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  1. That is correct .. the accessory Dice Y cover is very expensive to manufacture and very complex. It is not simply cut or stamp metal it has different dimensions.
  2. It is a solid $200 USD for the Dune Pro. We want people to experience a quality product but also economically accessible to everyone. PC World has done a tear down of the case when I was in San Francisco to meet with them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2blXOF86Xpo&t=1s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_stWT6NOVI&feature=youtu.be
  3. Well the first Dune Case I did had some difficulties to overcome to put it into the hands of everyone as a quality case. Firstly, the cost of the tooling was very expensive and would require a certain volume to break even. To deep draw a cylindrical shape from a single piece of aluminum is challenging and the molds are very expensive to do so. Secondly, it was my first time I ever did a crowd funding campaign and I learned a lot from the experience. This time round we spent quite a bit of money to make a case we believe is for the community. The case is made out of high grade aluminum through out and has polished stainless steel frame. I believe the time is right for a case like this and while it may not appeal to everyone, I believe it has an appeal to a certain audience.
  4. Hi Everyone, Well its been a few years since I have commented on this forum as I have been busy with various projects. In the last three months I have been working on my latest project Dune Pro. I am still very much at heart want to do something for the community and I believe that what we have created in the last three months appeals to a certain community looking to make the ultimate build. Attached are some images of our build and I hope through this thread I can get some feedback. Many Thanks
  5. Hey mate its been a while :)

    1. JahStories


      It is, thanks for the message!

  6. dune_case

    The Dune Case: A Cylindrical PC Case

    Hi Guys .. This is Alexander Gomez the founder of Dune Case. Thanks for all the comments here .. let me address a few of the concerns .. First thanks for your interest. It has been one year in the making. Using standard parts was a challenge to fit inside a cylindrical case. There were so many suggestions to say "yeah good enough, it works" but it didnt satisfy me. I wanted this to be tidy and easy to access. Ofcourse there are going to be limitations with size. but we were able to create this case the best of our ability and one year later you have dune case. I have spent a year building this case. When doing this we did do our due diligence and seek professional legal advice. And based on that we spent one year building something for the community. I hope you all like what we have done. We have had this ready for production and no short cuts have been made in design. This case is made out of high grade aluminum and not sheet metal like many PC cases. This is simply a different take on the PC case. Days of discussion has been talked about from connectors, placement of mobo, gpu, cable management and thermals. I want to also thank the InsanelyMac community and its members as some of the great ideas originated from forums like this. There was a need for a PC case like this and the community was looking for a solution. I took the initiative to do something about it and sacrificed time away from family to make this happen. I hope the community can support my efforts so far in the Kickstarter campaign and eventually see Dune Case in the hands of this community. Many thanks, Alexander Gomez
  7. dune_case

    Mac Pro 2013 case with mini-ITX parts

    Thanks guys for the comments ... we really worked hard on this project. There were so many different wants to put parts inside this case but the most difficult part was how to do it with ease. I really love PC cases and why not do something in that space that is high quality instead of sheet metal as we see today ...
  8. dune_case

    Mac Pro 2013 case with mini-ITX parts

    thanks frank and luki
  9. dune_case

    Mac Pro 2013 case with mini-ITX parts

    hi JahStories .. I have custom design the front panels to have connectors to the motherboard. I really like display port as well as I have a dell 4k monitor. a dual display port version is 100% going to be done.. optical i love and water cool too. I guess i was trying to build something that was more common .. but yes great suggestions and definitely the display port is the next version
  10. Nearly a year ago, we started to build a case that was cylindrical in design that could be used with standard PC parts. It was a challenge to get all the parts inside the cylindrical case as it is not a box. We considered thermals, cable management, positioning of mobo / gpu / psu, and the ease of accessibility of parts. We used all the industry standards for PC parts and built around that. Today, I finally have come up with a design and I hope it will help others to that are looking for a similar solution that is well thought and complete. Here are some of the picture of the final product: Stage 1: Prototype 1 (Standard PC Parts) - January 2015 Parts: 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 started to look at all these parts and measured them piece by piece. I had a friend who is a CAD designer and he helped me with drawing all this up in CAD ... Thanks buddy ... After drawing the CAD it was time to have these parts CNC out of aluminum ... it took forever to mill out the metal.. and very costly .. but in the end it was worth it. The most challenging part was to have a case that didn't have lines on the top of the case that was visible. We managed to do that with a combination of different methods. At the end of the process of cutting the metal, we put all the parts in. It looked great, but after looking at it for 5 minutes something didn't feel right.. The parts felt unorganized and cables were coming from everywhere. There was no cable management. Parts where not easy to put in and out. We stress test it with the case closed using Prime95, and decided that we need a fan to help aid the airflow. Stage 2: Prototype 2 (Fine Tune) - April 2015 Parts: Same as Prototype 1 plus a new 140mm Thermalright fan Three months later we used the existing outer case and redesign the inside. We 3D printed the front panel and gave it a paint job in bling bling gold. Also we included a 140mm fan on top of the case. Temps dropped and was quite cool inside the case. The fan on top pulling the air our of the case made a difference. Hot air naturally rises so the rate of hot air coming out was quicker. Putting it all together and analyzing it, I was still not satisfied and decided as much as I wanted a full size GPU in the case, more powerful cards were coming out in mini-ITX like the 970 GTX. I felt the case was too tall and it didn't look right. 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 called my buddy the CAD guru to come over and asked him to recalculate every part and try to make this case smaller. During this process I came up with an idea that made the cables easier to manage. It was to mount the GPU on to a door and when you open the door you have access to HDD and cables for power and SATA. It changed everything !!!! It made inside the case look more appealing instead of seeing cables everywhere. Actually I have never seen this in any other case. We had another go at it and once we finished doing a quick 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 a new case and bottom. In the process I asked my buddy to make the door follow the contour of the round top. We sand down all the parts and put it all together. The result was amazing. We final made a version that was pleasing to the eye inside out, fix the problems with the thermal and cable management. Also we created a special container for the power supple which helps direct the air from the bottom into the right area leaving no place for hot spots. Now it was time to create a polished version painted, assembled, and tested. Stage 5: Final Version Part 2 - October 2015 Now we had a workable version we all liked, the next step was to recreate it with precision. The result was amazing. After a year on working on this case it has finally become a reality. I love the design and the fact I can put my own parts in it. I like the fact that I can keep upgrading it and most of all we used very high quality materials to build it using high grade aluminum and electronically painted it titanium grey and gold. I put a lot of hard work into this and thank everyone that helped me. Thanks for reading. If your interested in more details, I am happy to share my experience. Alexander Gomez