Alright so first up you'll notice the parts are all a little dated here, this rig I finished a couple years back so things were considerably more relevant back then haha.
This particular rig was a commissioned piece I designed and built for AMD to show off the R9 Nano when it was released. They were actually very open as to what they wanted, so I interpreted that as a tiny, air-cooled rig that could be easily taken to LANs and whatnot. At the time they were still on FX processors, hence the curious move to use Intel products in an AMD sponsored rig. I was worried at first but they said it only made sense, so I went that route.
This was a really tricky build for me as back then I was considerably less well versed in CAD, so designing such an organic shape with voronoi windows and whatnot was a real challenge. The exterior chassis was 3D printed in SLS nylon, so it's incredibly durable. The interior is formed from a 20mm slab of acetal that was CNC machined by Parvum Systems, as back then I didn't have my own CNC router yet.
The shape itself is inspired from the interior of bird bones and beaks, hence the name Aetos from the Greek for eagle. Pretentious names aside I just really like these organic shapes and they're seldom used in mods, so it seemed like an awesome opportunity to try something new. The back side is entirely cut by hand using just drills and files, it took forever to get all the holes to line up just right for the clean look I was after. Naturally there's no RGB in this build as it largely predates the trend, it really doesn't need it though. As with all my rigs, the cabling is all made from scratch, this time mostly because the rig is so small that fitting even standard cables simply isn't possible.
The best bit for me is that this rig is still in daily use, both as a regular driver and for LAN events. That said it would be pretty cool to have a go at making a version 2 now that I have the ability to do all the production in-house.