Discussion in 'Modding Worklogs' started by Saate, Mar 29, 2012.
That is some straight up ingenuity on the sanding bloke, nice one!
Beautiful as always... love the ingenuity of the ghetto lathe too... thinking outside the box mate ... you should also talk to the precision place about maybe getting them to sponsor you... show them the buildlog and see what they say... I would personally like to have some sort of hand in it just so I could show off a pic and say "I contributed to that," I am certain businesses would too
Your contribution has already been comprehensively documented... the wang dance!
Hey mate, just to give you some inspiration, i stumbled across this build.
Thanks man - yeah some pretty amazing stuff in that build! I can't figure out why his SLI bridge is where it is, though, and why it appears to be a 3-card connector bridging the two cards. I thought it was just unusual cards at first but I'm pretty sure I can see the normal SLI connector spot there on the card. Is there another way to do it?
Also pretty impressed with the front/face replacement. Giving me ideas, argh! This is also all adding weight to my investigations into a 6040 CNC - but thats for a future worklog
UPDATE - Custom HDD Bay Continued
As part of the fixing for the custom HDD bay the stands will slot into the lower part of the bay. I very carefully drilled and tapped two of my precious stands:
Phew! Spot on
Initial rough sanding, they're not looking too bad
Starting to remove the sticker from the other two stands and clean them up, you can see how messy the wet-sanding gets in this shot
Nearly done, they look nice together!
Here's an interesting shot taken during the wet-sanding. I think this is possibly a manifestation of the lichtenberg effect, where static electricity i'm generating with sanding friction is discharging and creating the pattern. Cool huh?
The next step is seperating and cleaning up the two panel pieces of the HDD bay. Here they are apart and ready for cleaning up:
Unlike with the smaller piece stickers, these one were annoying to get off! It did this:
I tried a few things to get the gunk off and it was looking like it was going to be a major pain, but pulled out the turps and it came off quickly after that! Gunk removed, before and after shots of initial sanding:
Time to drill and tap into the side of the pieces, but yet again I was paranoid I was going to stuff it up and ruin the pieces. Did yet another test run on a piece of scrap to make sure it was going to work as expected – and it did:
Trying to find the right way to secure the piece for drilling. I decided to clamp the piece inbetween a few pieces of wood to help stabilise it and make the drilling accurate, still wasn’t secure enough though:
Then I remembered my trusty drill press vise! Perfect
Marked, center-punched and checked a thousand times – getting ready to drill:
Even though I was confident I’d measured and accounted for everything, this pretty much describes how I felt – along with the “easy..easy...easy” line to go with it
Nothing to worry about after all
I used a larger drill bit to create a countersink in the stands:
First test fit – I’m pretty happy!
..and lets end this update with a shot of both stands attached to the lower plate of the HDD bay:
Looking forward to hearing what you guys think! Hope you’re all well
My god man...
I know every update people harp on about your skills...
But it is well deserved! Looking good, Saate!
I can't wait to see the finished product.
Seal of approved awesomeness.
Awesome work - to see all the "big" bits coming together and looking so nice.
damn you tho for making me lookup and research lichtenberg effect/figures. In another life I worked in a darkroom and remember the same pattern on xray films caused by static discharge ofrom my fingertips.
WOW! That is excellent. Looking good.
Aluminium work looks great.
You are going to need to decide what finish to put on the aluminium, to stop it corroding. Also whether that coat is done pre-assembly or afterwards.
Pre-assembly would be much better because the (internal) edges won't be exposed, so corrosion won't be able to creep in (eg: from near the slots where the legs bolt onto the main plate). The BIG hassle is that clear coats (sprayed automotive clearcoat. or clear powdercoat) are pretty thick. So you need to allow extra clearance where parts bolt or slot together, or they won't assemble correctly.
One excellent solution would be to get the final pieces clear anodised, as this doesn't alter the dimensions. You can choose a variety of finishes (shiny, matt, etc). You can choose to retain the grain (from sanding) or have that chemically removed. The main tricks to good anodising results are that all the parts must be made from the same grade of aluminium, and that they get processed at the same time (same anodising run)... othewise matching will be problematic (I've had this problem in numerous industrial design projects).
Anodising is kind-of an electroplating process. To get anodising and plating done without leaving any marks from the hanging wires, you just leave a bolt screwed into a tapped hole in each item. The platers tie the wire onto this bolt to support the item in the bath, so your piece gets 100% coverage. Sometimes you will have to add a tapped hole somewhere that is hidden, so this can be achieved. The bolt cannot be steel... just make it a metric thread and let them sort out what to screw in there (I think they use aluminium or brass bolts, cannot remember).
Full matt anodising really looks cool, which is done by etching then anodising (you need to choose how much machining marks remain via prior sanding). They do gloss by chemically brightening. And the anodised colours really pop....
come on Saate, i wanna see the finish product. stop teasing us!
nah as i said before, take your time, loving the work.
P.S. "the3coopers" - always full of good info this guy!
Thanks for the compliment.
I should blog those kinds of posts or something. I am all enthusiastic when I write them, then I forget all about them and the info just slips away into archives.
Read through 63 pages tonight. This build log is amazing! I cannot wait to see the finished product.
Have only just looked thru this thread. OOOOOHHHH YEEEEHHHHH tool porn hehehe looking awesome there Saate, though I really don't envy how much filing you have done on the project. But thankfully its ally .. not steel
im waiting anxiously!
Bit of a special update today, I've made progress on the build but instead wanted to share something special that happened over the weekend - the vengeful disapproving girlfriend and I got engaged!
When I was talking to Pieceofchance about my plans he said I never do things in halves, which was pretty spot on
I got into contact the comedy group, Tripod, leading up to the Canberra Comedy Festival and after some planning here's what went down:
Went so much better than I expected! I was pretty nervous being in the spotlight (literally) in front of 300+ people, but somehow managed to keep it together and get a few laughs.
Here's a shot of us with the Tripod guys after the show:
Really happy! I'll get to a proper update in the next few days but just had to share
Good on ya, Saate!