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After shopping the CAD file around to various rapid prototyping companies it became clear that we weren't going to get a full SLA model made for under $1,500. Since we only needed a proof of concept to see if the ports locking concept even work, I cut the model in two and got the cost down to something more reasonable.
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And here is the result! I bolted some legs on the bottom to simulate the height of the unit. It's ugly, but it does the job. Amazingly, every connection fits perfectly, which means that I nailed every measurement... that never happens. On initial testing, the computer boots up and runs just fine, none the wiser that it's sitting on its end. The docking and undocking action is very smooth, as well. I'll hold off on the full assessment until we've done some real testing of computer performance.