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Handbuilt aluminium case FINNISHED!! (with pics)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by kong, 19 Aug 2002.

  1. kong

    kong cnc-guy

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    OK, so heres what i got so far...
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    I am working on the front at the mo, plexi with macro-style tint, and a nice clear akasa 80mm fan. Apart from that, I need to finnish the fanbus (four knobs below lcd) and get some stickers for the buttons on the lid (power, reset and cd-open/close). Red leds on right are fan speed indicators.
     
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  2. westeee

    westeee What's a Dremel?

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    1 word 0wnage

    that looks so kool

    it looks like 1 of those super computers in old movies
     
  3. mashie

    mashie The one and only

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    Nice one.

    Did you build it from sheet metal or did you find the base stucture and modded it into something better?
     
  4. kong

    kong cnc-guy

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    Believe it or not, the main body was an old toolbox my dad gave me! He said he got it from the dump about ten years ago.
    Before I got it, I tried to bend some ali into those smooth curves, but it was just too difficult without professional equipment.
     
  5. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    That is very nice Kong ....

    How about some more pics showing what you have done ... please :D

    What are those red things .. and is that 2 power supplys I see in there!?!
     
  6. Cheese

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    Super sweet :D

    r.
     
  7. macroman

    macroman The One

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    This is lookng great, keep us posted :D
     
  8. Risky

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    Quite sinister potentially. maybe you need some rotating parts in there or at least some slowly pulsing lighting.
     
  9. Slink

    Slink B7

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    Your onto a winner there spud

    Keep it up and keep us posted
     
  10. Alaric

    Alaric code assassin

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    what a beast :)

    is the front going to stay open so the hdd is visible or will it be closed off?

    Alaric.
     
  11. War-Rasta

    War-Rasta What's a Dremel?

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    1 of the best i've seen lately!!
     
  12. Hiren

    Hiren mind control Moderator

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    What in the world is that!!!!!! That looks seriously cool :dude:
     
  13. m00min

    m00min What's a Dremel?

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    love that hdd window mod
     
  14. Lord_A

    Lord_A Boom baby!

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    AWESOME
     
  15. kong

    kong cnc-guy

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    WOW, thanks for the support!
    Heres the annotated view, in case you were wondering...
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    Should be able to get some piccies of the front in the next couple of days, but it's not finnished yet. It is just the right size (tinted plexi) to cover those nasty rivets!
    The hard drive was discussed over here if you want a couple of closer piccies.
    Aluminum routing was threaded here but no piccies (sorry)
     
  16. crazy_cow

    crazy_cow What's a Dremel?

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    ive been debating whether or not to make my own ali case but ive been turned off thinking itll be too hard to work with. how hard was it to get it to do what you wanted? any special tools? and what kinda of material did you use? thanks...the case looks amazing...im creamed my shorts when i saw it
     
  17. kong

    kong cnc-guy

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    hmm tough questions. Ok, the main body of the case was actually a tool box already formed into a U shape, so I just cut out the big rectangle i n the front, and used a piece of flat ali for the rear. The lid and base are seperate from this, and are actually bolted together with some threaded rod. Before I got the toolbox I did try to bend some ali, but I think I bought too hard an alloy as I bent around a wooden form (was actually a wooden table in a U shape I got from the dump) using a LOT of cramps to hold it all the way around. The problem was when I took the cramps off, it sprung back to almost flat! If you want to try to bend it yourself, get some softish ali (ask your retailer) which will hold a curve easy. If you want a 90 degree bend, it should be easy with two pieces of wood and some cramps.
    But it is well worth all the effort as you end up with a unique case you can build to any size you want.
    Another tip is to get a "donor case" that you can rip the mobo tray, cd caddy, etc out of.
    Oh yeah, rivets and a rivet gun will be needed to join it all together.
     
  18. DETN8R

    DETN8R What's a Dremel?

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    Nice ****ing case. How hard was it to build?


    Im in the process of Building my own case out some Aluminum Extrusions from 80/20. Im also making all the sides clear with some 1/4" plexi.
     
  19. crazy_cow

    crazy_cow What's a Dremel?

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    are more detailed pics possible?
     
  20. kong

    kong cnc-guy

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    ok people, I was a bit worried about overloading the thread with piccies, but if you want more detail, let me know exactly what, and I'll get them.
     

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