As some of you might know, I currently work at Gatsometer, they design and produce traffic law enforcement equipment like speed cameras. A lot of people hate these speed cameras and they are often set on fire here in Holland. A few weeks ago I carried some of these burned speed cameras to the Gatso Graveyard; I came on the idea of building a computer in one of these things. Together with a colleague, we where stripping those speed cameras to bring them to some sort of steel recycle company. At the end of the day, we had a trailer filled with burned and exploded speed camera’s who were blown up during new years’ eve with fireworks and things like home-made bombs. So I asked my boss if I could have one of those burned or exploded casings, the next week he told me that those casings were not given to third parties, even if they are exploded or burned to the ground. So I asked for the drawings from those casings, and after a few weeks he told me that they didn't want to do that, just like a moderator dont likes your topic and locks it with no reason. But I can understand that. After a few weeks, I still wanted to make a computer in a speed camera. I see those things every day, not only at the company where I work, but also in my neighbourhood. And as far as I know, nobody ever build a computer in one of these things. That makes it pretty interesting to build one. And at a certain point, somewhere around Christmas, I had a nice idea: why don’t I just make pictures from a speed camera, take those proportions to AutoCAD and make a nice 3D model from a speed camera. At that way, I don’t even need to work at Gatsometer to make a nice speed camera computer case, everybody could do this. So the next day I jumped on my bike to a local speed camera – which is about 200 meters from my house. I took a lot of pictures, worked it out in AutoCAD and there it was, a good drawing to make a computer case. This is the local speed camera I’m going to make; this is one that works with radar. After a few hours in AutoCAD, I make this 3D drawing: The modern speed camera casings are made from several layers of steel. The inner case is protected by thick steel plates on the outside, to make the vandal proof factor higher. These casings can withstand a 9mm bullet from a pistol. My idea is to build a frame from 20mm square aluminium pipe. I put aluminium plates on the sides from that frame, and then the side panels which is the second skin from the casing, those shield things. I want to paint this case in a nice beige colour, just like the real speed cameras. The colour from those things is RAL7032, that’s an industrial standard colour, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find someone who can do that. And of course, I'm going to build an arm and a pole underneath the speed camera so that it can stand on its own on a LAN party or something like that. It's going to be 1.40 meter high, that’s about 4.5 foot. This case is going to be a 1:2 scale model, compared to the real speed cameras. A day after the photo shoot with the real speed camera, I bought some aluminium stuff and lots of pop rivets to build the frame for the case. After an hour of sawing the workbench looked like this: Those aluminium profiles are riveted together with some aluminium profile I cutted to 2cm. There are 8 of these spots in the whole frame, so I’ll need 24 aluminium profiles and like 96 pop rivets. Here you can see the complete frame near some cheapass computer case lying around. It's a bit wider, but it’s not a big difference. It's shouldn't be a big problem to build all the hardware in there . You might ask, is that frame a bit firm? I was wondering the same, so I tried to stand on it, and it looks like it can hold me! I weight about 90kgs (that’s about 200lbs) so it’s a pretty firm frame. So, with the frame done, it was time to order some aluminium plates. A friend of mine, mir4dor, works at a nice company where he can order big aluminium plates from 250x125cm (that’s about 100 inches long and 50 inches wide). These plates are 1.5mm (1/16th of an inch) thick, that’s thick enough for my case. He needed some drawings for the plates; he can cut, weld and bend aluminium at his work, so it was time to make a lot of drawings for him. Sunday the 8th of January was the AutoCAD day: I spend about eight hours behind my computer drawing and calculating things for mir4dor. I made a drawing of the aluminium plate, with all the lengths from the plates on it, so he could easily cut it. These are all the aluminium pieces I needed so far, only the panels for the frame, the panels for the shields on those frame-panels, and a few pieces of aluminium for a HDD bracket. About that HDD frame, I found an old drawing somewhere in my drawing-directory from a HDD bracket I once made, for 7 HDD’s. But 7 disks is a bit overkill for this casemod, and since I was working the whole day with AutoCAD I also changed this bracket to a 3-HDD-1-CD-and-one-pump-bracket. The pump on top of the drawing is an Eheim 1048 pump. The HDD’s are mounted with those Zalman HDD cooler rubbers to an aluminium plate. Those rubbers prevent the aluminium from vibrating and thus making noise. This render is just a raw sketch from how it’s going to be.