M3A2 Beta - Aluminum Mini ITX Case

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A mini ITX machined aluminum PC case for enthusiasts. Designed to be customizable to fit your needs.
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Curt Adkins
Technology
Aurora, Indiana
United States
1 Team Member

Who is M3 Cases?

M3 Cases is a small business I run out of my home shop making custom aluminum small form factor (SFF) computer cases. Inspired by the [H]ard|Forum community, M3 is for enthusiasts by an enthusiast.

What is M3A2?

As a PC gamer and case mod enthusiast, I have always appreciated a compact purpose built computer case. Problem is, very few exist that are exactly what you want. So, I have taken some of my ideas and added feedback from the PC enthusiast community to create the M3A2, a slim mini ITX case designed specifically for powerhouse hardware and those lengthy graphics cards we all love.

The case is machined entirely out of aluminum. The front, rear and sides are a solid 4mm thick extrusion. The top and bottom panels are 3mm plates. The PCI mounting bracket and case stand are machined from 6mm aluminum bar stock. It's a solid beast.

Finished off in a subdued textured black powder coat, the M3A2 has a very understated minimalistic appearance, but still has the mean performance look.

Configure the front panel to your needs. You can opt for a ultra-clean look with nothing but a pin-hole power LED, or go for complete functionality with USB3.0, slot-load optical and Bulgin-style LED ring power button.

M3A2; the only customizable machined aluminum mini ITX enthusiast case...

M3A2 Technical Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 328mm x 308mm x 90mm, 9.1 Liters
  • Material: 100% aluminum, 6mm stand and PCI bracket, 4mm side panels, 3mm top/bottom panels, 1.6mm drive brackets
  • Finish: Textured black powder coat (Options: Natural brushed aluminum or other)
  • Motherboard: Mini ITX
  • CPU Cooler: 68mm max. height
  • Graphics: 11.8" graphics cards
  • Power Supply: SFX
  • Storage: 4 x 2.5" mounts or 2 x 2.5" mounts + 1 x 3.5" mounts (depending on your configuration)
  • Optical: 1 x slot-load optical (Options: tray-load optical or no optical)
  • Front Panel: 2 x USB3.0 (Options: USB3.0/HD Audio or no front panel I/O)
  • Other Options:
    • Infrared receiver (internal USB, Intel CIR or AsRock CIR)
    • Rack mount attachments
    • Hidden power button (rear mounted w/ front pane pin-hole LED)
    • Custom engraved graphics (i.e. company logo, artwork, etc.) 

    *Specifications are subject to change as the project progresses.

 

Why is this important?

I want to bring a case to the community that is designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and offer a product that meets the demands of gamers and their hardware, all while allowing users to put a personal touch on their case.

What can you do to help?

Please, make a donation and spread the word about this project. I need your support to make this happen and every little bit can go a long way to help if we band together! Share the link to this campaign!

How will the donations be used?

The money you graciously contribute will go towards CNC equipment, tooling and development and testing of the M3A2 Beta cases. The CNC mill/router, tooling and materials required to make these cases are not cheap, so every little bit helps make this happen.

What does the future hold after this campaign?

My hope is for this M3A2 concept to lead to more designs to fit a broader range of hardware and applications. Already in the works is a miniature version of the M3A2 design for single slot low profile cards, perfect for mini gaming systems or home theater PCs. And the design can easily be expanded to accomodate mATX and ATX motherboards for added versatility!

What do you get for contributing?

Above all else, no matter what you give, I give you my heart felt thanks for your interest and contribution into this project. It would not be possible without you. A special thanks page will be created on the M3cases.com website to pay tribute to those who made it all possible.

For those of you who felt inspired to give $20, along with the special thanks, you will be placed on the priority list for the next run of M3A2 cases. And if you so choose to order an M3A2 case, you will receive $20 off your purchase!

And if you felt it in your heart to graciously give $250 or more, you will be the recipient of one of eight of the M3A3 Beta cases. Along with one of the limited run beta models you will be afforded extra personal touches on your case per your request (i.e. name engraving, logos, themes, etc.)

 

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    For teaming up and making such a great contribution to this campaign, you will be the proud recipient of your own M3A2 Beta case. One of only eight being made available. Each case will be personalized for you with a special touch for your generous gift.

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