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Scratch Build – In Progress GET A LIFE - COMPLETED

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by The_Gnu, 17 Nov 2010.

  1. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Nice to hear your looking into aluminium. It's a really nice material to work with, especially for this kind of community where everybody doesn't have acess to large machinery but still can machine alu with simple tools. Sometimes, when machining it, It can be a bit too soft though.

    I assume you have been looking at normal hardware stores, where the only sell these thin profiles for DIY homestuff, like tables and windows. Try searching the firms more dedicated to industrial metall. Ill send you a PM later.

    Thanks guys:thumb:

    Thanks for the input. The first plan was to have one of the "pixels" on the front act as a touchswitch, but I don't want to destroy the surface of the pixel by drilling a hole in it. Therefore the switch will probably be on the top of the sidecover. Not shure if it will be a touch switch or a mechanical but if i decide for a touch, I will do something similar to what you described. Im thinking of drilling a hole and inserting a smaller piece of e.g. stainless steel that will be the conductor

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  2. Angel OD

    Angel OD Pump Killer

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    Frikkin love it! :rock:

    I want to see this worklog go on and on so... Please don't get a life! :thumb:
     
  3. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Hahaha Im actually surpriced there havn't been more life jokes in this thread.
    Im sorry to dissapoint you though, but Im planing to get this thing done in a much shorter time than Protohype. But if your lucky, Ill encounter some major setbacks. Nothing I've planed though
     
  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    YOUCrazyman!
     
  5. asura

    asura jack of all trades

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    Congratulations on the Pico-ITX competition win, the concept sounds absolutely, alliteratively awesome! Can't wait for you to get started on it, will it be concurrent with get a life, or do you plan on finishing here first?

    Fantastic progress by the way, I love the honking thick bits of Al you're using!
     
  6. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    YOU call me crazy?:eyebrow::lol:

    What I won?:jawdrop: Wohoo I Need to check my mail.
    Well in that case there is some planing needed ofcourse, I will do that while I finish this project. But the major building will start once this one is done. Hm.. time to start sketching and planing that long awaiting furnace:D
     
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  7. asura

    asura jack of all trades

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    Planning a bit of casting are we? You just never cease to impress!
     
  8. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    You bet I do:D. I actually tried som lost wax casting on the center alu ring on the DVDdrive for Protohype. However I wasn't able to achieve the shape I wanted so I saved my money and bought a lathe instead.
     
  9. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    Any one who walks about with a bomb over his shoulder impresses me, thats for sure.
     
  10. SPNKR

    SPNKR Pretty Good Kid

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    Hey man, just saw you won the competition for that kit with a sick new idea!!!! I couldn't think of a better winner, I can't wait to see more passive cooled goodness. :D

    In the meantime, Getalife is looking better and better. Great metalwork as usual. :thumb:

    Have you figured out what you are going to do with the coloring yet?

    Have fun,
    SPNKR
     
  11. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Or it could be a sign of insanity, It's all in the eye of the beholder:thumb:

    Thanks a lot for your support:thumb:
    Regarding the coloring, I will go for a light brushed surface anodized in black,green and natural(silver). I think those colors will look good together and hopefully resemble the original but with a more exclusive feeling to it.
     
  12. asura

    asura jack of all trades

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    Aye, poured casting on complex/detailed forms often gets pretty poor results, have you looked at centrifugal casting, or vacuum casting? Bit of a high outlay cost, but you get much better results.
     
  13. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    I havn't lookt at any of those methods but I will do that. Not shure I wanna experiment on it though since it sounds like there might be some risks involved. I think regular pouring will do fine in my case as the plan is to keep the shape pretty simple. And I'll have to make shure to make a good mold design.
     
  14. Korvus

    Korvus May contain traces of sanity.

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    Keep it up, you continue to impress and inspire :D Can't wait to see this finished.
     
  15. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Thanks, it's allways nice to inspire people to make something their own.
     
  16. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Been doing some more work on the sides of the case.

    These pieces were fabricated from an old and broken roadsign I acuired (legaly) a couple of years ago.It had probably ben standing outside for 10 years before finaly ending up in my project. First there was some cleaning needed since it was covered in dirt and oxide, but soon I had a fresh looking piece of alu.

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    I milled a grove on the opposite side of the squarebar, this way I can split it in two and get two similar pieces.
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    This is how it was split.
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    And ofcourse the obligatory test fitting
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    Cee ya
     
  17. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Looking excellent & getting closer Gnu :).
     
  18. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    This really is an amazing bit of engineering. how much does it weigh? There's quite a lot of metal in this thing.
     
  19. Watchtown

    Watchtown What's a Dremel?

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    your a milling genious :p very nice looking parts ::blush::
     
  20. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    More great sides seem to have burst my sides with pleasure...
     

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