Google Sketchup’s default shading model is far from fantastic, but works fine for drafting. Here, the effects of the black acrylic side panels are poorly rendered, but the effect should be like dark glass — semi-transparent, with a bit of a mirror finish.
Aluminium is used for the top, back and bottom; acrylic is used for the front and sides.
On the left, two renderings that are hopefully more pleasing to the eye: hidden-frame and X-ray renderings. Hidden-frame rendering looks the nicest in my opinion, although it does obscure some details, and shows no information about texturing or colours. The X-ray renderings are a little cluttered, but the internal components should be easily identifiable.
A quick orientation: The radiator is on top, the PSU is mounted at the bottom, flush with the back.
The motherboard is mounted on a second clear acrylic base (attached to the internal frame), and the CPU socket sits right underneath the PSU (a tight fit for anything, really). Yeah, like an SG03 layout, but more cramped.
Lastly, fan grilles and other orifices have not been modelled yet; Thus far, only the back I/O [plate and PCI slots have been cut. Tubing for watercooling is likewise incomplete, as are the CPU and GPU waterblocks.
Here, you can see the internal frame to which all components are attached. Some sections are still incomplete; I am pondering how to add a support bar to the rear assembly, which holds the PSU and peripheral cards. Still, it should be easily clear how the components are attached, even if the screws have not been modelled and rendered.
These are the components, displayed without the skin and supporting frame. The video card is not shown. (There were no pre-rendered models available, and I didn’t not have one on-hand for reference.)
The pump was placed in front due to the lack of mountable surfaces; the SSD is in front so I can possibly illuminate it for some cheesecake night shots.
The radiator assembly and the bottom intake fan actually serve to support the aluminium skins (which will be directly attached to them) as well.
The skin and frame are shown without the components. The skin is made up of 2 pieces of aluminium and acrylic each; aluminium for the top and bottom (which curve around to the back and fold in interesting ways to form it), and acrylic for the base side panel on the motherboard side, as well as the curved front+side panel.
It might be interesting to note that the base panel is attached to the internal frame only via perspex blocks (rectangular blocks, of which there are currently 4; I will need to add a few more), so as to reduce the drilling requirement and make the mirror finish more perfect.
The aluminium panel skins will be attached to the frame via flat countersunk screws, polished to match the anodised aluminium.
Details of the hinge mechanism, as well as other missing details, will follow in future updates.