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Scratch Build – In Progress Dark Vortex - 11th May - Drive Rack, Lettering

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by GuardianStorm, 11 Sep 2006.

  1. GuardianStorm

    GuardianStorm Active Member

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    Well, as I am at university at the moment, I am not able to make much stuff on my mod. However I can still design stuff, and do PIC dev.

    For this project, I am making two controllers, one Light Controller and one Fan controller, using PICs.

    So for this I am using my PICKit 2 programmer/debugger, with my own dev board:
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    I also bought an LCD from One~Zero (bit-tech forum member) which is a pled, and thus is black with green text which will fit nicely into my theme:
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    I have also designed a circuit to go with the program I am working on, and have made it up in Proteus - ISIS:
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    (Click for full size)

    I then spent some (read a lot) of time designing the circuit board for this in Proteus - ARES:
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    ^ The circuit fits on the same size board as the LCD, with the keypad being separate, allowing for use of a sub circuit if necessary (I might use a Qprox IC for touch buttons).
     
  2. TapperSwe

    TapperSwe New Member

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    This looks very interesting keep it up.
    One question have u decided on color of leds in the feets? Blue would look nice, it would give them an icey look, especially if u frost them like u said u would.
     
  3. GuardianStorm

    GuardianStorm Active Member

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    Thanks for the idea, but i think they will be dark green, which will go well with the rest of the case theme.

    I also happen to have a 1000 pack of Green LEDs that i bought for this project, so i might as well use them up :)
     
  4. Infenro

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    nice liking the looks of this
     
  5. TapperSwe

    TapperSwe New Member

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    Ofcorse, with a green display on front i agree with u that green leds would look better ,and if u got 1000 of them i guess u wont run out of leds in this project, lol .
    By the way i realy like those brackets.
     
  6. GuardianStorm

    GuardianStorm Active Member

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    The Light Controller

    I ordered a lot of stuff from Rapid Electronics:
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    And I spent some time redrawing my PCB layout onto a 0.1 inch grid.
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    My idea was to create a PCB style circuit using copper matrix board (as opposed to single direction tracks like on varoboard):
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    The first components are soldered onto the board:
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    Then I created tracks using lots of solder:
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    More tracks added:
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    And Completed Tracks:
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    This is the finished board complete with PIC16F917:
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    There is an ICSP socket on the right for the PICKit2 Programmer/Debugger that I own, to make development a lot easier.

    This is the development setup I use:
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    You can see the PICKit2 plugged into the ICSP Socket, and the lovely LCD that I got from One~Zero.

    Just testing:
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    Case Chassis
    I have discovered a small shop near me that sells aluminium fairly cheaply, so I will at some point (next week probably) I will buy myself some, and 'upgrade' the chassis to aluminium.

    Comments, Questions and Suggestions welcome as ever.
     
  7. Hugo.B

    Hugo.B New Member

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    The solder tracks look like an early map of the London Underground.
    The final picture looks really good.


    H.B.
     
  8. Guest-23315

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    Nice soldering!
     
  9. wbdog206

    wbdog206 not me

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    nice job
     
  10. dacust

    dacust What's a Dremel?

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    I'm a noob when it comes to building electronic circuits. Never saw a board built that way. Cool!
     
  11. elbarto241

    elbarto241 New Member

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    if you dont mind telling us, how much did you spend on that board? i might be interested in building something like that in the near future and your input would be helpful
     
  12. KaotiK

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    Looks great :D:thumb:
     
  13. GuardianStorm

    GuardianStorm Active Member

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    Thanks for all the positive comments guys :)

    @elbarto: probably around £10ish, I had a lot of the parts already.

    Chassis Rebuild

    The reason for me rebuilding the case chassis is that I was not happy with the structural properties of the old one, which was easily miss shapen, and could bend easily. I am also replacing the steel panels with Aluminium to prevent rusting.

    I went to a small 'shop' on the industrial estate near my house the other day, and bought some Aluminium:
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    ^ 1m x 2m x 1mm Sheet

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    ^ 3/8" x 3/8" x 4m Square Section x2

    It was quite a challenge getting that back home in my Peugeot 306...I ended up with the Square section sticking out the front passenger’s window, and the sheet on the back seat/boot/out the boot & bungeed in. It was very windy that day too :eek:

    Back in the garage, set up some music...now I use pc speakers (old set) and my MP3 Player (Sansa e280...iPod eat your heart out):
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    I also managed to find the Mitre Saw, and set that up on the workmate outside in the drive to cut the Square Section with:
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    And here is the result of my sawing:
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    ^ 4.5m of Alu in a much shorter space! (Pre filing)

    I then used some of the old case chassis to create the supports for past of the case:
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    Next I tapped the ends of the Alu (M3). To help with this, I used some good old 3-in-1 oil, which makes the tapping process so much easier.
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    This is a shot of a finished (mostly) joint using the L section to allow all three pieces of Alu in each corner to meet properly:
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    And a final shot of the new case chassis:
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    Let me know what you think :)
     
  14. mattthegamer463

    mattthegamer463 New Member

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    This project is coming along very well. I bow to your PIC circuit skillz.

    PS w00 Breaking Benjamin!
     
  15. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    this is looking very nice. its good to see the rebuild of the chasis. i think the overall design is very goodd and doesnt over do anything. but i do hope to see something covering the fan on the front though. i saw you said you were going to use hex mesh. are you going to use a.c. ryan mesh, or the "original modders mesh"?
     
  16. GuardianStorm

    GuardianStorm Active Member

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    @500mph:

    Neither actually! This is what I will be using:
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    It cost me about £2 and has all the mesh i should need. I will also put some kind of dust filter behind it too.
     
  17. dacust

    dacust What's a Dremel?

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    Now THAT is TRUE modder's mesh. It'll look great.
     
  18. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I wonder how many Ikea trash cans have died in the name of casemodding... That's one hell of a nice mitre saw rig too. You people need to quit showing me cool tools! I'm already out of room!
     
  19. GuardianStorm

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    not Ikea (i have never been) its from a shop near me called "Range" they sell all kinds of crap, a kind of anything they can get cheap...its an odd place, but its cheap :)

    Edit:
    found a link to their site: http://www.therange.co.uk/
     
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  20. SPQQKY

    SPQQKY Evil Modder

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    LOL. I bought a can just like that. Still don't know how I am going to implement it into my mod (if at all) but for $2.50 US, I figure it'll go to use somewhere down the road. Dig the board, never seen anyone use solder like that. Keep up the good work.
     

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