Case Mod - In Progress ⭐ Achromodic - by Boddaker

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  1. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Love the added depth the lit webbing has. It makes it look like a bottomless hole in that picture.
     
  2. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    Amazing. The chrome looks killer too.
     
  3. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    The guys at EVGA sent over one of there new Z10 keyboards to mod, along with an X5 mouse and killer Torq mouse pad. :) I will of course be adding some webbing to the Z10 and painting it white so it matches the theme.
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    And I finally got my chromed parts in! Unfortunately, some of the parts didn't get my seal of approval and will have to be sent back to be re-done. But here are the pieces that were acceptable.. the CPU block from CM's Maker 240 kit:
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    The GPU bezel came out awesome:
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    And both Zadak memory caps and SSD trim piece were acceptable..
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    The motherboard tray was ok, but has issues too. luckily most of them will be hidden by the motherboard itself. But I was able to set it in place and see how it looked with all the light panels on: (sorry the camera in my phone sucks for lighting so everything is blown out)
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    Shot of the finished front panel:
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    And some better pics after extensive photoshopping lol:
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    Still need some adjustment here and there, and I can now mark the bottom panel for cabling holes and such.
     
  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    The mobo looks like it's about to get the anime tentacle treatment.
    :duh: I said too much again.
     
  5. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    Well, I finally have some progress to show. I've been working on an idea for the back panel, but had to scrap several failed attempts, mainly due to 3D printing woes. But now that I revised my plan, redesigned the model, and fixed my printer, I finally have a workable piece!
    The idea was to fill the center of the back panel with a bunch of random, extruded, clear organic shapes that will be backlit by the 140mm fans. Simple enough! ...well not really. :p

    First, I had to come up with a 3D model, so I created a cluster of organic shapes derived from the webbed motherboard tray and fan grills. It's basically a reverse of that, in where the holes are now the solids. I then designed the cluster to be stackable end to end, making a seamless pattern so I could stack four of them to fill in the back panel. Here is the 3D printed quarter section:
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    It fits nicely in the frame of the back panel.
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    In order to make duplicates of this in clear resin, I need to make a silicone mold of it. So first I coat it with XTC to smooth out the print.
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    While that cures, I whip up a quick box for the mold.
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    Doing some volumetric calculations, I realize my box is too big for the small amount of silicone I bought, so I used some dense foam pieces to fill in around the print. Now I should be able to cover the entire piece without running out.
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    I'm using a product from Smooth-On called OOMOO 30, which is a 2-part silicone rubber. Very easy to work with, just mix both parts 1:1 ratio. Working time is 30 minutes, cures in about 6hrs. .. but why do I feel the need to play Portal 2 now? :p
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    Once mixed thoroughly, it turns to a uniform purple color. Some products require the use of a vacuum chamber to degas the mixture (remove all the bubbles), but this OOMOO stuff is formulated for beginners and doesn't really need it, due to it's low viscosity.
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    After spraying on some mold release, we're ready to pour! Going around the edges with a long slow pour and letting the silicone flow into the piece by itself helps prevent any bubbles from forming.
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    Now we wait while it cures.
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    The next day I came back and started the demold process. I quickly found out that it was going to be impossible to get the print out in one piece. I could work it loose all around the edges, but the center was locked and I was starting to tear in places in between the towers. So I had to cut around each one and remove them one at a time.
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    All out! Didn't take too long, but now I have to rethink my plan of making a resin copy all at once, because I won't be able to get it out of the mold in one piece. I will have to divide it up into smaller parts, or even do each shape individually.
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    Next update will hopefully show some successful resin replicas of the original print. Fingers crossed!
     
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  6. _Prometheus_

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    Wow! :jawdrop: Cool!:thumb:
     
  7. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Gonna look freaky backlit.
     
  8. Dr. Coin

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    And that is why I love following Bod's Mods, always experimenting with with techniques and equipment.

    If you save the mold and the bits of the master, you have a new puzzle.
     
  9. CAF PCs

    CAF PCs Custom PCs

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    I get a real strong feeling of anger inside when I see Zadak. I believe it's call jealousy. So very sexy
     
  10. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    Thanks guys!

    CAF PC, you may want to look away for this next update then.. :p

    Well I didn't get the resin poured over the weekend (turns out I need a scale to accurately measure out the two-part mixture), so instead I worked on the cabling layout, access holes, and SSD placement.

    Mocking things up, I ran the motherboard cabling down to the floor and marked where they would pass thru to the psu.
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    On the other side under the mobo, I'll be needing an access hole for two USB3.0 cables & ethernet from the IO, as well as an SSD data cable and the HDMI cable from the video card.
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    Luckily both USB and ethernet are located in the same place, so I just need to make one hole.
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    Here's the video card hanging temporarily in place to see how much space is needed between it and the webbing. It also gives me an idea of what shape the mounting bracket will need to be.
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    With everything marked, I could tear it all down again, and start drilling holes in the bottom light panel.
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    I wanted to get the look of individual holes for the sleeved cables, but still have one main hole for each group of cables.
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    For the Zadak SSD, I couldn't find any good place to mount it on the webbing, so I tried placing it right on the floor... but it sticks out too much because it's so thick. So I decided to flush mount it into the floor.
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    Using the scroll saw, I cut a gigantic hole in the bottom light panel.
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    Next, I needed to rout out some extra material at one end to make room for the cables.
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    After some filing, the SSD fits nice and snug.
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    Digging thru my closet o' spare parts, I came across an adata SSD mounting bracket. So I used that to support the SSD underneath.
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    Here it is from the top.
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    Now the SSD sits flush with the top of the light panel, and the cabling is hidden below. :)
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    An overall shot of the bottom light panel with all the access holes drilled, ready for the sleeved cables!
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  11. zak

    zak Build Clean people, build clean

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    If this was black it would look like Venoms symbiote grabbing a mobo. 95% of the time I want my LEDS to be all white, once and i while i might add a dash of color to change it up though. But I would kill for some black LEDS. I dont think there is such a thing....You cant have black light. well a blacklight but not black.....light. lol
     

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