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Step #8 – Unboxing and fine tuning our prototype You all loved the 3d-rendered design of our new eBlocker enclosure. Now we have to verify the measurements and see how it comes together! Does the circuit board fit inside? Are all the openings for network and electric supply accurately set? Is good ventilation ensured? Is the unit sturdy enough? What does it feel like to touch? Finally, the first two prototypes have arrived. You can clearly see the modular setup with two connection plates. Still missing: The eBlocker logo and the orange accents – we´re working on it! case-8-collage DSC06022 Step #7 – Midnight printing Dig the latest 3D printing technology and Sunday night ambition? We present to you the model prototype for the preproduction stage of our amazing eBlocker enclosure. What used to be only wireframes and renders is now a tangible object. The technology that made this nifty prototype come to life is called SLS (selective laser sintering), a process, in which a laser beam creates fusion from powder resin. See here how that works! Step #6 – Smooth edge Finalizing the case renderings for the eBlocker, the team and supporters felt strongly about the smooth block design, its simplicity, the clean look promising very cool functionality and performance. Thanks to all supporters and experts to come up with such a gorgeous result!   Step #5 – Going for the block After giving our followers and supporters the chance to vote for their preferred housing, there is a tendency towards smooth coolness! Of all 4 case designs, one seems to be the favorite – the block: air vent, cable channel, unique design…all of those specs can best be implemented in the “block” design. Bildschirmfoto 2015-11-26 um 11.43.34 Step #4 – We have to decide now! Based on last weeks wireframes, Jan created photorealistic 3D-Models. Now we have 4 great designs, but each of them have pros and cons. You can choose with us: CLASSIC, SPOOL (with cable management), BLOCK or FILTER (representing the filtering of content). Bildschirmfoto 2015-11-26 um 11.44.35 Step #3 – Going into detail We are excited: These are the first 3D-Designs (wireframes) from Jan Meisner, our case designer. He is a Master graduate in product design from the famous Muthesius School of Arts. Now our main focus is to develop a unique eBlocker case that combines all wires on the back and allows the Banana Pi-board to be securely mounted inside. What´s your favorite? Bildschirmfoto 2015-11-26 um 11.45.17 Step #2 – A minimalist design approach Based on the paper prototype, our agency created a clean 3D rendering. We use this rendering on our website, on indiegogo and on Facebook. The design does not factor in the technical frameworks yet. But hey, it does look cool, right? Or does it feel too much like something from Cupertino?… Bildschirmfoto 2015-11-26 um 11.46.39 Step #1 – How to wrap a Banana Pi What does a box of Banana Pi have to do with ad- and tracking-free surfing? Our eBlocker box is based on banana pi, a single-board computer that runs several open source OS’s. We are using such a single-board computer, because it offers a host of power for the price! Fast processor, on-board memory, gigabit ethernet and so on. Moreover, the board is known to give life to lots of cool projects, so it´s sort of underdoggy. Cons: The ports are spread across all four sides which is a tad uncool. Bildschirmfoto 2015-11-26 um 11.47.08