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Build Your Own Lego Computer Case

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the time-on-your-hands dept.

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PuppiesOnAcid writes "Here is what comes about when you cross a case modder and an AFOL (Adult Fan of Legos). It would be interesting to see how he got everything mounted in there since there don't appear to be any screw holes." Not just a Lego shell around a case, he's used the Legos to support everything. Impressive.

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fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294667)

fp WashU rules, Berkeley drools!!!!!

Been done before (4, Informative)

jthorpe (545911) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294669)

This has been done before: http://mini-itx.com/projects/legobox/

Re:Been done before (4, Insightful)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294693)

A little difference. That mini-itx one is just a lego box with the parts piled up inside and the back wall doesn't even exist.

This is a higher quality production by far. A two year old could make the one at mini-itx.com.

Re:Been done before (3, Interesting)

DeathAndTaxes (752424) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294804)

Is it just me or has building weird things out of Legos become about as original as posting half-eaten food on eBay?

Anyway, here's another one that I built 3 years ago. Someone said it'd be a hassle taking this to LANs, but I took mine to about 30 LANs. It was stable, self-supportive, and didn't require anything but gravity to hold itself nice and tight. I took it apart a few months ago. It had become a bit passe already.

http://kahn.caglan.net/~dan/images/gallery/LegoC as e

Re:Been done before (1)

thatnerdguy (551590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294920)

I guess he had a few more pieces than you, ie enough to make pretty patterns and such.
You need sunglasses for yours!
Now if only I had money, room and an understanding girlfriend I would try this.

Gamer (2, Funny)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294670)

Im glad he isnt a gamer, because it would be a bitch taking it to lan parties.

Re:Gamer (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294710)

<grammer nazi>

Did you lose your ' key?

</grammer nazi>

Re:Gamer (1, Funny)

heptapod (243146) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294818)

You know it'd help if you used the correct spelling for grammar.

Re:Gamer (4, Insightful)

Schemat1c (464768) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294889)

You know it'd help if you used the correct spelling for grammar.

I just love how the grammar/spelling nazis almost always make mistakes in their corrective posts and are usually ACs.

Re:Gamer (3, Funny)

bulkmailforyou (847513) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294758)

He could use mindstorms to make it take him to the lan party.

At Work After Hours? (0)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294671)

Is it just me or do those pictures look like they were all taken at work after hours? Lights are a little low, but there's definitely some cube walls in the background.

Those are pretty damn impressive though.

Re:At Work After Hours? (1)

Grahf666 (118413) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294972)

I noticed that too, there's a whole rack of computers in the background of this pic: http://members.cox.net/richw/3lego6.jpg

mini-itx (0, Redundant)

jnguy (683993) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294673)

Nothing new, All the good stuff is at www.mini-itx.com

Re:mini-itx (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294740)

So what everything you do has been done before. Does that stop you from doing it?

Your mom sure has been done before. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294792)

Wouldn't fuck her with a rented dick.

Cliche, but still inventive (1)

holymoo (660095) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294675)

I've seen a variety of these types of cases, but this is the first one that I've seen that didn't require drilling.

Build your own lego computer case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294678)

Next: Build Your Own Server, Out of Lego.

Re:Build your own lego computer case (2, Funny)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294743)

Or a beowulf cluster out of lego.

Re:Build your own lego computer case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294933)

Or a beowulf cluster out of lego.

I've got a great big bin of lego, does that count?

Re:Build your own lego computer case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294968)

Only if you have more than two of them and they have a fast link with which to share pieces.

My Lego Computer (4, Interesting)

dicepackage (526497) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294681)

I also built a computer case made out of Legos. It isn't as nice as the one shown but I thought I would share it with the rest of Slashdot. You can view some pictures on my website at http://home.comcast.net/%7Esessions9/lego.html.

Re:My Lego Computer - link (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294755)

MEMEME (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294686)

I want to have sex with it and ejaculate all over it

I built a Lego Fleshlight (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294733)

mmm...pointy.

Great prototyping material (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294698)

I love it. It seems silly at first, but Lego makes a great material for prototyping case designs.

A case made out of machined metal and plastic is better, but you can't move things around easily.

Google (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294700)

I know Google's server had a case made from legos
once upon a time. [archive.org] (Scroll down.)


Not nearly as artistic as these, though.

Re:Google (1)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294927)

That's a Duplo Disk Expansion Box.

Cute (2, Insightful)

FiReaNGeL (312636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294702)

Cute, but with no sliding panel, I'm sure doing any maintenance (switching HDs, cleaning, etc) must be close to hell.

Case-modders. Funny people.

Re:Cute (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294729)

Well, one of them has hinges. I think that helps matters considerably.

Re:Cute (1)

LuSiDe (755770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294745)

That's what i were thinking. You would think that they'd actually make their case more versatile than the standard cases. Perhaps they don't have to do much maintenance. I've seen lego casemods earlier and i'm not easily impressed with such things. Neither with this one. If it would have something special, like making a very easy maintainable server then i'd be interested or impressed.

Anyway, this one was funny: http://members.cox.net/richw/4-2.jpg is it just me or does it say SCO?

Where do you get this much lego? (4, Interesting)

bulkmailforyou (847513) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294708)

After seeing all these projects done with legos, I wonder how you can obtain this much lego. Stores do not seem to sell much more than kits, or very simple buckets with varieties of pieces. Where can you get a ton of just plain bricks?

Re:Where do you get this much lego? (1)

jaywarrietto (720662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294724)

you used to be able to get it from thier magazine/catalog thing.. I don't know uif you still can or not, though, that was 6-7 years ago...

Re:Where do you get this much lego? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294732)

Where can you get a ton of just plain bricks?
From one's childhood, they just build up over time.

Lego Store! (4, Informative)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294799)

The one near my house has a back wall full of buckets with bricks sorted by type and color. If you want a big pile of roof tiles, purple bricks, hinges, glass block, whatever, you can get it. They don't always have everything out, and the selection changes, but it's a great way to stock up on bricks.

You can also get the big blue tub which has a bunch of plain bricks.

Re:Where do you get this much lego? (4, Informative)

WMD_88 (843388) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294807)

The Lego Company offers them. Write for a catalog, they have a section for just bricks (most of the time).

Re:Where do you get this much lego? (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294809)

Holy dang it took me like two seconds to find out! (4, Informative)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294815)

yep [lego.com]

Re:Where do you get this much lego? (2, Informative)

RobertTaylor (444958) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294823)

Try Brick Link .com [bricklink.com]

From the blurb... buy and sell new, used and vintage LEGO® through fixed price and auction services. :)

Re:Where do you get this much lego? (1)

Mycroft_VIII (572950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294855)

You can order them in bulk, directly from the maker of Lego (Matel?).
Try www.lego.com or shop.lego.com IIRC.

Mycroft

Skilln' or just plain illn'? (1)

Mulletproof (513805) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294719)

Aside from just being plain ass-ugly (I like how he added the blue light.. Kinda like a NuSpeed sticker on a Pinto), it's pretty nifty. Or something.

Just wait... (1)

Stephonovich (601356) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294722)

Wonder how long this'll take to get destroyed. The server or the case, actually. Either way, it'll be entertaining.

Legos: a closed, proprietary system (5, Funny)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294728)

It may seem like you can build and do everything you want with Legos, but you're really locked into what their fat cat corporate greed team says you can do. What the world needs is a good, peer-reviewed, open-ended, modular plastic building block system that everyone can have for free. That would totally rule.

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (1)

bulkmailforyou (847513) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294783)

Hmmm.. I assume leogs are patented, when does it expire? I dont ever remember seeing anytone try to knock off legos. Besides, even if it is open-ended, someone still has to manufacture it.

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (4, Informative)

Mr. Shiny And New (525071) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294882)

the patent expired a long time ago, and there are several knock-off brands, including Megablocks (their chief competitor) and something from Hasbro I think. There are about 5 clone brands that I know of, but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

Anyway, many people are Lego purists, and refust to use clone brands. My experience with them is that the quality isn't as good. But they are about half the price sometimes.

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (2, Informative)

Trogre (513942) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294899)

Torro is one such example. A further-removed variant is Meccano.

The grandfather poster doesn't know how right he is though - Lego does have a virtual monopoly, and they charge like a wounded bull for the privelege of buying anything bearing their trademark.

And with many of the newer sets you are locked into building what they want you to - the blocks are becoming less generic and therefore less useful for anything other than what's photographed on the box.

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (1)

LiquidRaptor (125282) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294902)

Actully it's expired, and theres lots of knockoffs, just walk into a toystore lately. Most of the knockoffs focus on military though, which is somthing Lego has refused to do.

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (3, Informative)

shoolz (752000) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294793)

Your comment should be funny, but somehow isn't. The point of LEGO building is doing things within a set of tight rules and achieving things nobody would think possible. Think LEGO grandfather clock [ericharshbarger.org] .

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294841)

Your comment should be funny, but somehow isn't.

Well, I supposed I was being more snarky than anything else. It was just an indirect dig at so much of the other commentary I see here on slashdot - you know, the notion that companies making money off of something that they've defined on their own and sold is somehow wrong. Rant, rant, rant. Wasn't really looking for big yuks, of course. And you're totally right about human ingenuity in working withing a seemingly hard set of rules... it's like finding a way to get your articles accepted on slashdot, right? Only the truly creative can pull it off!

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (1)

shoolz (752000) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294897)

After reading it again, it IS funny and I can see your point. Sometimes the analytical thinker in me just takes over. Ok, group hug... er... I mean... firm handshakes all around!

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (1)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294932)

And a warm handshake it is, indeed.

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (1)

Heftklammerdosierer! (846009) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294803)

"Fight the Lego monopoly: build sand castles."

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294901)


I prefer hot cheesy grits.

Re:Legos: a closed, proprietary system (1)

supremebob (574732) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294864)

Believe it or not, Lego blocks were kind of an "open standard" once upon a time. You could buy generic blocks from companies like Tyco toys that were compatible with Legos, which made it easy to build big projects cheaply.

I have no idea what happened to those Tyco blocks, I had a blast with them when I was a kid. Their little spacemen weren't as cool as the Lego spacemen, but it made for a better variety in parts.

More impressive is the server... (1)

thebes (663586) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294739)

All those pictures and the webserver is still going strong. I think that is more impressive than the case itself.

Re:More impressive is the server... (1)

Entropy_ajb (227170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294784)

ISPs tend to have pretty good webservers.....

Re:More impressive is the server... (1)

WMD_88 (843388) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294829)

I wonder if Cox has bandwidth limits. He'll be over his for sure. :)

Re:More impressive is the server... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294952)

Webspace bandwidth is limited to 300MB per month.

Take a look at the shape of a Lego (1)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294750)

The amount of structural support built into a Lego piece is pretty astounding. Each piece has not only the outer rectangular area, but inside it also has round surfaces as well as straight surfaces. The upper surfaces also have round nubs which can double as fins to dissipate heat. Each Lego piece is a heat sink in and of itself.

Obviously they are pretty heavy and difficult to carry around to LAN parties, but a set of aluminum Lego pieces could be the answer to our desire for a quieter computer.

Re:Take a look at the shape of a Lego (1)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294895)

It looks like he used mainly 2x2 and 2x4 bricks, so these cases should be quite rigid and strong. I've built Lego models before that could survive a good drop. These probably wouldn't, but they'd be easier to fix than a real computer case.

I like the last one (the cube) the most. He at least stuck with only two colors on it. Wonder what the melting point of a Lego is?

Re:Take a look at the shape of a Lego (1)

isecore (132059) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294966)

The upper surfaces also have round nubs which can double as fins to dissipate heat. Each Lego piece is a heat sink in and of itself.

If they were made out of something like copper or aluminum I'd agree with you, but since plastic has rather worthless thermal transfer I don't think this is gonna happen.

Is it just me??? (1)

Houkster (829643) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294754)

Ok, so is it just me or does the guy on the top of the case look like he is setting on the toilet reading? Ok, maybe not but that was my first impression.

As for the case, very cool. Makes me want to go get out my Lego bucket and start building my own. That or go play with my mindstorms kit.

AFOL? (4, Funny)

One Childish N00b (780549) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294763)

Adult Fan of Lego? we've really got an acronym for this now? Seriously, what's wrong with just 'Lego fan'? Can we stop the frivolous acronyms, they're absolutely unneccessary and getting out of control.

Re:AFOL? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294787)

Adult Supporter Of Lego?

Very Interested in Reading Geek-Ideological News?

Re:AFOL? (1)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294813)

(IANAAFL) but I suppose it adds more 'slashdot' credibility to them.

Re:AFOL? (4, Funny)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294872)

This is a necessary term. The problem is that for a very long time, TLC (The Lego Corporation) did not see any market for adult products. They thought they were making toys for kids. We taught them a lesson when they sold MANY more RIS (Robotics Invention System) kits than their marketers told them that kids would buy. They would have been happy enough selling to schools. Instead, all of AFOLs bought them, and their eyes were opened.

So, AFOL.
-russ

Must try this with a dual athlon (4, Funny)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294766)

What do you suppose the melting point of lego is?

Another good one (4, Informative)

RobertTaylor (444958) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294773)

Another Lego Computer! [rr.com]

A much better (IMHO) legoputer as its not just using bricks, but has windows and doors to control cooling!

Re:Another good one (1)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294878)

Dude. That is the bomb. I love it. I freakin' love it. Thanks for the link!

Is it that hard? (1)

Zevets (728720) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294774)

I have built computers where it is a motherboard running with stuff sticking out of it? All he did was put some shelfs on there for the drive bays with holes at the front, and holes for the fans. Give me time and legos and I could do that too.

Re:Is it that hard? (4, Insightful)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294915)

Give me time and legos and I could do that too.

Ah, but this guy was enough of freak to actually take the time and do it. That's a special sort of nerd, right there.

"Impressive." (2, Insightful)

veg_all (22581) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294786)

Impressively hideous. Stay tuned for my working lego toilet.

Re:"Impressive." (3, Funny)

bulkmailforyou (847513) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294879)

As impressive as the toilet would be, I would not want to be around when it collapses.

MIRRORDOT LINK (0)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294812)

Slashdot alert: This page has HEAVY graphics. You better use the Mirrordot link [mirrordot.org] .

MOD PARENT DOWN MOD THIS UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294835)

burn the whores karma....

Try A Non Karma Whored link to MirrorDots Archive [mirrordot.org]

Re:MIRRORDOT LINK (1)

MattJakel (815179) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294923)

Actually, the server appears to be holding up very well. When I first clicked on it, I was just waiting for a "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded" message to come up... Perhaps Cox will just bill the hell out of this guy...

I like (1)

XxXoldsaltXxX (829366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294834)

I like the idea of the little door and window on the side.

Mindstorms (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294845)

Are any integrated with mindstorms ?

What would really be impressive.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294851)

is if somebody used Lego to build a laptop case.

I was gonna... (1)

Doolspin (844298) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294853)

I was gonna build one of these a few years back, but bulk lego are expensive.

This guy doesn't have enough lego bricks (1)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294856)

If this guy had enough Lego(tm) bricks, then he would have been able to do the entire thing in reasonable colors.
-russ

Wife Lego (1)

tayhimself (791184) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294861)

Interesting to see the systems relegated to the garage/basement....

Adult Fan of Lego? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294875)


Now there's an oxymoron for ya!

plural of lego (2, Insightful)

unfunk (804468) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294876)

Seeing as Lego is a brand name, then shouldn't the individual pieces be called "Lego Bricks" or "Lego Pieces" rather than "Legos"?

cu8 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294883)

on3s jin software

Soo all I have to do... (1)

ZSpade (812879) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294885)

To get on the top nerd news site in world is to build some kind of rediculous case?

Looks like I might even get by with a lego case since two have already...

One Word... (1)

JudgeFurious (455868) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294896)

...Again?

Mounting? (1)

kaedemichi255 (834073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294907)

How are the various disks, boards, power supplies, etc. mounted? It seems like he could've just built some custom size holes to prevent the components from sliding around, but there's no real mounting mechanism such as screws.

Thats tight. (1)

MrArmyAnt (847547) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294928)

I havbe seen lego cases before, but thats neat. I wonder if he needs a host :)

Looks like it was built by a 3 year old (0, Troll)

mark-t (151149) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294930)

Seriously... even my kids can build something with saner color coordination than that. It's hideous, and quite frankly, that really deflates the nerd factor that it otherwise may have had.

Times have changed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294934)

This ain't nothing. I made my first computer case with Duplos.

Sad Wave (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294937)

I know this is a little off topic, but how morbidly appropriate is this: http://www.nathanbrickartist.com/gallery/globe3.jp g [nathanbrickartist.com] ?

Like the concept... (1)

slashdot_commentator (444053) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294959)

...but the execution sucks. Has to be the ugliest color schemes I've seen for a case. A classic lego case would have the case resembling something other than a computer case, say a house, or a hospital building. I probably couldn't tolerate legos as computer casing. I don't see any metal plating to screen out RF generated by the computer components.

Big deal (1)

mg2 (823681) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294960)

Yeah yeah, he built a case out of legos. A big box with holes in it is kinda anti-climactic.

Now, if he'd used 6-micron legos to build a processor....

jesus christ that thing is ugly (3, Funny)

victorvodka (597971) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294965)

I hand it to the guy for doing what he did, but it's been awhile since I've seen something so aesthetically unappealing. I wonder what the queer eyes for the straight guy would have to say about this geek monstrosity.

What about heat? (1)

Neonemesis (847558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294976)

After looking at the pictures I noticed that you only had about one fan for each unit. Doesn't the heat make it a problem? I mean, these legos ARE made out of plastic?

I WANT A PARTS LIST (2, Funny)

multiplexo (27356) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294981)

I want a parts list!

Coralized link for this... (3, Informative)

Announcer (816755) | more than 9 years ago | (#11294983)

http://members.cox.net.nyud.net:8090/richw/lego.ht m [nyud.net]

For use when his server melts down, or the bandwitch cop pulls his plug.

Note to fellow Slashdotters... why don't you coralize this stuff right away, *before* the site goes down? I've tried many times to coralize a site, only to see that Coral couldn't retireve it.

Back on topic: This sure blows away any of the stuff I did with Lego bricks when I was a kid! I even tried making an "aquarium",once, but it REALLY leaked. ;) The speaker box was a little more successful, tho... after the Legos dried-out, of course.

OT: Take these things please! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294986)

get out of your mother's house (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11294991)

I will admit this is pretty cool for a case mod and I have alot of respect for his talent. Here are a couple things that I can account for the time needed to do this:
  1. Lives with mother (Seymore! Are you looking at naked women on the computer? No Mother! Sissy!)
  2. Has no significant other to take time from
  3. If they made flesh (Caucasion for the PC thugs) pieces and made a lego female, you would never see him again.
  4. Reads slashdot multiple times a day
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