Frosty: Thin Mini-ITX case for Asus H81T

by FrankLumien Jan 3, 2016
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I'm taking on the challenge of freecad and my second project will be a thin mini itx case! (Basic box)

My board is almost identical to yours. Asus n3050t. 170x170x25

The metal shield cut out looks to be 25mm tall but I struggle to find Dimensions the four corners of the board screw to a post that stands how tall?

from the location of my 25mm tall pocket, the 4 post should sit at the very bottom of 25mm? (zero)

I do hope you can find time to help. This is so much fun and my first project was a extremely simple filament bearing insert! Just trying to learn my way around :-)


Its worth a laugh!

Hi l8igmac, I actually went without using the metal shield as it wouldn't really serve any purpose in this case, I recommend you do the same. See more photos on https://www.thingiverse.com/make:183530, images 5-6 in particular - Photo 6 is taken slightly from above, in real life the upper edge doesn't extend below the top edge of the ports. I have both HDMI, LAN, USB thumbdrive, USB sound card and Bluetooth dongle attached at the same time, they all fit through the rear slot. I had a look at the Asus N3050T, it should fit without problems. The rear ports does not extend higher than on my H81T, the mounting holes are identical (Mini-ITX standard). The top of the 4 posts is about 1mm above the lower edge of the rear slot, but I designed the posts so that you can easily sand them down to the height you want if needed. I really don't think it will be necessary, but it's nice to know the option exists. Good luck!

Frosty: Thin Mini-ITX case for Asus H81T

I love the design, too bad it exceeds the 20 cms of your standard print bed... actually a safe size is 18cm, with 20cm or maybe even 19, using brim you get skipped steps outside of the boundaries...
Since you have the sources, do you think you can slim it down to minimal size by moving the borders inwards? I've printed another minimal case (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1285560 remixed by me from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1006832 ) which is 18cm and fits snugly my D510MO, and it was barely printable inside my available bed.

Mini ITX case for normal sized printers
Mini ITX Case - Super Compact!

Hi, glad you like the design. Unfortunately, I can't slim it down much more since the corners are round and the motherboard would otherwise hit the edges. It might be possible to slim it down slightly, but that would take hours of work in the design tool I used (Tinkercad). I published it under CC Attribution license, so you are free to remix it if you want to give it a go. I'm not sure there is a standard size printer, but it should print fine on a RigidBot (any version), Ultimaker (2+) and Lulzbot (TAZ5) to name a few.

I thought 20cm was the standard print bed side, instead maybe my prusa model belongs to the tiny printers squad ;)
I thought you used openscad and it was just a matter of changing a few parameters, but since it would take so much effort on your part please ignore my request, doesn't change the fact that your design rocks!
Maybe next printer will be the one

Sorry. Tinkercad is really a child's tool. Pretty much all you can work with are rectangles, circles and triangles, and the addition & subtraction of those shapes. I think I put at least 40 hours of modeling into creating this case from scratch out of those basics. In hindsight, those hours should perhaps have been better spent learning a proper cad program, like openscad. ;)
But I thank you for your kind words, they are much appreciated!

Wow, hats off for dedication!
In hindsight thought, you are right ;) and I'm no expert in openscad either, I just tried my hand once and would definitely use it again. Have a nice day