The Liminal Build Guide SMD – (Pt. 3 of 4)


Part 3.0 – Case Assembly


3.1 | Tools and Stuff…(again…AGAIN)

  1. A Classic Tool – The Screwdriver
    • All you need for either case assembly is a T6 Torx Driver (included with kit) and/or a Philips-Head driver.


3.2 | Basic FR4 Case Assembly

This is the simple instructions for assembling the case that comes with every Liminal Kit. Its comprised of 3-Main-Parts; all made of FR4 (PCB Material).


A.) Start by taking your small bag of hardware and knolling them out into there respective parts (screws and spacers)


B.) Next grab your freshly assembled PCB & Attached Switch Plate.

Take x8 of Your Spacers and x8 of Your Screws and secure them into your switch plate as shown below:

(*All Summer 2020 Liminal Kits Ship with a T6 Hex Driver Included in the Package)

*Tighten these down nice and securely:


B.) Take your Bottom Plate PCB and line it up in the correct position and orientation.

Take Note of the USB-Cutout/RESET Through-Hole, as well as ensure the fancy Liminal Graphic is facing outward*.

(*Or face it inward if you aren’t into that kind of thing. I PROMISE I WON’T BE OFFENDED)


C.) Take another x8 Screws and secure the bottom plate into the protruding spacers you just installed.


3.3 | P3D 3D-Printed Case Assembly

The beautifully smart and classy design of the P3D Liminal Case is comprised of 2-3 Parts (Depending on Revision)

A Top Bezel and Bottom Panel are the 2 Main Case Parts. If you bought a Summer 2020 Liminal Case then you have a Revision 2.0 Case that has a different bottom plate that is split into 2 parts for ease of quality printing. The Assembly is Identical for both.

V1 Solid Bottom
V2 Split Bottom

The steps to assemble your P3D Case are 90% Identical to the basic case assembly so Ive just repeated them below up to where you change.

The P3D Case is designed in a specific way that allows all Parts of the Basic FR4 Case (PCB, Switch Plate, and Base Plate) to all fit within the 3D Printed Housing.

Thus you can (if you wanted) take the entirety of the Basic FR4 assembly out of the P3D Case and use it independently. Vice versa the FR4 Assembly can be simply “dropped-in” and used within a P3D Case for that clean hi-profile case look.


A.) So, as previously stated above, start by taking your small bag of hardware and knolling them out into there respective parts (screws and spacers)

*Your P3D Case comes with its own small collect of hardware but we wont need that until later.


B.) Next grab your freshly assembled PCB & Attached Switch Plate.

Take x8 of Your Spacers and x8 of Your Screws and secure them into your switch plate as shown below:

(*All Summer 2020 Liminal Kits Ship with a T6 Hex Driver Included in the Package)

*Tighten these down nice and securely:


C.) Now this is were the assembly differs.

Note: The Torx Screws Included in kits are shorter than some tolerances of printing can be accurate with (4mm). So if using the included Torx screws, Your FR4 Bottom Plate MAY NOT FIT between the bottom panel and brass spacer within your P3D Case. Not an issue per say. Just keep it handily stored away for if you ever want to rock the the more RAW FR4 Plate Case. Maybe frame in in a nice walnut chassis and gift it to your mother as a sign of respect.

D.) For those using the 4mm Torx screws included with your kit. Get a hold of x8 of those Screws. Use those to secure the main assembly on top of the P3D bottom panel through the protruding spacers you just installed. The teal circled holes shown below are were you will secure the brass spacers around the bottom panel

NOTE: The Side with a noticeable “Stepped” surface texture will face your desk. The Stone-like texture will face the interior of the case and will be the side the brass spacers mount to.


E.) Take the entire assembled bottom assembly and insert it into the top bezel. The case only fits together one way once faced properly so take note of the notch under the USB Location:


F.) Press The parts together and get them as flush to each other as you can


G.) The Remaining Holes (shown in red) are the locations you will secure the bottom assembly into the top bezel. These will use the included hardware P3D sent along with his case.

NOTE:Screw these in with moderate care. The screws are self-tapping and so they “eat” into the plastic to thread themselves together. They are very good screws from my experience with them but there isn’t a reason to torque case screws down as hard as you can. Get them reasonably tight but they shouldn’t make noise when you tighten them down or unscrew them.


A CHILD IS BORN!


3.4 | Snek Barooké

All we ever want is a snack. Something to hold us over till dinner. Dinner being 32kg of Industrial Grade Pudding of course.

No one gets me like she does.

After the incident I never cared much for it anyway. To many memories really. Still got my lucky spoon though.

They tell me these “Vegans” got some game-plan to take a final stand at the Rose Bowl this year. Doubt their Grandparents even mentioned what happened last time. I sure as hell wouldn’t.

Ive always been told that a smile and a nice gesture can change someone else’s life in seconds. Maybe someone needs your smile today.