Cubieboard Tower Case

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Cubieboard Tower Case by viresx Apr 1, 2013
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I've designed a case for my cubieboard. Top case is for Cubieboard, bottom one for SATA HDD (you can use USB->SATA adapter from A-Data CH93 or SATA connector from Cubieboard).


Bottom parts needs to be printed with support (45* recommended).
HDD Case can be used separately. You should glue some soft material inside for HDD safety. It is designed to fit AData CH-93 electronics (for USB) or SATA cable.
This two cases can be placed on top of each other and connected with long screws or parts of 3mm filament.
Power button is part of 3mm filament, melted on one side.

Version v2:

  • borders thickness reduced to 4mm.
  • bottom of case reduced by 2mm (in version V1 I couldn't connect external ports for GPIO)
  • printing time reduced to 60% by modifications above :)
  • bigger holes for HDMI, USB-OTG, audio and IR
  • HDD case adjusted to Cubieboard case.

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Hey! I'm new to 3D printing and I want to know how to use the support with Makerbot Replicator. I printed the case 1 time and the bottom part didn't finish. Please tell me where I can add the support option.

Hi, I'm using Slic3r to generate gcode on my Prusa Air 2. Not sure if Makerbot uses the same software - you need to find it in settings. Maybe someone with Makerbot could help here?

Thanks! And could you also tell me what do you mean by 45* support? And what should the infill be?

If you are using linear infill you should make sure that lines are rotated by 45 degrees, not in axis of model - it makes its easier to clean after print.

I assume this will work with the cubieboard2 as well?

Yes, cubieboard2 is built on the same PCB, so it is 100% compatible :)

This case is totally awesome, thanks man :))

Did you consider adding screwholes for the disk?

Are there source files available for this design?
I want to make another section to the tower to house a http://www.ebay.nl/itm/280767420997http://www.ebay.nl/itm/2807674...

I uploaded skp source files (to use in Google SketchUp), so feel free to modify it :)

I was looking for more powerful power supply, so I'll be glad if you send a photo or add modification to see how it worked :) It should fit perfectly!

To reduce noise of HDD I've put some soft foam instead of screws.

yeah i used the soft foam from the cubieboard shipping case :)

hmm, sketchup .. guess i should learn that ;)

You can always open project in SketchUp and export to anything you need.

seriously doubt sketchup does OpenSCAD exports ;) well I have 3 weeks until the PSU arrives here, sure its do-able

ok, now to find a computer that wants to run sketchup ;) horrible non-linux software :P

I printed this and ended up with a useless mirrored version :o(

Why mirrored? I think these STLs are ok.
Maybe you need to adjust endstops and motors in your printer?
Are other models printed correctly?

I later found out that someone was flipping the coordinates for his model before I printed.

Have you considered making an alternative to this case using right angle SATA cables? they are cheap and would allow the cubieboard case to be stackable

Yes, but this cables are too long to use it in my situation. I have more space on top. However, if you need this type of case I can upload skp file or redesign it. Will you test it? :)

Main case (version v2) is ready!
HDD case will be available tomorrow.

An idea for v3.0: additional room for a HDD/SSD

Bottom part is external case for HDD :)

Cubieboard should be mounted on top of HDD with long screws for cooling, but you can print cubie-top and 2 bottoms and have one big case.

sweet :D i've been holding off on making an IDE case, thanks a lot for this!

Nice to hear that :) You need to wait.. maybe a week for me to complete design and test it.

Just got my Cubie; please, please, finish it soon! Thanks a 1e6!!

Main part is ready! Have fun :)

i'll wait patiently :D