As part of our effort to continually find new ways to improve not only our product design but also the build experience, we have made 3D models of our cases available in Sketchup.
Whilst not everyone is familiar with the use of CAD software, Sketchup is easy and intuitive, with little effort required to master the basics. It supports all major platforms, including web, and the basic version is free, so it really is an excellent solution for bringing 3D modelling to the masses.
We have started by making the majority of our case products available in the Sketchup 3D Warehouse, but plan to make more items available such as our accessories and of course items that we get requests for. Our collection of 3D models can be found here – 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/by/streacom
The models are all built to scale and are millimetre accurate, so they can be used to confidently test fit components and whilst some elements have been simplified (to reduce file size and improve render performance), the models are accurate enough to fully understanding the case construction prior to purchase. In some cases, layers can be enabled/disabled to show different model configurations such as optical version and alternative heat pipe kits.
We hope that other component manufacturers will join us in making accurate 3D models available to everyone and in doing so help take the guesswork out of planning and building your next system.