Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through building a Lego computer, I gain hours and hours basement of sitting in a basement (lol)
Welcome to the Lego computer build instructable! Through this tutorial I'll show you the general method for how to build a computer case of any style out of Legos! To help with the instructions I'm going to use a Star Wars Imperial themed case that I put together. The end goal should be to make a case EXACTLY how you want it though (i.e. custom colors, theme, exterior and interior shape, etc.) so you can accommodate whatever computer parts you want to use and whatever style you like.
This is a rather *big* instructable so I've broken it up into a few different sections to make it easier to follow. The sections are:
Basics of Lego Structures
Basics of Computer Building
Constructing a Computer Model and Design
How to Order Lego Parts
How to Build the Computer You Designed
Before we begin I'd like to lay out some of the pros and cons of building the case so that you have an idea of what you'll be getting out of the build.
* Price (the case may be a few thousand lego parts and this could cost around $300 dollars, so it's pretty expensive but this varies depending on your design.)
* Heat (computers get hot inside and the abs plastic of Lego bricks is not good at dissipating heat)
* Customizability (this case can be made to do pretty much whatever you want if you're willing to put in some time engineering it)
* Longevity (the case should last the rest of your life because you can add, subtract, or redesign Lego parts based on your needs)
* Awesomeness (you should be proud of your case and show it off a little because it probably looks cool and took a lot of time to make)
* Knowledge (if you didn't know much about computers when you started, you'll learn all kinds of things by the time you finish this project and don't worry, when I started I didn't know anything about how to build a computer)
I'm competing in the shopbot challenge so if you like this project don't forget to give me a vote!
Click this to check out my model designs(search the username "greenyouse" and click on the green arrow instead of hitting return. Note, I'm using an external optical disk drive for my case. You'll need Lego Digital Designer from step 5 to view them in-depth.)
Step 1: Basics of Lego Structures
First: If the wall is only one brick thick, secure gaps between adjacent bricks within rows by placing a brick over or under the gap (pictures 3,5).
Second: If the wall is thicker, make alternating rows perpendicular to one another (pictures 2,4).
Third: Use larger, plate lego pieces for points that will receive the most stress. Larger pieces will be more stable than small ones and three layers of plate pieces interlocked in a structure will be more stable than one brick (pictures 6,7).
(also check out what a brick, plate, and tile look like)
Use this site to understand the dimensions of lego pieces. This is probably the most important thing to remember while building the case so keep referring back to it until you memorize the dimensions!