SliceCase - Allows you to decide the anatomy of your box!
The SliceCase is:
- A case system, built around standardized laser cut acrylic slices.
- Available in many different sizes to fit your needs.
We've started off with three and will add more sizes during the project.
- All plastic slices are available separately in a wide variety of colors. The same applies for the accessories.
- We offer you a customization interface to make your SliceCase unique.
Place your laser engraved logo on top of the case, or make a laser cut hole on the side where you need it. You decide!
Where does SliceCase come to its right?
Prototype casing for platforms like Arduino's and Raspberry Pi's, or any other prototyping platform.
This is where the initial need for the SliceCase arose for ourselves. The key here is flexibility so you can change your prototype while developing it, without replacing the whole case.
- Permanent casing for small production runs. When making 'just a few' then the SliceCase is the obvious choice as you'll be able to get the casing as you want it without facing to the production cost of injection molds.
- Breadboards! Get a bunch of them and make a habit out of starting them off on a SliceCase base, and once they're done then you simply put up the walls around it. All of a sudden your projects on breadboard will look professional and it will give you the benefit of actually being able to move it around. Once in it's SliceCase it could even be handed over to your customers for testing as it's closed off.
- Education! One of the main reasons that people are afraid of exploring new ground with electronics (either on a breadboard, a Pi or an Arduino) is the fear of handling bare electronics, well now you don't have to. You can just get a prototyping platform in a closed SliceCase which you only need to plug in to get started.
- Design your custom case you want for your project through the SliceCase website. Design it yourself or provide a working sample PCB and we'll design a case around it without any additional costs.
A deeper introduction to the SliceCase system
What is the SliceCase?
The SliceCase is not 'a' product but a standardized system of producing cases. Simple thought-through pieces following a standardized system makes one solution (slice) work for many models.
The above slice is intended to provide a generic stabilized corner holding up to two vertical outer walls. It is compatible with the following slice which slots into a horizontal wall in the SliceCase for Ardunio form factor:
The whole concept of the SliceCase is to start off with the form factor that fits your project and then customize the appearance to fit your needs. You don't need to do it all at once, but you can do this as you go along.
The standard slices so far have been developed for the Ardunio form factor, which are also available for the other form factors:
Features of the SliceCase system
- All pieces can be ordered in many different clear, diffuse and solid colors individually. Which means that you could have a black box with red slides, or a white box with a gray top. It's all up to you which combinations you would like to put together.
- All screws, nuts and spacers, in both metal and nylon, are standardized using metric M3 and 2mm allen keys. We will supply many different sizes and versions, like rubber feet.
1. Flat surfaces that not only look good but that are customizable as well. Design your own top or side in our web interface. Our templates are available for you as a starting point.
2. Standard slices can be thin or thick, creating an uneven surface to hide the visually uneven surface caused by laser cutting same sized pieces.
3. Thick slides have internal indents, creating shelves that can support PCB's, see #15.
4. Bottoms are pre-made for the form factor ordered, but can be customized for your own project.
5. The top is available either closed or open, so you can have easy access to your project while working on it. You can simply put your top in place when you're finished.
6. 'Fingers' for sides can be inner, outer or both, see #10 and #16.
7. Standard form factors are delivered with a PCB support slice with nylon nuts and bolts to hold it in place.
8. The standard bottom comes with screw holes for hanging your SliceCase on a wall. This can of course be changed in any way through the customization interface.
9. The standard bottom comes with the most common holes pre-made for you to be able to position your PCB your way.
10. Due to the unique double wall system you can design your SliceCase to hold a extra PCB (like on #16) or a extra wall holding for example screw hole buttons. The screw hole button will then have its nut non-visible to the end user, and you would then make a smaller hole in the outer side for it to reach out.
11. Hexagon patterns are used to align the slides.
12. The hexagon M3 spacers give you the flexibility to add or remove layers. A standard 18mm hex-spacer can be used to create a minimum thickness of 6 layers (8 including top and bottom). With the standard screws you can go up to 10 layers.
If you would like more or less slices, simply replace the screws and spacers to accommodate your needs.
13. The default screws are small and discreet with a black oxidized surface.
14. The default spacer slice gives you the right distance to keep your PCB off the bottom. Certain models have cylindrical spacers all depending on how the PCB is used underneath.
15. Adding an experiment board or extra PCB is as simple as placing your thick and thin slices to create an indent on the inside. This can for example be used for holding a PCB with buttons and displays just under the top slice.
16. You can slide in a PCB standing on its side between any free inner fingers.
How far are we at this stage?
To start off we've focused on the most common development platforms.
Therefore you will see the square SliceCase for Arduino in most examples.
More platforms will be added during the Kickstarter campaign, which we will develop based on our backers feedback.
So to start with, meet SCAR, SCAM and SCPI!
(That is Slice Case for ARduino, Slice Case for Ardunio Mega, and Slice Case for raspberry PI).
As far as components go, we have initially focused on the ones we know we'll need large volumes of, those being the screws for the kits as well as the light slides.
The light slides have been developed for 2mm round LED's and for 2*5mm rectangular LED's.
We can deliver these loose or terminated with resistors for 3 or 5v and tinned cables. The terminated version is basically ready to just plug in, without soldering or other preparation.
Want to get started with an Arduino, but don't want to deal with the loose board and all the pieces that need to be put together?
Or do you simply want to sponsor the SliceCase project and get something in return that ... blinks?
Then SliceCase Blinky is the thing for you!
Blinky is an already assembled SliceCase for Arduino with a Arduino and two full color RGB LED's already connected inside of it. It comes preloaded with our Blinky sketch using our Blinky library (later available for download).
With Blinky all you need to do is to connect the supplied USB cable and Blinky is ready to be used.
The two keys to the SliceCase are that (1) all pieces can be ordered individually in the material you want and (2) the cases can be customized in terms of changing the design of the flat surfaces.
- This means that you can easily change the existing design of an existing side (like the one in the screenshot below) to your liking, like replacing the text with your own.
- You can move the existing holes in the bottom plates, or make new ones that will be cut out by the laser.
- You can use an empty template and completely design your own top, bottom or side plate.
Most rewards contain customizable items.
Tutorials will be made available once the web interface development has been completed.
The next major step is your feedback on this campaign. Your input really matters and will help us decide what to develop for you.
To make this a success we need to increase the volume and also get your input on (1) what options you'd like to see on the SliceCase system and (2) what form factors we should standardize.
Do you run or have you run a Kickstarter campaign producing naked PCB's?
Then we'd like to hear from you and see what the possibilities are for us to design you a case for your unique product - retaining your brand!
And the best of it all is, it won't cost you a dime. We just need a sample PCB and your input.
We will add new rewards as we go along for any new cases being developed during our campaign.
More rewards during the campaign
Rewards for new models will be added as we develop them during this campaign.
Project time line
We will apply a 60 day cycle to the this project with the milestones shown below. With this planning and from what we can foresee we'll be starting to ship out the SliceCases in February, with the majority completed before the months end.
Risks and challenges
The SliceCase project is a relatively low risk project for both the project owners as well as the backers. The core technology (laser cutter) has already been acquired and the core software technology has been successfully tested.
The largest step to be completed during and after the campaign is to implement the web technology. It will contain the graphical user interface for users to be able to customize their parts.
To back this up we have have a local team of web developers with the experience necessary to make this a reality.
- (30 days)