Kimera Industres Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Cerberus

Kimera Industres Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Cerberus

KIMERA INDUSTRIES LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR CERBERUS: THE 18L, microATX, US-MADE ENCLOSURE

BOSTON, MA — Kimera Industries (KI) today announced the highly-anticipated crowdfunding campaign for Cerberus, through which the company will finance production of the SFF computer enclosure through individual pledges made by backers.

“We’re thrilled to launch our Kickstarter campaign for production of Cerberus, and begin the journey of getting our work into the hands of the PC community” said James Schell, co-founder and technical lead for Kimera Industries...

Introducing Cerberus

Introducing Cerberus

We are so excited, and so incredibly proud, to be able to introduce Project Nova's final form: a product that's the result of nearly two years of work, three generations of prototypes, hundreds of thermal and performance tests, and ongoing community discussion throughout. When James and I first began to work together, I don't know that either of us knew where Project Nova would ultimately take us - and yet, as we look at the final version of our project, everything about it seems completely logical, and beautifully inevitable...

Kimera Industries announces crowdfunding campaign for Cerberus

Kimera Industries announces crowdfunding campaign for Cerberus

KIMERA INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR CERBERUS, AN 18L SFF mATX COMPUTER CASE MADE IN THE UNITED STATES

BOSTON, MA — Kimera Industries, a US-based startup, today announced Cerberus: a small form factor (SFF) microATX computer enclosure that brings unrivaled space efficiency, 100% metal construction, enthusiast-grade component support, and premium US-manufactured build quality to the mATX market.

At just 18.2L, Cerberus is smaller than nearly all mATX (and many mITX) cases in industry today, yet supports flagship graphics and high-end PC components, making it a potent enclosure for hardware enthusiasts that want a compact and portable computer without compromises on performance.

Project Nova: Declassified 2.11.16

Project Nova: Declassified 2.11.16

The wait is almost over, and our labor is about to exit the shadows for the first time.

Follow us on SFF Forum starting February 11th as we announce the final details of Project Nova, including the new name, unannounced features, and official launch date of the crowdfunding campaign in support of Project Nova's production.

Project Nova Progress Update #3: The finish line is in sight...

Project Nova Progress Update #3: The finish line is in sight...

If you've only been monitoring our blog, you've probably wondered why we've been so quiet lately - but if you've also been following our updates on SFF Forum, you'll know that we've been in a perpetual crunch as we've finished off design changesworked through manufacturing challenges, and selected a fabricator for our upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

With all of these things out of the way, we're now in the process of completing one of the final steps before we can make some big announcements, and jump into crowdfunding: namely, the creation of the design verification prototypes! These units, straight off of the manufacturing line, will be the first physical incarnations of Nova's final form, and will essentially reflect what the shipping versions of Nova will look like...

Getting Down to Business: Creating Kimera Industries

Getting Down to Business: Creating Kimera Industries

Although Nova has captured almost all of the collective attention surrounding our work, the second "new thing" we announced all the way back in January was Kimera Industries - the company that will actually see Nova through to production and beyond.

Now, admittedly, this was a bit of a boring announcement to share alongside the computer case we've been working on, but that very much belies its importance. In fact, one of the reasons James and I partnered up was because of my own education and experience in business management, since we knew that a formal business entity would be absolutely necessary if we were to work with metal fabricators, electronics manufacturers, fulfillment centers, and so forth...

Project Nova Progress Update #2: But wait, there's more!

Project Nova Progress Update #2: But wait, there's more!

As we look to conclude final changes to Nova's design, and as James continues to incorporate those last modifications into the digital models of the case, I figured that it was about time for another quick update on the state of the project, for those who might not be aware of everything that's gone on.

In the background, we've been working on a ton of stuff, from some web development and authoring, to business and other legal matters, to conversations with various manufacturers. And, soon enough, we'll have all sorts of news and updates to that end - we're very excited to be ever-closer to both the crowdfunding campaign, and the production run...

Project Nova Progress Update: Design changes!

Project Nova Progress Update: Design changes!

Although it's certainly been a while since the last blog post (in mid-February! Time sure does fly by quickly...), we've been hard at work exploring and testing various design changes to Nova, with much of this progress transpiring in forum threads on HardForumOCNLinusTechTips, and SFF Forum. That said, it can be difficult to get a sense of everything we've been doing when reading these threads retrospectively - so I wanted to write up a simple summary of the kinds of modifications to the prototype we've been investigating, as we march towards a final design.

Project Nova hits the bench: Thermal analysis

Project Nova hits the bench: Thermal analysis

After receiving the prototype, one of the things we were most excited to start working on was a robust analysis of Nova's thermal performance. After all, now that we had the physical case and a bunch of computer hardware at our disposal, we could finally and definitively discover how well various hardware configurations would perform - as well as how certain arrangements of fans could influence component temperatures. That, in turn, would speak volumes about what Nova is capable of supporting, and could even inspire some design changes that would offer further improvements...

The prototype arrives! A first look at Nova-00

The prototype arrives! A first look at Nova-00

It was only yesterday that we received the prototype from Protocase, but we've already been all over the thing, from inspecting the parts, to testing component fit, and (of course) generally just drooling over it.

Anyway, while James is busy going through a barrage of tests for the prototype, I wanted to share some of the first photos he snapped of the case, both with and without the test configuration installed...