To counter the current Borg incursion into PC constructing, YouTuber TimeTravelingTech (aka James) has designed and constructed his personal Starfleet themed rig. We’re unsure how properly matched one shuttle is in opposition to a Borg dice although. That stated, the construct is gorgeous. So lets take it for a take a look at flight.
James isn’t any stranger, having created a sequence of 3D printable circumstances for the Raspberry Pi. These embody a quite helpful print-in-place, folding Raspberry Pi case. Additionally, a Raspberry Pi case modelled on the Ghostbusters hearth station. For James’ newest undertaking, timed to coincide with the discharge of Star Trek: Picard Season 3 we see him construct a shuttle PC. Not the Shuttle model, a Star Trek shuttle.
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The case itself is modelled on a Kind 6 shuttlecraft, generally used from season 5 of Star Trek: The Subsequent Era (Season 5, episode 2 “Darmok” and likewise reused in Star Trek V: The Remaining Frontier). However this is not an off-the-shelf case, James spent appreciable time designing the case in AutoDesk Fusion 360, then printing the numerous items on one of many greatest 3D printers, a Prusa MK3S+. Taking a look at a screengrab from the video, we are able to see that James favored PETG over PLA, we simply hope that he used the Greatest 3D filament. The selection is easy. PETG is a a lot stronger materials than PLA and it’ll final for a very long time. That stated, PETG is more durable to print, requiring the new finish to be at round 240 levels Celsius, and the mattress at roughly 90°C.
Sufficient geeking out at Star Trek and 3D printing. Contained in the shuttle is a PC with a spec from 2014. On the coronary heart is an i5 4460, 16GB of DDR3, 512GB SSD and an Nvidia GT650 GPU. As James says within the video, that is only a take a look at. If all of it goes properly a a lot larger spec machine will take its place. The PC is housed on a 3D printed tray, enabling your complete unit to be slid out and in of the case. Should you want entry to USB ports, there are some hidden within the warp engines (within the Bussard Collector’s on the entrance of the nacelle). Protecting the PC cool is a plethora of Noctua followers. We noticed an NF-A8 (80mm PWM fan) and two NF-A4x10 (40 x 10mm FLX fan). Airflow for the followers is by way of cleverly 3D printed cockpit home windows and intakes on the facet of the shuttle, they give the impression of being completely “in-universe”. Simply behind the cockpit are two gray greebles which cover the ability and reset buttons.
The nacelles home a strip of excessive density (“there are FOUR LIGHTS” per inch) NeoPixels, that are managed by way of an Wemos D1 Mini (an ESP8266 primarily based board) and by way of some intelligent software program, James is ready to management the LEDs by way of an outdated Home windows pill. We have used the Wemos D1 Mini and NeoPixels with WLED to create mild reveals through the vacation season.
James then completes the construct with an LCARS themed keyboard, a Nineties phaser mouse, Galaxy class Grasp Methods Show and a System 47 screensaver.
The construct course of and closing product are very good and a credit score to James’ Star Trek fandom and maker ethic.