The Diamond Chip: A Working Fallout: New Vegas Platinum Chip Replica

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  1. Chewman_BG

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    hey guys!

    so I just finished my VCE, and I found I had a bunch of spare time, and free access to a CNC Router...
    After playing countless hours of Fallout: New Vegas, I decided I'd like to make a "Platinum Chip"... But not like the dummy replica that is included with the collector's edition... One that actually works like it does in-game: as a storage device.

    So first came the design, which I can tell you, was not easy.
    Keeping in mind the restraints of the router, the font had to be small enough to fit on the chip, yet be large enough for people to read and so that the router wouldn't mangle it. And on top of that, it needed to stay true to the original design.

    So I got started. Roland's (The CNC manufacturer) software, Dr. Engrave, is not very versatile... But it is very accurate. I mapped out my two-halves, and slowly drew in each panel of the roulette wheel one by one. The numbers in the middle were altered by hand to more closely match those of the collector's edition chip.

    I ended up with something that looked a little like this:


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    took me a while, between 4-6 hours I think... Since I finished school my whole concept of time has flown out of the window. :D
     
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    Lovin' the CNC Router.

    Ok so on Wednesday, I went back to my school, who kindly said I could use their CNC whenever I wanted :)

    I set the machine up and let it cut.


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    The end result was pretty damn spiffy.


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    And I ran into a little trouble milling out the edge of the chip itself... The piece simply did not want to stay on the cutting bed. So I had to take it out, cut it analougly with a small scroll saw. This made for very wonky edges, But I sanded them down a little at school. Together:


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    Turned out alright, tbh.

    I also went out to Officeworks and purchased the smllest Flash drive I could find: a SanDisk Blade 4GB.
     
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    MOAR CNC!

    ok so School was closed on Thursday, but this morning I was able to go down and have a little more fun.

    So I made the base for the chip. the "dock" if you will.

    first the design:


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    ...
    so It turns out I didn't take a picture of the freshly milled dock, but here's a few pics of the chip in it:


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    (sorry about the little dots on the pic... dust in my camera lens >_<)
     
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    After that was done, I pulled open the SanDisk blade, and used a blade on it to cut down the USB connector: If you don't need it, dispose of it.. The more space, the better.

    I also used a drill to drill holes right through one side of the chip, into the dock and out the bottom, This was to create contact points later on. I purposely used staggered holes to prevent from accidentally putting the chip in the wrong way:


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    Then, for the pins, I pulled apart a motherboard sense-maker :)tongue:) and bent them around.


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    For the contacts on the other side, I found a spare microSD --> SD adapter, and pulled it apart, then soldered the pieces to the USB stick.


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    As you can see, the contacts fit directly over the holes I drilled previously. I also used a few extra pieces to make it look more electric-y.


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    Inside the chip:


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    :)

    I don't have any pictures, But I soldered a USB cable (and an LED) to the corresponding pins on the dock, and used some Acrylic cement: "Acri-Bond 110" to join the two halves of the chip. When the cement is fully hardened (another 46~ hours) I'll sand down the edges, and possibly polish them.

    Finished Pics next post!
     
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    thats seriously cool mate, well done
     
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    Agreed, good effort dude, is there anything to stop it from getting knocked out of the holder while your using it? I don't know how they go with solid state storage but maybe a couple of tiny magnets to keep it locked in place?


    Either way bloody good work!
     
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    yeah lol, I wanted to buy some of those miniture Neodymium sphere magnets, to use for the contacts... But deal extreme are backed up like shit during this time of year, and I wanted to get it done early.

    Fortunately, however, the way the pins are, they hold the chip in with friction... rather well, too. :)

    don't need much force to get it out, but it still holds alright.

    I think I'll put a Truecrypt keyfile on it. Nobody would ever know how to get into my files, except you guys, lol.
     
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    Hahaha man this is epic.

    I wouldn't go mailiing this to anyone you know :p, it could be bad for a certain "courier" :p.


    The most extravagent way to hide your porn XD
     
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    :Pirate::leet::Paranoid:
     
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    Well this should be a fun device for a certain courier going through border security. :leet:
     
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    Love the design of it, well done, a little curious as to why you didnt get the imation atom or the lexar echo ze which are both smaller? The cruzer blade whilst small and cheap is very very slow for a usb drive, putting it into something as awesome as this doesnt quite do it justice :)
     
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    that is probably the coolest thing i have seen on overclockers.
     
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    that is so awesome.

    atm it looks like a squashed spider hehe
    are you going to paint it?
     
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    +1 vote for coolness.
     
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    Two very big thumbs up!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :D
     
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    that looks sexy mate!

    xD
     
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    looks great bud,

    I never had that much fun when I was at school :rolleyes:
     
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    Here's another vote for awesomness lol good work mate
     
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    I've never played any of the Fallout games, but that looks cool. The intricacy of the numbers on the roulette wheel are something to admire, I'd never have the patience to do a job like that. Congrats on something fairly unique :thumbup:
     

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