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How it all started

Shaun – We made the case with the intention of making a couple of copies so we could sell them to fund Justin’s case and maybe put some money towards the hardware. When we saw how well it came out that’s kind of when we saw we could improve it.

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The company's older, smaller CNC required a lot of manual work such as tool changing. On the right - the first ever wooden mock-up of the micro-ATX S1.0 case

Parvum's current CNC in action - click to play

Bit-tech – What are your backgrounds and how did these help get the company to where it is today?

Justin – I was into PC’s and modding beforehand so this is how it started.

Shaun – I wasn’t really into PCs to be honest. Justin even upgraded my PC for me when I was at Uni to make it better for CAD work but that’s all changed now though. I’m even addicted to PC gaming

Justin – Shaun’s experience on the drawing side of things was a massive help too so combined we kind of hit it off and started working on what is now the S2.0 micro-ATX case. We obviously put a lot of time, effort and money into everything – making a single scratch built case is one thing but mass producing it is another.

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Employee Steve gears up for a cut on a large sheet of black acrylic and right is heat strip used to create the internal bent midsection that adds strength to the case - click to enlarge

Bit-tech – So we know Shaun wasn’t massively into PCs before Parvum’s inception. What about you Justin?

Justin – I’ve been into PC’s and modding since about 14 I think when I got my first decent PC. I follow all the big project logs and even started a project of my own that got nominated for Mod of the Month http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/mod-of-the-month/2010/07/03/mod-of-the-month-june-2010/7. It was crazy – I bought a lot of super high-end gear but didn’t have the funds to finish it – we were talking about a three-way SLI rig after all.

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Once cut, the acrylic just requires a dust off. Right - Shaun is the man behind the tooling path files that are sent to the CNC and has been working on custom logos and future case designs - click to enlarge

Bit-tech – why did you start with a micro ATX case?

Justin - That first PC mod was a huge PC but I’m actually more into small form factor PCs. I hate wasted space and you can probably tell that from a lot of systems based on our cases. They’re quite compact.

Shaun – It’s also to do with machining the panels as well. A full ATX case would have required a huge amount of work swapping acrylic sheets and tools on the CNC we had at the time. Small cases were much more efficient to make as we could cut out all the required parts usually on a single piece of acrylic.

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Can you tell what it is yet? Right - the CNC cost upwards of £60,000 and both sucks the acrylic to the bench to keep it still and clears away much of the acrylic dust - click to enlarge