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Scratch Build – In Progress future ne[]n - 100% complete!!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by sethnmalice, 16 Aug 2007.

  1. thriteenthmonkey

    thriteenthmonkey New Member

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    Nice, I like the style
     
  2. IncBot

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    Great effort so far, enjoying the look of this mod.
    Plus well done on the fabrication :D:rock:
     
  3. Macros_the_Black

    Macros_the_Black Yup.. I'm a f-ing reptile

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    Oooo, this is looking very interresting! I love your design drawings, especially the ones of the fangrills, they're so cool!! ¤_¤

    Q: Will you paint (or otherwise alter, like shortening) the "comb tabs" on the front and back plates, so the shape of case come closer to the original design and the MDF case? I'm wondering because I _really_ liked the non rectangular look you had going before, wich I'm sad to say isn't quite as obvious atm. I hope I dont come off as dissing your case now, because I really like what I've seen so far!! :thumb:

    Please keep up the good work and attention to detail! *subscribed*
     
  4. Koradhil

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    Awesome work!
     
  5. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    @Computerking, wow, thnx :) - more to follow soon.

    @thriteenthmonkey, thnx:)

    @IncBot, thnx :)

    @Macros_the_Black, thnx :) - I wanted to do as you've said, but due to my n00bish skills in bending metal, I cant at the moment and if i did do it then i wouldnt have been able to do the next post at all. So I apologise for that, but there's so much going on for that case that you nor anyone has seen yet, the lighting effects will bring new light onto the subject matter when the time arrives, we still in chassis stage, soon it will be wiring and lighting and followed by hardware, money is something i dont have alot of, so in time all will be revealed. - glad you like what you've seen so far :)

    @Koradhil, thnx :)
     
  6. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    UPDATE [21st August 2007]

    Where to begin...

    So I've had some troubles with the Hard drive caddy, but I think I have that sorted now . I havnt continued with it because at the time the cordless drill went flat, so I moved on to other areas in need of attention.

    Like...

    The Design for the side panel, I know I was going to post a few ideas, but i got stuck on the second attempt, and it just kinda worked for me.

    The Design...
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    Subject to Change.

    But thats the idea...

    Cant forget the acrylic...
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    Drawing out the idea...
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    Not exactly the same as the Drawing, but thats only because the way its drawn - was ment for a laser cut, because the inbetween pieces would make filing near impossible and the panel very brittle.

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    Filing new design...

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    More Filing (Dremeling with fine drill bit too)

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    Nearly finished...

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    Pwetty... Me Likes alot, very happy with the outcome.

    Hope to have a completed side panel soon, for show.

    So this took about 5 or 6 hours to do, maybe 4 breaks inbetween and i cant feel my back anymore or my fingers, but hell, it was worth it.

    Thats just one of the three, but the top panel will be different as i have more room to mod with ;)

    More to follow soon :)

    Seth
     
  7. weasal

    weasal New Member

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    since looking at your first design pics you did i have loves all the progress you have made with this case and i eagerly await the end result. keep up the awesome work!
     
  8. Macros_the_Black

    Macros_the_Black Yup.. I'm a f-ing reptile

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    Aah, I see.. no need to apollogize.. we all have to adjust to real life from time to time <=) ..sounds cool, I'm looking forward to it! Heh, I sure can relate to the money issue.. it's the same here. =\

    @ update: once again, cool design.. I love the future/sci-fi look! :cooldude:
     
  9. zr_ox

    zr_ox Whooolapoook

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    WOW this really is a stunning, inovative project.

    When I saw the drawings I just knew that this was going to be something special.
     
  10. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    You're kidding, right?! Yeah, this thing is really taking off. Friggin' nice.
     
  11. C-Sniper

    C-Sniper Stop Trolling this space Ądmins!

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    Very Cool Design. Looks Futuristic. Can't wait to see the finished Case.
     
  12. TNash

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    Still looking awesome. Your design is so original, not something I've seen before. Keep up the great work!
     
  13. ComputerKing

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    OMG really wow! Nice work I loved this project from begining :) well done and show more soon please, good luck.
     
  14. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    I love the look of the side panel. The designing is most often the longest, headache-causing, sleep deprivating phase of the whole build. But when one comes up with a great idea and it all works out, the reward is big. That side panel is something to be proud of. As is the rest of the case. Two :thumb::thumb:
     
  15. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    @weasel, thnx :), glad your liking it so far.

    @Macros_The_Black, thnx :)

    @zr_ox, thnx :), this is the longest project ive ever done, taking my time with everything and trying not to forget anything.

    @E.E.L.Ambiense, No, I'm not kidding, you missed the rest of it though, N00bish skills at BENDING Metal I have an idea that id like to incorporate into the side panels but i would have to bend it, and im hesitant on doing that. Cant bend MDF, or i would have tested the theory out, lol.

    @ C-Sniper, thnx:) and me too.

    @T Nash, thnx:), kinda glad i havnt ripped anyone else off by mistake.

    @Computerking, thnx:) more on the way.

    @jokkos, thnx :), i think the panel has come up much better than i expected it to.
     
  16. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    UPDATE [Saturday 25th August 2007]

    I've spent some time going back and forth on what I have already done and checking to see if its all sound and a couple of things arent, like the two top beams are 1 mm out at one end, and its annoying to see them like that so ill be going back to fix them up,

    Cant remember the last time I did an update so im not sure how many days of modding have passed.

    I worked on a remake of the front facia because i didnt like the add on fan grills, so I incorporated them into the facia, so now its the worlds largest custom dual fan grill!!!! lol.

    Here's a pic...

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    You'll notice im trying to get an fairly even mediumstrip right around the case, much like the very original pic i did and posted in the drawing board section of TMN, I intended on keeping to that plan, and I think Ive sorta kinda done it.
    You will also see the there's a few bits missing, this is only because 1 snapped off in the filing process, so i removed the rest aswell, it still looks ok and increases airflow aswell.

    Next I moved onto the right side panel (looking from the front of the case), I was going to duplicate the other side but have since changed my mind, and I began work on implimenting the name 'future ne[]n' into the side panel.

    As posted earlier, it will look like this....

    NE[future]N - the brackets are a part of the 'O' in neon.

    Lets break it down a bit more...

    ne[]n is about lights and corners wih lights and things with lights and just a whole heap of LIGHTS....did i forget to mention LIGHTS!!!, NEONS, and so forth, and in RED too, my fav color, if you hadnt noticed by now.

    FUTURE - this is in the middle, so all around is neon's n lights and in the heart of it is the future, the case, the hardware, the begining and the ending.

    Thats what the logo represents - thought you'd like to know :)

    The Plan...

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    Drawn and cut out, i was 2 mm short at one end and rather than restart (was winging it at the time of designing) i thought id cut it out and use it as a template.

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    Added it to the pre-cut side window (had this cut a few days before) and shifted it 2mm in the other direction...hopefully now it lines up ok.

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    Remove the template, and re-rule my lines over to get it straight.

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    Now usually I use a proper dremel bit that cuts my acrylic pretty good, this time i decided to use a drill bit, at high speed it cuts to precision and its alot more easier to move through acrylic than the other one (could also be that this drill bit is sharp and the other i use is blunt), so that and a few hand files are my weapons of chioce for this part.

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    Cutting out some letters...

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    And some more letters...

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    And finished, 5 hours later its all done...not too bad either, looks fairly straight so im happy.

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    Added alu background for a bit of bling...

    Its been a great days work, and im buggered, tomorrow its back to the HDD Caddy.

    Seth
     
  17. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    WOW! That's is very very nice work dude! I love this, Can't wait to see more and more work! Kickass!

    Well done and good luck.
     
  18. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Ahh, I see you moved to a drill bit. I was going to reccomend that when I saw you were filing mostly. If you had a router top for that rig you can set up guides too. It cuts the file time down.
     
  19. sethnmalice

    sethnmalice New Member

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    @Computerking, thnx:) have another update ;)

    @Cheapskate, The cutter bit i usually use is really blunt so cutting time takes forever, with a small drill on max speed i just whip through it in no time at all. Have been looking at the router attachment, so many tools and not enough money to buy em all !!
     
  20. sethnmalice

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    UPDATE [Sunday 26th August 2007]

    Today another good day - finished off the HDD Caddy.
    I originally wanted to mount three, but in hind sight, that would have been impossible due to the mounting of the HDD, so now its two.

    Basically created another fram above the motherboard tray to house them in, it also increases the strength on the left and right intermediate beams.

    The Buillding Process...
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    The frame being prep'd.

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    Adding HDD Rails.

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    Quick test fit to make sure it clears the top beams.

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    Completed, After talking to Ric (thnx for the help too :) )I went with a basic format, and drilled some large holes under each drive housing for extra cooling, and raised the HDD a bit.

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    Underside of the HDD Caddy.

    The HDD Caddy isnt going to be rivetted in, instead im going to tap 4 holes and have 4 hex bolt screws fitted, being that if i need to get the HDD Caddy out, I can, also added areas where the IDE or SATA cables can be fed through with ease.

    Side Panel Assembly tomorrow, then got to think of something for the top panel.

    At as of today, just 2 weeks till i get the hardware woot!!!

    Still to do...

    Custom Re-Wire all fans and power switches. (dont have them yet)
    Side and Top Panels.
    Add Acrylic to some pieces within the case.
    Custom Made Case Feet.

    Polish or Paint Chassis....

    Seth
     

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