General Customer Questions
Q. Who would use a STEGO BOARD? Is it a good gift?
A. The people who would use it are primarily makers. They tinker around with things for hours. They like to solve their own problems by combining different components. It is the perfect gift for makers and computer enthusiasts who enjoy making things! And because it can be used in so many ways, it has value that far exceeds a 'single use' type of product.
People who share most of these the qualities below will use a STEGO BOARD.
- Intelligent people. As in, creatively intelligent. They invent things.
- People who really like computer hardware and making things with it.
- Someone who played with LEGO growing up and continue to enjoy making things that take a lot of time and thought.
- Patient people. You can't rush in the world of makers.
- Raspberry Pi users. Anyone who has a Pi, will definitely appreciate what a STEGO BOARD can offer them for functionality and versatility.
- Home theater enthusiasts that want to have an open, easy to access computer system in their living room, and are able to hide it on the back of their TV.
- PC builders who always build their own computers. They want to build an open computer that looks like nothing else anyone has ever seen. They can also mount it to the back of their TV so they can game on the couch!
- 3D printing enthusiasts that are always printing things. They can't get enough of their 3D printers! They want something cool to print. One of the many key features of STEGO BOARD are the accessories that you can download and print for free.
People who will not want or use a STEGO BOARD.
- People who want something you turn on and start using. STEGO BOARD is not a pre-assembled system in a box. There are no electronics or computers included. You build your system on it.
- People who do not spend hours making things themselves. They buy things already made. They may really like computers, but they do not build computers. There's a big difference.
Q. What is STEGO BOARD used for?
A. Below are the following uses:
- Raspberry Pi computers and touchscreen mounting.
- Building Raspberry Pi clusters.
- Hard drive mounting.
- Small Form Factor PC mounting.
- Mini ITX PC mounting.
- Mounting a computer system to a wall.
- Mounting a computer system to a TV.
- Mounting a computer system to a monitor.
- Mounting a computer system to a desk.
STEGO BOARD 102 & 104 Questions
Q. How many Raspberry Pi's can it hold?
A. Each layer can hold two Raspberry Pi B's or six Raspberry Pi Zero's. Cable routing or MicroSD card access may affect how the Raspberry Pi's are arranged or how many are used. Your personal preferences and project requirements will determine how many you can use.
STEGO BOARD 102 at full capacity can hold four Raspberry Pi B's or twelve Raspberry Pi Zero's.
STEGO BOARD 104 at full capacity can hold eight Raspberry Pi B's or twenty four Raspberry Pi Zero's.
Q. How many hard drives can it hold?
A. Each layer can hold two 2.5" hard drives or one 3.5" hard drive.
STEGO BOARD 102 at full capacity can hold four 2.5" hard drives or two 3.5" hard drives.
STEGO BOARD 104 at full capacity can hold eight 2.5" hard drives or four 3.5" hard drives.
Q. What are the main differences between the 102 and 104?
A. The 102 is small, compact and does almost everything needed for a versatile Pi or hard drive mounting system. You can throw it in any bag easily. Also, it can be easily attached to the back of a monitor. The 104 is much bigger and provides more upgradability since it has double the working area. It is intended to be desk mounted only. You have more options for the systems you build. If you need room to grow, the 104 will take you there.
Q. What are other modifications I can do, or add to a 102 or 104?
A. You can add a 3D printed handle or a hard drive caddy to the top layer of both the 102 and 104. You can 3D print braces to transform the 104 from a stack into an open cube.
STEGO BOARD 400 & 400+ Questions
Q. Why would I buy a 400 or 400+ instead of a 104?
A. Your specific needs or building preferences will usually determine which is best for you. Overall, in terms of building area, features, 3D printed accessories and mounting options the 400 family have more features. But it's much larger. The 104 is compact but still loaded with potential just not as much as the 400 family. Here is a list showing the main features of both.
- Intended for desk use only.
- Small building area. 6" x 6" (Four layers)
- Very small desk space required. Easy to transport.
- Compatible with all Pi's, hard drives & VESA 100 SFF PC's.
400 / 400+ Features
- Can be mounted on the back of a big screen TV or monitor as well as desk or wall mounting.
- Large building area. 17" x 11" (One layer)
- Large desk space required. Transport with care is required.
- Compatible with all Pi's, hard drives & VESA 100 SFF PC's.
- You can build a traditional PC on it. (Mini ITX)
- The 400+ is like a 400 with a 102 added on for maximum build area. The 102 can be used separately.
Conclusion: If you want to add a system to the back of a TV or monitor, have no space limitations or want to build a PC, the 400 family is for you. If you care about space more than additional mounting options and will not be building a PC, the 104 is for you.
Q. What are other modifications I can do, or add to a 400 or 400+?
A. There are many additional things you can do. Especially using zip ties. Here is a list.
- Mount a small or large external hard drive using zip ties.
- Mount a Mac Mini, cable box or power bar using zip ties.
- Mount a Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku or Amazon Fire using zip ties.
- Attach LED strips using adhesive backing or using zip ties.
- 3D print hard drive caddies to stack hard drives.
- 3D print a power supply holder for a PC build.
- 3D print a cable guard to hide cables.
- 3D print a handle or large stands.
Q. Can I mount a STEGO BOARD 400 to the back of a TV that is wall mounted?
A. No. The wall mount when attached to a TV uses the same holes that would normally be available for mounting the STEGO BOARD 400. You can only mount the STEGO BOARD 400 to free standing TV's.
Q. Can I mount a STEGO BOARD 400 to the back of a monitor that is wall, pole or arm mounted?
A. No. The various mounts when attached to a monitor uses the same holes that would normally be available for mounting the STEGO BOARD 400. You can only mount the STEGO BOARD 400 to free standing monitors that have VESA holes on the back.
Q. Can the STEGO BOARD mount on any monitor?
A. No. Not all monitors have VESA holes. Especially monitors that can be adjusted vertically. If there are no VESA holes you can still use it on a desk, wall or TV.
STEGO BOARD CUBE & SUPER CUBE Questions
Q. Why would I buy a CUBE or SUPER CUBE?
A. The biggest difference is both size and time required. The CUBE is meant to be as small and simple as possible in looks and assembly. It is a more "minimalist" type of product which some people prefer. The SUPER CUBE is the exact opposite in every way. It is larger, louder, bolder and brighter. It takes longer to build. The braces are the accent colors. Peg accessories give the braces attitude. LED light strips can be run along the inside edges.
Q. How do I fit all the cables inside?
A. The easiest way is by rolling them into organized coils. You then secure the cable coils in a few spots using zip ties. The other way is to use 90 degree adapters. There are a large variety of 90 degree USB adapters available. There are also 90 degree hard drive SATA connectors as well. Using both 90 degree adapters and cable rolling, you can fit most cables inside. It's easier to fit larger cables in a SUPER CUBE because it offers the most internal space for cable management.
Q. I can't fit all the cables inside to close the back door completely. What do I do?
A. Remove the back door or leave it open. Depending on the type of hardware combinations that are inside, along with thick or rigid cables, closing the door may not be an option. Having the back of a cube completely open, makes it easier to access the inside. Also, the back door can now be used as a separate mounting system for desk builds. You can still mount items to it like you would using a 102 or 104. If your monitor has VESA 100 holes, you can mount it on the back.
Q. What type of LED strips fit inside the SUPER CUBE braces?
A. The most common LED strips are 8mm (5/16") and 10mm (3/8") wide. SUPER CUBE braces are compatible with most standard LED strips including the popular 3528 and 5050 sizes. Photos of the SUPER CUBE shown in the products page are using 5050 LED's for visual reference.
Q. Can I use water resistant LED strips inside the SUPER CUBE braces?
A. It is best not to use water resistant LED strips because the rubber coating grabs the LED loops on the inside of the braces. This makes it very difficult to run the LED strips through all the braces. The rubber coating can easily be peeled off. Carefully cut through the rubber coating near the power connection end, lift the cut rubber, and slowly peel the coating off.
Q. Should I use the adhesive backing on LED strips inside a SUPER CUBE?
A. No. The adhesive backing is not required and will make installing LED strips more difficult if the backing paper is removed. The adhesive will grab the inside face of the braces making it very difficult to run the strips inside the braces. You can leave the backing paper on, or remove it and the adhesive layer. The adhesive is very easy to remove. Carefully cut through the adhesive coating near the power connection end, lift the cut adhesive layer, and slowly peel it off.
Q. How do I run the LED strip through all the braces inside a SUPER CUBE?
A. Run the entire strip through the first brace only. Then run the remaining amount through the next brace and continue to use this method. If you try to run the entire strip through all the braces at the same time, it will be more difficult to do and take much longer.
Q. How do I keep hinge nuts and bolts from loosening over time?
A. Put a single drop of Loctite on the end of the bolt, thread the nut on and leave to dry for 10 minutes. The nut will be fully set and secured in 24 hrs.
3D Printed Accessory Questions
Q. Is it better to purchase 3D prints from STEGO BOARD or print my own?
A. Print your own! You can control materials, colors and layer heights. You have much more control and can experiment with so many different ideas when you print your own accessories. We have provided all the 3D print files for all our accessories, so you can print everything yourself. It is much more satisfying and costs you less money!
Q. Do I need 3D printed accessories to use STEGO BOARD products?
A. Yes, but only for cubes. You can build a gaming PC on a STEGO BOARD 400 without using any 3D printed accessories. They are also not required for the 102 and 104 products. 3D printed accessories add a lot of extra value and functionality to the product. They also look better than zip ties.
Q. How strong are 3D prints? Do you offer returns for broken 3D prints?
A. Depending on the layer stacking, relative to the direction of stress being applied to the part, the strength varies considerably. They are strong enough for basic installed use, but will not withstand a direct forceful impact. If there are repeated or extreme vibrations some accessories may fail. We do not offer any refunds on broken 3D printed accessories.
In summary, the 3D printed accessories are meant for a stable environment that has no significant or constant vibration. (A home or office.) They will work as intended but are not as strong as injection molded parts. They will break if they are pushed past their material strength.
Q. What material are the 3D prints for purchase made of?
A. All prints for sale are PLA.
Q. Can I request different materials, colors or layer heights for a 3D print?
A. No. Our pricing is based on PLA and 0.3mm layer heights only. We only sell the colors shown. We highly recommend you use a 3D printing vendor to customize print materials, colors and layer heights.
Q. What glue is the best for braces, pegs and accessories?
A. If using PLA or ABS, super glue, krazy glue or contact cement will work well for simple bonds like brace accessories. If you want the bonds to be much stronger you can use an acetone solution. This slightly melts the parts and creates a very strong bond, but must be done more carefully and quickly. There are many ways to glue 3D printed parts but the above suggestions are the common recommendations for basic bonding requirements.