Case Mod - In Progress Achromodic - by Boddaker

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  1. DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤

    DÈF¥âÑt¸.·´¯`¤ Active Member

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    Sooooo Beautiful mate :thumb:

    These are laser cut? do you supply the design?

    I remember trying to do this exact same thing years ago with a case mod with webbing and gave up.... it was just tooo bloody hard to do by hand.:wallbash:

    You have picked the perfect case to use this on i gotta say :rock:
     
  2. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    Thanks! Yes, laser cut.. I designed everything in Adobe Illustrator and sent Primochill the files to cut. I can imagine doing all this by hand, it would take quite a while! I had also tried to 3D print some of these pieces, but they are so long I'd have to print in sections and glue them all together. Lasercutting seemed to be the quickest and most effective way to handle the job. :)

    Yeah, this case is awesome.. I can't wait to get it all together with both tempered glass panels on and see how it looks. I love being able to see completely through the center of the case. :)
     
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    This is something I wanted to do since I cut the hole in the front panel for the reservoir window. The original CM logo badge was an unfortunate casualty of the hole position and was lost, so I am relocating it down lower. But I didn't want to just move the thin metal badge down and re-glue it, I felt compelled to enhance it.. make a more elegant and fitting badge for this case. :)

    So first step was to establish the center of the panel, and mark the new location of the logo. I had a few small logos cut along with all the other acrylic.
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    Once the logo was on center and traced, it could cut it out. I made sure to keep inside the line so I can trim out to it.
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    Initially using the dremel and then some files, I carefully removed just enough material so the logo fit snugly into the hole.
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    Next I turned the panel over and added a piece of scrap acrylic that I scuffed up to the back of the hole. A single white led in the center should be plenty to light up the logo.
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    I painted the center of the logo badge, but left the outer ring clear, as that is the only part I want illuminated.
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    Here it is with the logo pieces in place over the lit acrylic backing. I didnt want to include the actual Cooler Master lettering, as it's not really necessary. Just the well-known shape of the logo is enough to identify it!
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    Now the front panel is ready for final finishing! As I mentioned in the very first post and as shown in the concept rendering, certain parts will be done in black chrome: the webbing, top and bottom handles, and the front panel. I'll be sending these parts out to a specialty shop to get this done, since I'm not currently set up for chroming lol. Can't wait to see how they all come out! Stay tuned...
     
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    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    So the truffle pattern is getting chromed too? That should look pretty cool, but I don't envy the amount of sanding needed.
    -I'll stay on topic -for now.
     
  5. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    Wow that dremel work looked fiddly. I bet that made you sweat !! your patience levels are reaching Waynio status :) I tell you what it reminds me of..

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    suspended motherboard? sold.
     
  7. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    .... what... in the name of all that is holy.... is that!??!!?!??
     
  8. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    lmao, pig stomach lining. It's used to make faggots etc. *rubs his tummy* I love faggots. Went to a restaurant in Glastonbury a couple of years back and had them every day :D
     
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    Ah, well I hope that is before it's cooked and you don't actually eat it that way lol.. Also the term 'faggots' means something else entirely in the US.. :worried:

    ...Aannnyway, getting back on topic... :D

    Did the painting some weeks ago, just never posted the pics.. so here ya go!

    Getting primer on all the panels.. Ziplines are good for other things too.. like hanging up parts for paint lol
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    After doing the bodywork and priming, it was ready for the white.. but it got cold outside so I had to throw up some viqueen in the garage.
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    After a few coats of paint, it's looking pretty good.
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    Next was the angled side panels.
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    All the parts have sufficiently dried and cured by now. I still have some color sanding/polishing to do, just waiting for a nice day so I can do that outside.

    Until then, I'm getting the other parts ready to send to the chromer's. :)
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    Can't wait to get it all back and see how everything looks!
     
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    Looks awesome all those parts together :)
     
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    Smallish update.. didn't get as much as I wanted to over the weekend, but I did manage a few hours in the garage, so I got two of the four light panels figured out.

    There's not much room behind the bottom panel to do a lightbox of any depth, so it will have to be edge-lit. I added a piece of clear 1/4" acrylic under the 1/8" frosted piece, and ran the led strips around the entire thing, securing it with aluminum foil tape. I then covered the back of it so no light would escape anywhere but the front. The aluminum foil tape is perfect for this as it has zero bleed-thru and is very reflective.
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    For the back panel, there is a bit more room so I can mount the led strips a bit farther back, which will yield more even lighting.
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    testing the lighting on both bottom and rear panels. The fans aren't lit at the moment, but should fill in the center of the back panel nicely.. The bottom is not as bright in the center, but shouldn't be too noticeable once the motherboard tray and all the webbing is in place.
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    Mobo tray design is amazing :clap:
     

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