old case :P

Awesome. Keep in mind for the future that with the SCAD file it's quite easy to make a backplate for any mainboard.

dude, you are a lifesaver, I had a dell inspiron 531s series, which has the normal 531 internals in it, but in a slimline case with custom power supply. Power supply blew so I had to put it in a normal case, and didnt have a backplate for it, and yours is the one I needed. Thank you so much!

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NOTE THE STL IS PROBABLY USELESS TO YOU - unless you happen to have a Dell Inspiron 531 mainboard. You almost certainly will need to work from the SCAD file. I only uploaded the STL so that the site would show a representative image.

Download the OpenSCAD file. Edit the "holes()" module by adding all of the I/O types that you have on your system, measuring from the lower left of the case opening to the lower/left side of each connector. For instance, my VGA connector is 41mm from the left of the hole to the left of the connector, and 5mm from the bottom of the hole to the bottom of the connector, so I add this:

translate([41,5,0])
vga();

Do all of the connector holes, print, insert into the case from the inside. There are little bumps along the edge which you need to snap into place. If some of them break off it's not a big deal as the mainboard will actually hold the plate in place just fine, the bumps are just for convenience. After inserting the plate, install the mainboard and build up the rest of the system.

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cae2100 on Jul 23, 2013 said:

dude, you are a lifesaver, I had a dell inspiron 531s series, which has the normal 531 internals in it, but in a slimline case with custom power supply. Power supply blew so I had to put it in a normal case, and didnt have a backplate for it, and yours is the one I needed. Thank you so much!

jridley on Jul 23, 2013 said:

Awesome. Keep in mind for the future that with the SCAD file it's quite easy to make a backplate for any mainboard.

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