How to 3D Print a Hades Canyon Lid

If you’re a Hades Canyon owner and are interested in 3D printing your own custom lid, Intel has provided information on doing just that. They give you everything you need to know to make the lid the right way.

I assume. Not owning a 3D printer, and never having tried to 3D print so much as a toothpick, I can’t speak intelligently about it. But the info looks solid.

Use the above link for the most up-to-date information, but for now here are the contents of their tutorial. Don’t ask me about any of it. From here down, I know nothing.

LID Customization for the Intel® NUC NUC8i7HxKx

Last Reviewed: 20-Sep-2018
Article ID: 000030495

The Intel® NUC NUC8i7HxKx was designed with a replaceable lid. You can install aftermarket lids that may:

  • Provide additional functionality
  • Display a custom lid illumination pattern

Printing 3D lids for this system is difficult, due to the curvature of the lid design. However, a satisfactory result is possible with:

  • A 3D printer with very high resolution, and
  • A lid that’s properly designed and constructed

The NUC8i7HxKx board provides headers that allow third-parties to design and create aftermarket lids with specialized features. For mechanical drawings, see the lid file (step format). Refer to the Technical Product Specifications for Intel® NUC Products for additional technical details on the headers.

NUC8i7HxKx board

Create a Custom Illuminated Lid Pattern

To create a customized Intel NUC NUC8i7HxKx illuminated lid:

  1. Purchase blank lids from
  2. Create a pattern that matches the light guide film (LGF).
  3. Use a low power laser to etch the pattern on to the blank lid.

We recommend purchasing additional lids to experiment with different designs and printing methods. For additional help, consult local businesses that specialize in laser etching.

Custom Lid Illumination Areas

The Intel NUC NUC8i7HxKx ships with a translucent cover that has been painted opaque, except for the skull outline and eyes. The illumination will be limited by the LGF beneath, which consists of two zones. The Skull (blue dotted area) and the Eyes (red dotted area).

Custom Lid Illumination Areas

LGF Keep-in-ZONE (KIZ)

  • The illuminated pattern needs to be kept within the LGF KIZ.
  • HADESCANYON_LGF_KEEPIN.DXF (attached below) contains 2D drawing of the LGF KIZ, and the location of the eyes.
  • Relative location of the KIZ to the top cover is shown below (units = mm).

LGF KIZ location relative the top cover.
LGF KIZ location - top

You can download the NUC8i7HxKx_LGF_KeepIn AutoCAD DXF file and use with any CAD software.

Related topic
Replaceable Covers Information for the Intel® NUC



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