Description

www.firestarterfablab.com Fire Starter Fab Lab is an up and coming fablab / makerspace / hackerspace in Warner Robins, Ga.

We needed some computers to run CAD and CAM programs for our 3D printers, cnc routers, cnc mill, cnc lathe, and cnc plasma.

Some of the deciding factors behind the build where to use a small form factor, while keeping a visually attractive case. We felt that a modern dual core is plenty of power for the programs being ran. We looked to the GA-H170N-WIFI for being feature packed in a compact size. The inbuilt AC wifi and bluetooth without using the single expansion port is fantastic. 16GB of ram is pretty overkill for the usage these machines should see, but I've never once wished I bought less ram in the past. The decision to go with only a smaller ssd for storage was with the prioritization of quick booting and application usage over massive storage. The machines aren't intended to store tons of data, they are intended to run a handful of core programs and to do that exceptionally. All of this at a value price!

Theses computers are currently being used and we couldn't be more pleased by the performance.

The value here really is amazing, with the low cost we will be adding more to our arsenal in the future!

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Man this is sweet! hope you show us them in action soon!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! What do you want to see?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe some of them doing work for your 3D printers? I think that would be really sweet and be something totally original on here since multiple CAD and CAM computer setups seem to be lacking that. Maybe you'll even get a feature! Also I love that case, it's simple and very space efficient for its price!

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

Gotcha, I'll work on grabbing some "in action" pics, and thanks we love the cases as well!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, basic machines with well-chosen parts and no pretentions of anything. I approve.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Wish you guys the best!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

nice itx builds:)/

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I can't wait to build some more!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice to see a maker lab that is coming to Georgia, and near where i live. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I was very excited!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck for your company!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I'm just a guy that likes to make things giving a hand where I can, but I hope the company does well too!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice mini itx build. You're PSU and the rest of the parts are great!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, the PSU was selected because Seasonic!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

SeaSonic master race

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No dedicated GPU? If someone rendered in the lab it might take a bit.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently the main CAD/CAM software we use is Autodesk's Fusion 360. To my understanding it does not support GPU accelerated rendering at this time. In the future it may be an option and at that point we will consider dedicated GPUs.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I was not aware that you were using that software. As someone who usually games and compiles/renders programs a dedicated GPU is a personal must have. As a result I am very hesitant with integrated graphics builds. Good luck with the lab!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nicely done. Do you have any intake fans or are you passively cooling it?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The case included one 120mm fan in the front.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why? These aren't gaming machines, and the programs being run are apparently not very GPU intensive.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Normally I'd agree, but the description implies that performance is adequate. That being said, I do imagine that a GPU would help.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The CAD/CAM we use runs great on a 2013 macbook air and the new systems are much better. We aren't modeling a catepillar bulldozer with thousands and thousands of parts.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. Thanks.