Thanks for you comments Rory.. Let me say thank you for your interest and I hope through this thread I can help others understand what Dune Case is and what sets us apart from other cases makers.
Firstly I would like to mention that the Dune Case is just a case, not a computer with customize parts, special heat sink and thermal dynamics. However when building the Dune case, we refined our design to support mini ITX components. This was the most challenging part. Using industry standard components to work inside a cylindrical design. It took nearly one year and four prototypes to do this. And at every stage of completing a prototype we tested, analysed and improved the case design for the next prototype. We optimized it four times and I was satisfy with the last prototype and it is now ready for production.
Prior art exists for cylindrical cases designs pre-2013. "FIC Piston" did a wonderful job of creating a computer in a cylindrical design and it has inspired others to do the same. Other manufactures that have done designs in a cylindrical shape. Also there is prior art of cylindrical designs before 2013 and not just in the PC industry.
When looking at the design of the Dune case it is very unique and there is nothing like it in the PC case market. The thick high grade aluminum in a cylindrical design with a mesh on top is just the beginning. Were we set our selves apart is inside the case. We have a unique PSU bracket that splits the airflow into two chambers; CPU and GPU. The PSU bracket isolates air and ensures that air sourced from the vents on the bottom of the case flows into the right direction. Also the Dune Case has a very unique door design that is a GPU mount. Open the door and it gives you access to the HDD mounts and cable management. This is a first that I have seen. I have seen compartments similar but not as a door that is also a GPU mount. And on top we have a 140mm high quality fan that works with this design and pulls the hot air out of the case.
In regards to funding we are already at just under 60K USD as we speak and we have 3 more weeks to reach our goal. I am fully confident that we are going to be funded. Also there is life after Kickstarter and I plan to make quality PC cases with high grade materials and simplistic designs moving forward. Dune Case is really the first case I design from the ground up. While a cylindrical design's have existed for a very long time, the Dune Case is taking a new approach on the PC case designs.
I will also attach my story of how I built this PC and please ask any questions .. I'm here to listen to the community and want to here what you have to say about Dune Case ..
Thanks for reading,
About a year ago, I took a bunch of standard PC components, and built a cylindrical case around it. I considered where to put the MOBO/GPU/CPU and cables; I thought about thermals and ease of accessibility. I even went so far as to have my friend CAD design a prototype, mill the aluminium, and build a case. Only, it didn’t meet my one directive – a case that was more appliance than cable monster.
Stage 1: Prototype 1 (Standard PC Parts) - January 2015
· Silverstone 450W SFX PSU Gold
· MSI 780 GTX Gaming
· MSI ITX motherboard
· 16 GB Ram
· 500 GB 2.5 inch Segate HDD
· intel i7 4770k CPU
We measured each part, loaded them into CAD and milled the aluminium. The process took a long time. Biggest challenge was to remove visible lines from the top of the case; which we overcame using a combination of methods. We then installed the parts in the case and stress tested it using Prime95. The result: we needed a fan to aid airflow; we needed a better way to manage cables.
Stage 2: Prototype 2 (Fine Tune) - April 2015
Parts: Same as Prototype 1 plus a new 140mm Thermalright fan
I took the outer case we built and redesigned the inside. I used a 3D printer to do the front panel, and painted it gold. I then installed a 140mm fan on top of the case and noticed an immediate improvement in internal temps. Hot air naturally rises; a fan at the top pulling it upward accelerated the natural process – hot air was coming out quicker.
But, I still wasn’t happy. The case was too tall and didn’t look right. While it was nice to have a full size GPU, more powerful mini-ITX cards (like the 970 GTX) were coming out and it was time to integrate them into my thinking.
Stage 3: Prototype 3 (Making it shorter) - June 2015
Parts: Same as Prototype 2 but removed 780 GTX and replaced it with mini ITX 970 GTX
I reached back out to my CAD buddy and asked him to recalculate every part. While he was doing that, I had an idea for managing the cables. What if we mounted the GPU on to a door, so when you open the door you have access to everything else – HDD, cables for power and SATA?
It changed everything. The inside of the case became so much more appealing! As far as I know, no other case has this feature.
We had another go at the design and once we finished another prototype, I was finally satisfied.
Stage 4: Final Version - September 2015
Parts: Same as Prototype 3
We did a quick 3D print of most of the parts and CNC’d a new case and bottom. I asked my buddy to make the door’s contour match the round top. We sanded down all the parts and put it all together.
The result was amazing. We continued to tweak the internal design – creating a special container for the power supply which helps direct the air from the bottom, leaving no place for hot spots.
Next step – create a polished version that we would paint, assemble and test.
Stage 5: Final Version Part 2 - October 2015
Now that we had a working version we all liked, we needed to recreate it with precision. After a year of design, redesign, testing, tweaking, and modifying, Dune Case is here. I love the design and that I can customize it how I want with mini-ITX components. It’s upgradeable, and the premium quality materials we used (high-grade aluminum, electronic paint finish) give it the look I set out for – an aesthetically pleasing computer case that’s as comfortable in a living room as a gaming system or in an office as a workstation.
This project has been a labor of love, and I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received throughout the process.