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Old 18th June 2017, 4:03 PM   #16
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I'd like to build this Have some fairly decent tools in my workshop.

What materials?
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Old 28th June 2017, 1:43 PM   #17
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Thanks for the offer, Shane. It may be a bit difficult for a home build - materials will be aluminum, carbon fibre, and wood. It will need CNC machining.
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Old 28th June 2017, 1:52 PM   #18
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I can probably get this done for you or at least the metal sections.

I would be inclined to use "carbon fibre" vinyl wrap over aluminium for the carbon fibre sections. Will be cheaper and visually as effective.

It will cost a lot for a one off though - whats your budget?

(I am a mechanical engineer with 5 years industry experience drawing and manufacturing sheet metal telecommunications enclosures.)
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LoL matey. If I can build a 21 mtr shed within 3mm accuracy in any direction
measured. Then a pc case is a walk in the park.

Even 0.5mm accuracy for a stand off on the mb plate gets it done & mounted.
Don't dismiss this old guy when you don't know his abilities or life experience.

Anything I set my mind to doing. Is done bloody awesome
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Thanks shane and anduril. This is a preliminary Sketchup drawing of what I am thinking of. I am redoing the design because I realized it will look monstrous when mounted on the rack. I am trying to make it visually a bit smaller.

The new design i'm working on will have 6cm less height and 80mm less width.



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Old 28th June 2017, 2:43 PM   #21
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Easy man. You have curved corners with a router cutter doing the fins.
Actually your tastes are all Lian Li same as mine.

Must bust out that case when the rain lets up. As it already designed.

Similar " not same as mine "
http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-v800/
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Old 28th June 2017, 2:48 PM   #22
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you know hifi/pro audio rack gear is all standard size, and the same size as PC/sever rack gear. plenty of rack mount cases available to you, and you can cut a hole in the top to add a window easy as. much easier starting with a case designed for PC components.

what width is your 'rack'?
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Old 28th June 2017, 3:20 PM   #23
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If you see his equipment front page.....standard is not his game.





So in the old school Lian Li HTPC style cases .......it's a hybrid.
Somewhere between mine above alloy front pc-880 & the pc-800
Add detailed corners, wooden top, grills, rad mounts.

http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-v880/
http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-v800/
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Thanks shane and anduril. This is a preliminary Sketchup drawing of what I am thinking of. I am redoing the design because I realized it will look monstrous when mounted on the rack. I am trying to make it visually a bit smaller.

The new design i'm working on will have 6cm less height and 80mm less width.

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Horrible slim airflow for the radiators, since those full pieces act as a wall to maintain the structure of the outer panels, add some cutout holes either circle patterns or shaped patterns that way you still have the pieces upright for the top panels to go on top of and you also get better airflow for the radiator fans.

Also are you going to do any anodising, powdercoating, silkscreened or paint finish on the case?

This is definitely not a walk through the park case since it is a 'cost no object' custom case and finalised product needs to demonstrate it. The precision machining required to get all the thicker than your run of the mill pc case alu panel pieces cnc'd with less than 2% variance is beyond what regular hand and bench tools can muster. Bench and angle grinding to cut corners with the job != a perfectly completed product.

Looks easy when you visualise it in your head or on paper as an idea, doing it is completely different. Different story if it was wood though as its a lot easier to work with.

I've tried undertaking something similar to this (not for a rack) years back with my own custom designed regulated and extremely low noise pc psu with a pc motherboard silently cooled for a high end headless music server, had quotes done for my case and it was far more than I was comfortable spending it on.
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Slim radiators are the go Matthew. Surface area wins vs rad thickness

Nothing there is difficult to make Mathew, certainly not thicker alloys.
Infact anyone spent time in workshop environments fabricating would tackle this.
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carbon as well now?

let me know what you need. might be able to help there
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