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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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    Yeah that's a good point, I actually don't think that there is that many mods out there that is easy upgradeable. It's more fun to build a new :)

    I just hope the hardware have survived the countless test mounts. I should probably to a testrun to make shure it still works.

    Thanks a lot:thumb:

    Thanks Angel :) That was very encouraging words from a big modder like you and I really apreciate it. It's always nice to get this kind of feedback that keeps the modding spirit going:thumb: Reps for you my friend

    Thank you very much Watchtown. Inspiring others is one of my goals so its nice to hear that I do
     
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  2. Autti

    Autti New Member

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    USB3 would be annoying as it has 9 wires instead of 4, making such tight spaces like this a headache to work with. Certainly do-able though with Gnu's skills.
     
  3. towelie

    towelie How do I Internet!!

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    So impressed with this build it has literally blown my mind. You sir a True craftsman

    Cannot wait to see the end result.
     
  4. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Thanks..:thumb: Then Im glad I wont use USB3 since there isn't too much space left in this case for som extra cables.

    Oh my.. didn't expect towelie to read my log. Thank you very much:thumb:
     
  5. craig - toyoracer

    craig - toyoracer Member

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    Love it. Your detailed planning and precision machining results in perfect connectors. :)

    Very well done work. :clap:
     
  6. Vo0Ds

    Vo0Ds Fake potato

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    I've just invested several hours of my day reading the log from the beginning, 26 pages in and getting close to the end I guess! Can't wait to see some colour on this work of art; you sir are an artist and a craftsman, bloody well done.
     
  7. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Thanks a lot craig:thumb:

    wow, you read through it all. Thank you very much for showing that much interest and I hope youll stay tuned and that you will like the end aswell. Not much left now :)

    Thanks yet again:thumb:
     
  8. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    OHHH




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    GAWD!!!!





    :rock:
     
  9. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    TH

    AAANKS!!

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    Time for another update.
    How to connect the USB ports have long been an issue I havn't been shure how to solve since there isn't that much space left down by the foot. And I also want the cablemanagement to be as tidy as I can get it, but small spaces and nice cablemanagement dosn't go hand in hand too often. Anyway I decided to fabricate my own usb cable using my all time favorite, black hot glue :dremel:

    There is quite a lot of pictures, but the reason for that is to try to explain the whole process of how it was done.

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    Since I still don't own a hot air gun I had to go "el romantico" style
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    Shaping the glue while still hot with some angle brackets. To make shure the glue didn't stick to the aluplates, I prepped them with a very thin layer of cooking oil. If you got greasy fingers it will probably do just as good.
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    Some finetuning of the holder.
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    This is how the powerconnector was from the start. It was way to stiff so I removed it from the mainboard. I removed the heatshrink and replaced the cables with some softer black ones to match the rest of the cables. Desoldering those cables from the mainboard was a pain in the ass. Must have been some special solder cause it took a lot of heat and a long time. At one point I was shure the copper traces were goin to come off, but I managed to save them in time.
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    New cables in place
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    Ther reason the cable is so.. vobbly in the middle is because It need to be bent at a slight angle to match the connector on the mainboard. And since it's a flat cable in a vertical possition (standing up) Its impossible to get a nice bend.
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    Yet some more modification of the foot. Added a slot for the cable.
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    I deliberatly made the slot a little smaller than the cable to allow the flex in the cable to hold it in place.
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    I still need to do something about the routing of the power cables, because they are in the way of some of the other cables as they are now.
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    And as A finalt note.
    I've encountered a major issue with the alu Alloy im using in the front squares. It's 6082 aluminium, and when I bought it a long time ago I asked the supplier if it was good for machining and anodizing. Yes they said and I was happy with that.

    It just realised the other day when reading some alloy specifications that alloy 6082 is ok for "anodizing" but not recomended for "decorative anodizing". :wallbash: The thing is that there is a risk of a spotty surface because of the extra substances added to make it mor suitable for machining. From now on I will always buy 6063 alloy (its good for anodizing and has a sligthly better thermal conductivity)

    I've not yet talked to my anodizer about this but hope he have some tips on how I can make it Less vissible. Im hoping that maybe a more heavy brushed surface can hide some of it.

    This is the spotty surface im afraid I might get:
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    Some think it looks good but It's not what I intended.

    So is there anyone of you guys out there that have experience on anodizing 6082? Any tips?
     
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  10. Gtek

    Gtek Doesn't raise the bar; he IS the bar.

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    :D you must enjoy building it so much... I do, just watching it :D:thumb:
     
  11. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    You bet I do...:D
    And thanks for watching
     
  12. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    More sweet crazy cable work :jawdrop::D:thumb:.
     
  13. PureSilver

    PureSilver E-tailer Tailor

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    I... I have no words. +rep!
     
  14. Nutman

    Nutman Never stuck with stock

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    +rep for the hot-glued USB connector. It's simply way too cool. Period.
     
  15. craig - toyoracer

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    Just sweet. :)

    Good luck with the anodizing, different alloys will be tougher to get even finish. Darn it.
     
  16. peteski

    peteski long live the pc

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    man your skills amaze me they really do +rep to you mate and keep up the good work :rock::rock::rock:
     
  17. Livio

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    Amazing precise job!

    I am sure there is some way to apply some kind of layer on the ally before the final anodizing.
     
  18. quizz_kid

    quizz_kid Squid

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    Amazed as I can be... look at that DIY usb cable!!!!! woooooosssssshhhhh :jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop:
    Like the candle pic btw, very romantic... now we´re talking passionate :D
     
  19. phinix

    phinix RIP Waynio...

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    Freaking brilliant, I love it:)
     
  20. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    oh boy...

    that right angled usb connector is just... Incredible.

    I don't know how you do it. It's just all so amazing. Me: jealous. You: rock. :rock:
     

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