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Scratch Build – In Progress Espresso - [Completed]

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Dot_Kappa, 15 May 2015.

  1. Dot_Kappa

    Dot_Kappa 100% Puppet

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    I would like to show you the last scratch build I did some years ago :)
    I saw pc- case in every objects and I like to recycle old aplliance...

    Maybe at this point , looking at the name of the project, you already understand something :D

    I found this old, and dead, coffe machine and immediatly I fall in love with the stainless steel case :naughty:


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    The upper side is desoldered , and not aligned to the lower one.
    The stainless steel is 1mm thick but to strong to be bended so I decided to rotate the case and cut some parts away

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  2. Herodj95

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    I think that i have already heard that name..!! :hehe:
     
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  3. Dot_Kappa

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    @HeroDj

    Probably :lol:



    The case size is 300x260x180 mm , I am going to use an integrated vga becuase it's not a pc for gaming but the integration will be challenging due tu the low internal space and rounded corner.

    Mobo try is very easy and poor ...it' s made with some alluminium bars, cutted and bended by hand, and obviously spacers.

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    I/O rear panel is made with alluminium 1mm thick.
    This is a picture with the sheet already cutted but to be refined and drilled to hold all the mobo connections, psu switch and rear fan


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    After some cutting and drilling....

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  4. Darkwisdom

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    I've seen some pretty odd things used as a PC case - old radios, desks, even older televisions and tablets, console cases. But a coffee machine? That's a new one on me. I hope you try to keep as much of the machine visible as possible, I also think the case looks pretty cool.
     
  5. Dot_Kappa

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    @Darkwisdom

    Is not an integration, at the end the only thing left will be the case.
    The vertical standing doesn't match with my plan ;)


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    PSU is a standard one (no brand).... but must be reduced a little.
    I removed the rear side with fan and connectors.
    I just keep one side of the orignal psu-case , but it was too high so has been bended and cutted to avoid contact with heat sinks

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    In this picture PSU is in position.(red arrow point out the sound blaster protected from short-circuit with a plastic sheet taken from an old psu).
    You can see different power-cable with faston, taken from the original coffe machine.

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    All the cables has been shortened and resoldered.
    PSU is fixed on the mobo-side to the vga-pciEX port with a special adapter :D
    It's an old ISA card o something similar, I don't remember, cleared from old components and connections.

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  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Someone else re-purposing stainless steel containers? :thumb: cool! Love your I/O cutout work.
     
  7. Dot_Kappa

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    @ Cheapskate

    #stainless-steel #lovers :naughty:


    I need a mesh for the front side, but here in Italy it's difficult to find "small" pieces because usually producers don't take care about request for small orders coming from a private person instead of company.

    But I want that mesh, and finally I found this fantastic waste basket , ready to be offered up for the modding cause :D


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    Ready to be cutted

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    And....here it is

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    Nice, but it seems naked...:rolleyes: till I get inspration from a hot-rod's grill

    I' ve made 8 pieces from a single allumiunm rod

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    Drilled and cutted to be bended :naughty:
    The gap will be filled up later with epoxy glue


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  8. Dot_Kappa

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    Each rod is fixed with 3 smal screws


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    The grill is quite ready but now it's time to create a new top because the previous one has been cutted.
    I tried to make a plexy version but it was not good so I decided to play with wood from fir tree because it' s easy to be worked.

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    Top is made by 3 pieces fixed with four angle brackets


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    This is the first version but, as you can see, I had some problem with the file


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    This is the second and final version :clap:


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    There is a gap of 3mm between the top and the case due to the rods. I had to create the right "housing" in the wood to resolve this issue....


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    Top rev2 with usb , power button and dvd-rom's door


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    I had to make the hole for led-power and eject button.
    Top will be be painted ;) but before this step I had to show you something about power button and the new cpu cooler :naughty:

    See you soon
     
  9. Nexxo

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    Hmmm... I is intrigued.
     
  10. Dot_Kappa

    Dot_Kappa 100% Puppet

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    Let's talk about cpu cooler .
    My old AMD Athlon 3200 comes with the classic standard cooler, it does it's job in a perfect way but it's not so cool especially if you consider that I want to show it



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    The space is not a lot (size are in mm), and I need also a solution to improve the airflow because it's not enough with only one fan on the rear side.
    After checking size of several coolers I found this Zalman on sold

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    Cooler in place!!
    In this position the airflow is from down to top and it helps to cool down the psu

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    To avoid contact between cooler and psu's chassis I used thi thin plastic sheet

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  11. leonetu

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    Nice build without too much bling and just pure ingenuity! - Subbed!

    Are you considering some sort of cover for the multicolored IO rear side?
     
  12. Cown

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    Recycling RULES! Awesome idea, like the way you fitted the mobo to the frame :thumb:
     
  13. Dot_Kappa

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    @ Leonetu

    Thanks for watching :lol:
    I didn't plan any cover for the IO but I' ll add some "details" :naughty:



    @Crown
    Thanks :)
    I try to recycle objects and materials when it's possible
    I just saved two amazing allumium sheet (3mm thick ) from trash :eeek:

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    In the previous pics I gave you a little teaser about the area around the cooler, so let's proceed playing with some cardboard.


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    "Approved to execute " :D

    I copied the cardboard measures to an allumiunm sheet 1 mm thick


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    After some bending with some pieces of wood and a vise , here it is....

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    A this point I have two choices to fit the frame :

    A -The easy way is to remove a big allumium section, but it' not stylish :nono:

    B - Make two little "windows" for the pipes


    "B" with no doubts :dremel:

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    A little bit of grinding to fit it perfectly with case' shapes


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    This littel panle is fixed to the rear side with some screws


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    Ta- Daaaaaa :clap:

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  14. Vinch

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    That is some serious cooler display. Congrats :thumb:

    Will the rest of the mobo still get airflow though?
     
  15. Dot_Kappa

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    @ Vinch

    Thanks
    I like zalman's cooler design . Also CNPS 9900 is nice but it is too big for my mod

    The case works in a "negative setup" , it means all the fans ( zalman and rear one ) suchs air from in to out.
    You had to consider that the front of the case is a big grill.
    I think the airflow is enough , I had no problem till now... surely could be better but it's not a extreme config :)
     
  16. Mockingbird

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    This is excellent.
     
  17. S7design

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    this is one good build. Keep up the good work!


    and now many more trash can must die for the sake of their mesh bodies :D
     
  18. Dot_Kappa

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    @ Mockingbird

    Thanks ;)


    ahahaha :D
    We can start selling trash can for modders :hehe:

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    To avoid damage to the cables from the cooler's fan I put a rubber seal ( it's simply a rubber pipe cutted from one side)


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    Two more cover left.
    Let's sart from the one at bottom of the cooler, but this time no more alluminium.
    This is the cardboard version


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    And this the poliver one, ready to be wrapped :naughty:


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    Matte black film (not so matte as I thought , but it's good )

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    I made the mobo cover with poliver too, but it's not easy to take a perfect bend :wallbash:

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    I made some "housing" to fit in the chassis (Does "housing" sound in english? :worried:)

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    Once in place it was not so good..look at this :duh: :eyebrow:

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    For the secon version I used a thin palstic sheet, like this one :D

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    Easy to cut and to be fixed (just with some cylindrical magnets )

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    It rocks :rock:

    See you soon
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  19. S7design

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    well we could for sure get the modders cans up for sale :D But would need to get nice square or round cans, im using some coned ones and its a bit tricky working with them as the mesh in not in a straight line, but for €5 per can it beats the hell of buying automotive bumper mesh for € 30 per 1mx30cm piece :D
     
  20. dancingbear84

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    I really like this. Simple yet massively effective and recycled. Double win.
     

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