Building Aluminum PC Tech Station, Update: Bending Primochill Tubing

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  1. mnpctech

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    Hey Gang! I would like to share another project build with you. FrozenCPU wanted their PC to be jaw dropping, unique and utilitarian. Cheapskate and I have been brainstorming ideas of a sexy billet Tech Station for a long time. Mark & Bucky were intrigued with the idea. After conference a few calls, I learned they share our love for Sci-Fi, custom cars, and bikes. I made notes before initiating brainstorm session with Cheaps. I purge elements of what I'm envisioning into a funnel, inserted into his mad munky brain. After the Concept is born, the next stage is altering the Concept to host their tasty menu for the best hardware. We suggested the buildf utilize two loops with 480 radiators. Mark loved idea of automating the PC in some manner.

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    Time to feed da Milll!

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    The side walls will draw in plenty of cool air.

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    The two walls are milled from .5" thick 6061 billet.

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    I suggested the cover open automatically. We're tentatively titling their build "FrozenCPU Tech Station" but "Billet Pron Bench" may be more appropriate.

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    The back plates are machined from 1/8" thick. The two 480 radiators will reside behind these.

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    The "BIG F" will be mounted on the side walls.

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    The chassis width is just under 23"

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    Cutting down the primochill tubing to length

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    To clean and debur edges of the primochill acrylic tubing, you can use hand file or medium grit sandpaper. I've opted for quicker solution and used Plumber's tubing reamer. You can pick-up these Tubing / Pipe Reamers at most Home Improvement Stores, in their Plumbing Aisle. Pretty handy tool for this task, so placed a bulk wholesale order and stocking them here, Pipe / Tubing Reamer

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    Place reamer on flat surface, hold it in place, apply pressure while twisting or rotating tube clockwise or counter clockwise*between three blades, then flip reamer upside down and repeat for inner diameter.

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    ...then flip reamer upside down and repeat for inner diameter.

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    It does decent job...*you can also use medium grit sandpaper or hand file as alternative*

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    Place "Revolver" compression shell over acrylic first, then o-ring

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    then insert tubing into compression fitting...

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    Silicone Fill Tubing, insert into Primochill .5" OD acrylic tubing.

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    Dip the Silicone Fill Tubing in Dish Soap water

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    Insert Silicone Fill tubing into the 1/2" Primochill Acrylic tube before heating the Tubing.

    Hold the tubing around 4" above the heat, and keep rotating the Acrylic tubing over the heat.

    I made Acrylic Tubing Bending Jig, from Acrylic!

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    I made it from .5" Clear Acrylic scrap from the workshop. For the bends, I used our 1-3/4" & 1" Billet PC Case Feet for two different size bends.

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    Placing .5" Primochill tubing along channel and 1" case foot, to create 90 degree bend.

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    1" inside bend

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    Primochill .5" acrylic tubing for EK Terminal Bridge

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  2. STUdog

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    Ok I need that mill, how much did it cost?

    Looking epic so far
     
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    Again Bill you exceed the average persons immagination. :cool:


    Some would say you are pushing the limits ------- I say you have no limits :lol:
     
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    HOLY BILLET BALLS BATMAN

    Looking like, well, it's going to weight a bit :thumbup:
     
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    @STUdog, good one starts at $100,000 US

    @BigDave, haha... Good to hear from you again! I hope I can find time to develop my own ITX case this year, but commitments just keep piling up, but thats not a bad thing either..

    @MercyFlush, looks that way, but it's aluminum, not steel :thumbup:
     
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    nice work as always

    hey Bill how do you say Aluminum.

    Do you say "A-loo-min-em"
    or do you say "Allyeee-min-ee-yum"
     
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    He speaks Amurr'kin so I'm pretty sure he'll say "A-looo-mi-num" (given that's also how he spells it).

    Hang on... you spelled it wrong too!

    I'm surrounded by 'murrkins! :shock:
     
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    @Wishbone17, Haha, TMZ Podcast listener!! :thumbup:

    @Huggy_Bear64, just say "BILLET" :D

    Glad you like it soo far gang! ....we've been wanting to build a tech station from aluminum for awhile, and was very happy when frozencpu approached us. We hope to create smaller one for retail someday...

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    Tech Station floor was milled from 1/4" sheet of 6061

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    SSD cage mounting holes

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    Chassis back plates with jaw line

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    The grills were inspired by Mnpctech's machined aluminum "480" radiator grill with rotating grill inserts here,
    http://www.frozencpu...m_-_Silver.html

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    480 radiator grill machined from 3/16" sheet, inspired by Mnpctech Machined Aluminum radiator grill with rotating grill inserts, sold by frozencpu here,

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    I didn't have time to assemble the cover and install Firgelli this weekend, but did get more of the tiny parts finished. This is the front panel Power switch plate , .25" thick alum will mount over .25" thick Light Blue acrylic and fits 22mm Bulgin switch, 5mm LED. The other two holes are for fasteners

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    Finished the "Dual Aqualis" Mount plates. Machined from 3/16" aluminum. Cheaps devised a resourceful means for mounting it too. We've Given the Bluray a dual purpose. And some people thought optical drives had become obsolete...lol

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    super busy day, I took these photos w/o realizing the bottom plate was flipped..lol

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    We've given the Optical drive a dual purpose while saving space....​
     
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    "Billet Pron Bench" is highly appropriate... :eek:

    Looks crazy awesome Bill, can't wait to see how it looks when it's finished! :D
     
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    haha! Thanks for tuning in Rory! :thumbup:

    Here is the Top plate for the six SSDs

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    Here is the Dual Aqualis mounting bracket, just waiting for drive to arrive.

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    insanely envious of this build.
     
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    Thanks for tuning and commenting Enjoi, I hope to start assembly of the cover this weekend.
     
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    Wow amazing, i wish i had access to some CNC goodness, would help me for both custom PC mods and car parts :)
     
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    love the progress guys
    looks the goods!
     
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    (Agg edit: your worklogs are welcome here, but for obvious advertising posts like that one, you would need to become a sponsor.)
     
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    We have 3 more parts to make, actuator extension arm and two cover ribs for the ends. So while I wait for those, I worked on the boring, but necessary stage of the build, cleaning up all of the milled pieces. I dismantled the chassis so I could clean and remove minor scratches or the manufacturer ink stamp on the surface of the aluminum.

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    I'm using 3M red Scotchbrite pads to remove any small scratches or marring to the surface of the aluminum. This is "very Fine" version and it's also a great alternative to sandpaper for prepping PC cases for painting. You can also use these 3M Scotchbrite pads for deburring Steel, Acrylic or Plastic.

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    that scotchbrite really does a nice job, thanks for the protip!
     

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