A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
The Timber Case is not only a great looking PC case, but an open-source platform that will enable pc-enthusiast to design, modify, manufacture and even sell their own PC cases.
The Timber Case is made entirely out of wood and 3D printed parts. It comes in ITX, mATX, ATX, and EATX form. It can be purchased completely built or as an unfinished kit.
How are Timber Cases Made?
The Timber Case was designed in CAD over the last year. Designing in CAD allows us to virtually assemble the entire case before we even start to cut a single piece of wood or print a 3D part.
Once a design is finalized we start to machine the wood and print the 3D parts.
Next, the plastic 3D printed parts are printed
Once all the parts are cut and printed we do a quality check to verify the tolerances. Then we assemble the case and attach all the parts.
The last and most important step is applying the finish. Wood is an organic material that can warp, expand, and contract due to temperature and humidity. We apply multiple coats over a period of 72 hours in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. This insures that that the wood will last for decades and provide excellent resistance to heat and humidity.
We've created 9 prototypes and continue to design and produce new prototypes on a daily basis. These specs are very close to final builds but may change slightly before shipping. Maximum GPU, PSU length will not change, if anything they will increase.
What Types of Wood Can I Choose?
We plan to offer the Timber Case in over 20 different types of wood. You can expect this list to expand going forward. We will also accommodate customers requests so long as we can obtain the wood.
What do I get with a Complete Timber Case?
You get a finished, ready to go, PC case that is just waiting for your hardware to be installed.
A Complete Timber Case comes with everything you would receive if you purchased a case from a traditional manufacturer. A Complete Timber Case includes:
Choice of wood
Choice of color for 3D printed parts
Choice of stain or finish
All screws, nuts, washers and other hardware
Motherboard mounts and spacers
Dust filters for all intake fans
Disk drive mounts
Power button and front io (usb/audio)
Cable management features
* The Timber case does not come with any fans, or other PC components shown in pictures. These are for demonstrative purposes only.
Please Note: If your pledge includes a Completed Timber Case we will contact you before shipping to ascertain your desired type of wood, 3D printed part colors, finish, etc. You will be able to see samples of all the wood types, stains, finishes and 3D part colors as well.
What do I get if I Order a Timber Case kit?
You get all the parts needed to build your own Timber Case along with video instructions.
All of the wood is cut, all holes are drilled, completing a kit, as it is now, is fairly easy. For the Kickstarter we're selling "beta" kits. We're calling them "beta" because we want to get feedback from backers to help improve ease of construction and address any unforeseen issues that might arise.
To complete a Timber Case Kit (beta) you will need the following:
Quality wood glue such as Titebond 2/3 or Weldbond
Sandpaper, 300 grit and 100 grit recommend
Optional: Polyurethane or other finish (varnish, shellac)
Optional: A small orbital sander can save a lot of time
Optional: Large set of clamps (up to 24")
What is the Wood & 3D Printed Sign Reward?
The Timber PC sign is designed to be a sample of the materials, manufacturing, and quality of the Timber Case. Selecting a sign is a great way to obtain a low-cost preview of the Timber Case.
Each sign includes a small amount of sawdust that we collected from our first hardwood prototype (the red oak, small ITX case). The sign has a wooden base with 3D printed letters. The letters "Timber" are printed with a wooden 3D filament. This sign uses all the materials and processes that go into building the actual Timber Case.
The base and acrylic window are cut with a CNC machine
The letters are 3D printed with a wood and plastic material
It's open source, click here to see how easy it is to edit, copy or export
It's stained, finished, and sealed just like our cases
An acrylic window displays sawdust from one of first hardwood prototypes
What are "The First Ten" rewards?
The "First Ten" are a limited number of rewards that are our way of saying thank you to our earliest backers. This is a hardwood, Complete Timber Cases offered at nearly half the projected retail price. These cases will be the first out the door once we start shipping.
What is the, "One of a Kind" Reward
We'll work with you personally to design the computer case of your dreams. Any size, any features, any type of wood, if you can think it, we can try to design it. This reward will come with 3 hours of custom CAD work to design your case.
We'll ask, with your permission, that we feature your case prominently on our website. Your case will be an example of what's possible with our open-source design and consumer orientated manufacturing.
What is the White Mountains Vacation, Shop Tour?
We're really excited about this rewarded because it gives us a chance to share our love of case design and fabrication with other people who feel the same way.
You'll receive a 7 night stay in a log cabin located in the New Hampshire White Mountains. This is valued at approximately ($2,800) for more information on the Cabin please visit this website. Dates are flexible so we'll work around a time of year that works for you.
During your stay you'll have complete access to our shop (during business hours). We'll help you design and build your own "One of a Kind" PC case. Make sure to bring your hardware or have it shipped to us before you arrive!
Once your machine is built I would hope we could get some gaming in!
Open Source - Modify, Build, Sell
We're going to be getting a little technical now. This section is for people who want to use the Timber Case as a platform to modify, build and even sell their own cases.
Creative Commons - Share and Share Alike 4.0
You can read the entire licence here. This is a fairly liberal open-source license that allows for commercial use, modifications, derivative works, and so on. The only restriction is that if you make a derivative work, you must also make that derivative work open source.
This licence is so open that it's easier to list what you can't do rather than what you can.
You can't state or imply that Timber PC or Timber case endorses your derivative work
You can't use the Timber Case of Timber PC trademark and word-mark without our permission.
I'll answer any questions you might have during the camplaign in the FAQ section.
How do I get Started Modifying the Timber Case?
As we design and improve the Timber Case we'll be posting how-to articles and tutorials. We hope that other members of the PC community with experience in this area might help as well.
Designing and building modifications might sound difficult but today's technology makes it quite easy. With services like 3dhubs.com you don't even need a 3D printer. You can have someone else print your designs.
Cad Design - The First Step
When I first purchased a 3D printer I did all my work in Tinkercad. Tinkercad is incredibly easy to use and can go from part to printer in just a few minutes. Tinkercad is a great place to start before moving on to more complex CAD applications.
I do all of my design in OnShape. OnShape is an online, full featured CAD application that is free to use with just one catch. All of your designs are publicly accessible. If you want to keep your designs private, there is a monthly charge.
You don't have to use OnShape of Tinkercad. All of our files and documentation will be freely available on Github.
How Expensive are 3D Printers and CNC Machines?
You don't need to purchase a 3D printers or CNC machine to get started with modding the Timber Case. However, if you want to do extensive modifications, or sell your own mods, a 3D printer and/or CNC machine will allow you to creative pretty much anything you can design.
A quality 3D Printer can now be purchased for around $200
A low priced printer is a great way to get started with 3D printing
Needed to machine new wooden panels (assuming the cuts can not be made with traditional wood working tools, like a router or table saw)
We use the Shapeoko XL from Carbide 3D this is a shop-grade CNC machine with an extensive community and great support.
Some desktop CNC machine can be purchased in kit form for well under $1,000.
We recommend buying a CNC after your comfortable designing and printing 3D parts.
How Hard is it to Make a Part?
Once you have a basic understanding of designing in CAD, you can go from a blank slate to a print-ready part in under 15 minutes. Here is a quick video that demonstrates the process I use to create new parts.
Thank You to the Following Websites & Communities
Without the helps of these communities, the Timber Case would never have been possible. Thank you for all your support.
Unlike other Kickstarter products, I'm not relying on outsourced manufacturing. I'm not working with shipping delays and coordinating with factories in other countries. In fact, how the Timber Case is manufactured is really one of its strongest attributes.
Like any project, one of the biggest risks is TIME. I've attempted to budget time with room for the unforeseen hiccups that every project runs into.
July 10th - Kickstarter Ends
- Ordering additional hardware, CNC machines, 3D printers
- Preparing all CAD files and documentation to be released as open-source
- Working with wood suppliers to obtain a decent stock of multiple wood species
- Purchasing different types of hardware (nuts, bolts, fasteners)
- Purchasing 3D filament in bulk and in a wide arrange of colors
- Start manufacturing "Timber PC" wooden signs on our existing machines
- Start working with "One of a Kind" backers
- Expanding shop and setting up new machines
- Continue working with "One of a Kind" backers
- Ship "Timber PC" wooden signs
- Continue setting up shop for mass production
- Manufacture and ship "One of a Kind" cases
- Manufacture and ship the ATX kits
- Creating all jigs, templates and mounts needed for mass production
- Begin mass production of all cases
- Continue mass production of all cases
- Start shipping cases