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Discussion in 'Modding Worklogs' started by oldnewby, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. slobber

    slobber Member

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    Very hard to imagine what that would look in Alu

    How would you enclose the optical drive ??
     
  2. OMARK

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    i love the concept (and look) in those last pics oldnewby, but it hides too much of the brilliant attention to detail in the chassis.

    only thing is i have no better suggestions
     
  3. cwisfa

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    I really like what you've done. The wood looks really quite good on it, I like the grille you've done over the top. You could even hide a 250mm fan under there, haha. :D

    Keep up the great work, hope to see the completed project soon!
     
  4. wvxman

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    I'm not sure about the grill to be honest. Thematically, stylistically, I can't see it flowing with the rest of the externals in it's current iteration.

    A grill of sorts could be in-set in the front panel, but it shouldn't be a main feature of the front panel, at least those are my thoughts. A big grill is very shouty, so it depends on what you want to go for; a passive and understated grill which is primarily functional but also stylistically complimentary, or a shouty focal point around which the rest of the front panel is themed.

    Is the plan to stick to alum only for the exterior? You may want to consider what you can do with different materials; plex or glass, and maybe even lighting effects.
     
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  5. DNX

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    Having the top and front ribs made from 2 sheets of plex (similar to the top of the Mnpctech Antec 300 case mod) might look good.
     
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    Thanks for your opinions and suggestions. :thumbup:

    @slobber; The DVD drive doesn't get a lot of use these days, but it does
    get used so it will be only accessible by popping open the right hand side
    door.

    @OMARK; Don't worry almost everything will be visible. (at least by my
    current way of thinking).

    @wvxman; That grille was just a trial. I still have more ideas to try, but
    I'm leaning towards having a grille that runs up the whole front of the chassis.

    @DNX; As above with the grille and I'm thinking of having the top curve down
    towards the front, in the process of making a model of this at the moment.
     
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    Tried a few treatments for the front today, and while I didn't get very far with
    most of them, this one has some promise.

    It's more conventional than some of the things I've been thinking about but is
    quite pleasing to the eye with just a little curve to the louvers.

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    Now you have to imagine this made from alu and plex. The two thick side pieces will be
    one piece each, though it's made from two pieces here.
    While the bottom few louvers were to flip down to gain access to the switches and I/O,
    it soon became apparent that access to the slot loader was blocked with this scheme.
    So the obvious idea is to make a larger part of the front flip down. This is great because
    with this way the side doesn't have to be opened to gain access to the drive and the side
    panels, while still being hinged at the back, can be fixed at the front with a couple of screws
    thereby getting rid of the latching mechanism that had to be made. :)

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    But as it stands it's too boring, so some thing will have to be done to make the front more
    interesting.

    Oh, and yes, there will be mesh behind the louvers.
     
  8. Ephphatha

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    Out of the designs you've put up so far, I like that one the best (and I usually hate curved cases).
     
  9. ford ftw

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    nice looks great!
    awesome work mate
    im really impressed
    when i read about it i was like say WHAT?
    but now im like sick.....jive turky
    anyway gratz man on your sick case.
    im out


    Sorry that was my mate.

    But yeah nice case.


    lol:lol:
     
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  10. raintonr

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    I'd have to say that might be true. You've gone for a non-symmetrical theme with the rest of the case, and to then put a grid like that straight up the centre looks a bit odd IMHO.

    Am admiring your skills all the way though - however this ends up it's gonna be great! :thumbup:
     
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    Yes, you are absolutely correct. This was pointed out to me in another
    forum as well. It's starting to look like an ordinary, purchased case and this
    is probably why I am not happy with the direction it's going.
    Ignore all the models, no more models, I'll just make parts as I go, as was
    done with the chassis.
     
  12. BloodDonor

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  13. Ephphatha

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    That looks pretty good. It may be a pain but straight lines and many angle changes would go well methinks :)
     
  14. thmrsh

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    Loving this so far :)
     
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    Thanks guys. :thumbup:

    I've got an idea in my head for the fan grille and as we have seen sometimes my ideas
    end up looking like crap in the real world. But I'm going to make it, in all the proper
    materials, and if I don't like it I'll make another one. At least I'm working with alu again
    (I hate MDF :D).

    This grille is big and heavy, in weight as well as visually.
    So to start, three columns are made from 12mmx25mm bar, all cut to length with the
    hacksaw.

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    Then using various files, the ends are made smooth and square.

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    Periodically checking for squareness.

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    Then the filed edges are de-burred with this little file.

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    Next some angles are cut into the bottom edges of the bars.

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    I use this to stop the blade from binding.

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    Then the cut ends have to be filed smooth and uniform.

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    And we are left with three identical columns.

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    Next a plate needs to be made to hold the columns, hold the mesh and allow a method
    to fix the grille to the chassis. This is made from 2.5mm plate.

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    The hatched area needs to be removed.

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    Cut out with the jigsaw.

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    And filed the usual way.

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    And this will fit over the fans like so.

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    Some holes are drilled into the backing plate to take M4 screws.

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    And then holes are drilled,

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    and tapped into the columns.

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    And you can see the result tomorrow. :D
     
  16. MUTMAN

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    iirc, chalking your files helps stop softer metals like alu/cu from clogging the teeth :thumbup:
     
  17. BloodDonor

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    looking good there oldnewby :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for that MUTMAN. :thumbup:

    Thanks M8. :)


    Following on from yesterday the back of this needs to be pretty flush so countersunk
    screws will be used.

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    And some hex mesh needs to be sandwiched between the columns and support plate.

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    And it looks like this.

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    Now I'm not sure about this design so I don't want to drill any mounting holes into
    the chassis, so it just rests on top to get a look.

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    Now the idea with this is to fix it via a spacer so it appears to float over the front panel.

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    OK it's not the worst thing I've ever made but it doesn't put a smile on my face.
    I'll have to look at it for a while and see if it grows on me.
     
  19. JohnZ

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    My favourite mod on the forums atm :)

    Been watching it for a good couple of weeks now :D

    Your metal work is amazing, how much have you done work like this before?
     
  20. BloodDonor

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    what can i say oldnewby but :eek: :thumbup:
     

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