Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Attila, 18 Sep 2008.
that is godly work. i love it
it turns out more than i expected! cool and slick design
are you gonna paint the mobo board?
No, no painting, I like the look of aluminium too much. About as far
as I'm willing to go is a coat of clear, or maybe anodising.
I die a little every time I see someone spray the inside
of a Lian Li.
So I was about to make a start on the back panel and then thought
that I should do something about the closing mechanism.
Very simple design it's just a question of making the bits.
Just a rough drawing first.
Then a proper layout on some 3mm plate for the arms.
Then cutting out with a hacksaw.
Then arriving at the final shape with some files.
And here's the two arms of the catch.
Then the body is laid out (this time on 2mm sheet), cut, filed and bent.
And then we have all the components for a catch (one of two).
And the finished product. Should look good after it's cleaned up.
Just have to drill some holes to mount them to the back plate.
It works well and flicks back with a solid click.
Must go now and make the other body.
That turned out really well, nice job.
Nice, very very nice
Nicely done there.
Very Nice oldnewby!
Modders making their own latches - what is the world coming to? Excellently done.
Thank you all.
Finished the second catch.
The next step was to have been the back panel but I made a really bad error, and
unfortunately it can't be saved. So I must wait a few days until there is time to go
and get another piece of 3mm plate.
In the mean time work started on the small panel to hold switches and I/O gear.
These are the items that will be attached to this panel, large power button with
blue light, small reset button with red light (this will be connected to HD activity connectors).
And the I/O module.
The panel is on 3mm plate.
Now I don't have drills big enough for the switches so they will be filed to the
right size. Don't need to go crazy here because both sides of these holes will
That's all the holes done to a rough state.
And it looks OK even before sanding and cleaning up.
Now I have to go and cut through the two front panels to accommodate
the switches and wiring.
I too are a fan of a nice piece of alu, needs to look nice though. The alu in my LEXA had no "texture" no hair line brushing so I chose to cover than bad alu with paint lol. Even the brushed alu front of a LEXA is in fact plastic, not alu.
Switch panel looks great. Nicely spaced, nicely laid out.
Oh no you don't! How dare you gloss over the "really bad error", especially after showing us the beautifully made catches, and before that cool front panel stuff! You think we wouldn't notice, if you just slipped it in there? Personally, as much as I love seeing the excellent craftsmanship, I enjoy seeing the errors as well (to learn from & to recognize the humanity in all of us, even the crazy perfectionistas seen here on bit-tech!)
So what happened to the back panel?
And in case you missed it, I'm liking your work! I'm curious to see how the catches will fit into the overall case.
some incredable alu work!
you may consider filing down, or replacing the standoffs for the usb/firewire module so it sits flush with the front of the plate, or perhaps countersinking it. i believe it would look much nicer. i really like some of the ideas you came up with for your design. looking forward to seeing some more.
that switch panel looks amazing Really like the look of the plain alu.
Keep it up
Wow, nice stuff you're making.
I'm going to follow this 1 for sure.
BTW, should you make a vid or such with this comp, add this to your background music; Youtube; Cygnus X - Superstring from Rank1
Props for the startled bear on the top of the plate.
Nice metalwork, man. This is coming along excellent! The catches look awesome.
Extremely tasty. I like how you really use the sheet aluminium's properties to guide the construction of the case, and how well finished it all is.
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