Have you ever wanted to “go where no man has gone before?” Since we first heard the line from the 1960s TV series Star Trek, geek culture has exploded. Gene Roddenberry’s creation has been a wonderful inspiration to people all over the world – birth conventions, video games, books, comics, movies and more spinoff TV shows than you can shake a stick at. So we think it’s amazing when someone brings us into the 23rd century and beyond with a Shuttle PC, even if we’re not talking about the PC brand.
Thanks to ingenuity, 3D printing, patience and a good deal of fandom, we get to see how someone has managed to make a shuttle from NCC-1701-D. For those unaware, that is the identifier of the USS Enterprise for Star Trek: The Next Generation (
TNG). The creator has even given the shuttlecraft PC a name, Curie.
YouTube video of Star Trek Shuttlecraft Case Mod
It’s not the first time we’ve heard from creator James Cameron, who makes cool mods and cases for all sorts of things. Last March, he showed off the “World’s Smallest NES” on one of his YouTube channels, Print ‘N Play. The channel specializes in builds that often center around being small and typically run on certain types of microboards such as the Raspberry Pi. However, his other channel, The Time Traveling Technologist, centers on ancient and seemingly “future” technology. As for a shuttlecraft PC, it’s certainly the future.
The creator says it took him about three months of designing, 3D printing, sanding, painting and wiring. The build includes custom PCBs, LED strips and custom decals. What appears to be a Mini-ITX motherboard contains an Intel Core i5-4460 clocked at 3.2GHz, an NVIDIA GTX 650, 16GB DDR3 and a 512GB SSD. The components are admittedly a little old, considering that the latest generation Intel Core chips are in the 13000s (13th generation), NVIDIA GPUs are in the 4000 series, and RAM is up to DDR5. He says the rationale for the older hardware is to test thermals, which makes sense as 3D printed materials can melt if things get too hot and doesn’t want to put newer components at risk. There are potential plans to upgrade the hardware if all goes well, but he should be careful. If the computer is too fast, you can become a kind of amphibian.
Image of desk decked out in Star Trek accessories and equipment
James also paired a Windows 10 tablet with a Star Trek-themed interface to allow him to remotely control the main PC’s RGB strips, as well as media controls. Of course, he also decided to decorate his desk with a Star Trek theme, and so did we. He includes a Phaser themed mouse, a communicator, a Star Trek screensaver on the PC, a custom keyboard and a Star Trek themed desk mat. We think this is all very cool and hope to see more ingenuity from creators like James. After all that work, you deserve some rest at Quark’s.