Originally Posted by FallenAngel
Didn't mean to discourage your generous efforts Tom, you know I'll be in for the case for my MiniMAX; I was just thinking that $50 for a case is a "quite higher" than what I usually spend.
As for the Mini^3 panels - definitely made for a select crowd. I'm just so much more utilitarian
No problem - I didn't mean to snap. It's just that I worked for weeks going back and forth with Lansing to get the price down to where it is now. It's not going any further unless we delete the side slots. That might save us $5 a case and IMSO (InMyStrongOpinon), that would be a foolish savings. We need as much cooling as we can get.
Other things were done - it took several days for me to drag it out of Lansing that they were going to charge us $300 for a special key-way punch for the power switch hole. The heck with that - we both agreed to just drill a small hole there, instead.
The overall slots were reduced by making them slightly larger, then decreasing in number. The bottom was simply reproduced from the top - no extra slots all along the bottom anymore. This is reasonable; there is only a very small perimeter space between desktop and the bottom of the case. So, more slots would be wasted beyond the cross-sectional area of the clearance from the desktop.
The side slots were cut down to one row only and then only in line with the sinks.
Finally, it turns out that Lansing could not do "voided" silkscreened text. IOW, for a black case, I had proposed using white shaded areas on the back with the natural finish of the case showing through to form the words, "AUDIO INPUT," "TUBE BIAS," and "POWER." However, Lansing explained that wouldn't work - they'd have to print back over the white with black lettering. Unfortunately, that causes an extra tooling and setup charge. So, the black-shaded rectangles have been removed in favor of outlines, only.
So, here is the latest and greatest, and the agreed-upon, priced-out design with Lansing. I need to finish my MiniMAX and do some LNMP testing. Once we do that and it checks out, then I'll order the production boards and set about having a couple of Group Buys for the cases:
These are linked to the actual, plotted PDF's. So, you can right-click and download the genuine drawing.
I'm also working on a rendering that will help us market the Group Buy a little better than just these drawings.