We make a lot of different cases here at Corsair. Today I will show you how, with a few tools, you can make your case more personal. I am talking about engraving maybe your sidepanel or, as in this guide, the frontplate of the case. In this guide I will go through everything you need for engraving your case, how to do it and at last I will install a system in the case I will be engraving.
I chose an Obsidian Series 250D for this guide. The Obsidian series is perfect for engraving because of the aluminium frontplate.
So for starters, let’s have a look at what you will need for engraving:
- The part you are engraving (sidepanel, window, frontplate etc)
- Engraving bits
- Carbon paper
- A lot of patience
- Safety glasses
I will go through all the things you need, lets start with what I will be engraving on, the black aluminium frontplate of the Obsidian 250D.
The tool I am using is a Dremel 3000. But there are a lot other brands of rotarytools that you can use. I also have a flex shaft for my Dremel which makes it a lot easier to engrave as you are holding a smaller tool.
There are a lot of different bits available for rotarytools, Im using some of Dremels original engraving bits and also a diamond engraving bit kit.
Next thing is the carbonpaper, this is used to transfer your motif/sketch to the thing you will be engraving. Put one sheet of carbonpaper on the surface you’re working on, and then put your sketch on top of that and fill in the contours with a pen.
So lets start working. I chose the Corsair logo to engrave on the front of my Obsidian 250D.
Since there is already a small Corsair logo on the frontplate of the 250D, it would look weird to have both logos right next to each other. So I used some acetone to remove the old one.
I cut out the logo, placed a sheet of carbonpaper under it and taped it to the frontplate so it does not move while I’m filling in the contours.
When you are done filling in the contours, you can remove the paper and you will see something like this.
Next thing to do is to start up your rotarytool and start engraving the outlines. Most rotarytools have the option to use different speeds. You could try to find some spareparts that you can practice engraving on at first so you can get the feel for what speed is best to use. Remember to use safety glasses. Take it slow and carefully to get the best result.
I am using this diamond engraving bit for engraving the outlines.
After a few minutes the sails part of the logo is beginning to be recognizable. Remember to take some breaks as your hands will start to get tired from the vibration of the tool.
It’s a good idea to have your scetch/motif handy when doing the outlines because that helps if you missed anything when filling the contours with the carbonpaper.
As you see from this picture, I have finished the outlines. I installed the frontplate to the case to see if I wanted it like this or if it looks better filled in. I chose the latter.
To fill in all the areas I am using this original engraving bit from Dremel as it is perfect for filling in areas.
When filling in, I do most of the work with the bigger engraving bit from Dremel, but I leave the last bit of the outline for a smaller, more exact bit. Here it is important to do the filling in one direction as it wont look good otherwise.
Now we are finished with filling all the areas. What I did here is go back to the smaller engraving bit and started to clean up all the edges so everything looks good.
This is how the engraving turned out. Looks pretty good installed back on the 250D again.
Now lets fill this case with some nice hardware. This build will be an easier gaming PC so this is the hardware I chose:
CPU: Intel Core i5 4670
Motherboard: Asrock H81M-ITX
Graphics card: MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600MHz
SSD: Corsair Force LS 240GB
Cooling: Corsair H100i
PSU: Corsair RM650
Case: Corsair Obsidian 250D
I’ll start by installing the RM650.
I chose this less-expensive motherboard because this PC will not be overclocked. Just used for simple gaming.
Im going for a black and white theme for this build so this GeForce GTX 960 from MSI fits perfectly together with our pre-sleeved cables in white.
For cooling I went with our H100i with some SP120 fans with white LEDs.
I also installed our AF140 Quiet Edition in the front and removed the 5.25” bracket so there would be more space for cable management and for air to blow through the case.
The white LED fans looks really good in this build!
Thats it! I’ll finish this guide with some pictures of the end result. If you have any questions, write a comment at the end of this article.