The modern world of computer design may be moving a bit too far into acrylic. Although acrylic offers an easy way to create sleek, unique designs with molds and can be lightweight, there's still a need for strong, durable chassis made out of metal. If you have a lot of hardware that you need to put into a custom server or if you'd like to customize your system for durability, consider a few ways that a metal fabricator team can make the changes you need.
Ruggedized Computers Can Take A Hit
If your computer needs to be durable, resistant to the elements and still usable, the term you're looking for is rugged. A ruggedized machine employs not only strong metals and durable design, but rubber insertions in key areas to absorb shock. Depending on the purpose of your rugged design, you may need less rubber and more formed metal.
One thing is certain: flimsy, plastic computer cases have no business in rough work centers. If you need a computer near an engineering space with a boiler or a furnace, you don't want the side to melt off, fall over when someone walks by with heavy tools or crumble away from corrosive materials.
A metal fabrication team can use the model number of your computer to research the case being used and can design a new, fully-metal case with that information. It'll probably be heavier, but it can take being knocked around better than plastic and may not need to be protected as carefully.
Server computers can be designed in similar ways, but give the fabricator team time to research the right way to cool off the machine. Exhaust ducts can be cut into certain places in order to move heat away from the system instead of being absorbed and transferred by the metal case. It's hard work, but with enough preparation, it can be done.
Precision Docks And Modules
In addition to a strong case, the parts inside need to be well-protected as well.
Many components such as the hard drives are held in place by an aluminum drive bay. A screw can be tightened into a horizontal slot that allows technicians to adjust how far forward or back the drive can be mounted. If you're placing the computer into an area with a lot of movement--such as a ship or a large vehicle--you'll need a better way to secure your parts.
Metal fabricators can create removable cages that can hold the parts in place while still allowing easy swapping. Place the hard drive, disk drive or other mountable device inside the case, then latch it in place as needed. The computer will be larger because of the extra security, but your parts will be better protected against coming loose during rocky situations.
Contact a metal fabrication team to discuss rugged upgrades, replacement and other ideas that can reinforce your computer systems.