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Scratch Build – In Progress HDJ Project: DGame -- 31/12 FINAL SHOTS --

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Herodj95, 14 Dec 2015.

  1. Herodj95

    Herodj95 New Member

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    Hi all,
    I want to present you my new mod, a scratch build called DGame

    The mod consists to building a case for an "old" laptop motherboard (not really old considering that it mount an i7 processor) with some problems such as the monitor not working very well, there is no keyboard, etc... so, it lived better days :D

    To replace the old laptop case, i have decided to build this

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    So, i start to build the frame

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    To build the frame i have decided to use a piece of aluminium thick 3mm and large 4cm

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    So, it's time to work!
    By the drill press I start to work on this aluminium piece making the air intakes.

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    At the bottom there are 6 holes of 25mm. Starting with little holes:

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    And then i do the 25mm holes

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    On top, there are other air intakes but little bit different

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    To make these i do some little holes

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    Work of file...

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    and that's the result :D

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    Finishing the intakes, i'm going to bend the aluminium with hammer... i'm happy for the result :thumb:

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    to finish... 2 random pics :)

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    So, that's all for the first day of work.

    I hope you like this. Tomorrow i hope to upload other pics:thumb:

    Bye bye,
    HeroDJ
     
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  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Awesome start.:D
    That's an impressive drill press too. I'd give that sooo much grease if it was mine.:lol:
     
  3. Herodj95

    Herodj95 New Member

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    Thanks Cheapskate!
    Yeah, it's an industrial drill press, but unfortunately isn't mine but the laboratory of a company where i work :D
     
  4. Herodj95

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    So, 2nd up! :clap:

    After finishing the aluminium frame, today i'm dedicated to the creation of the case's sides and the backside.

    Let's start with these metal sheets 1mm thick

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    On the first one there will be engraved the DGame logo.
    Preparing the first metal sheet with sandpaper

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    a little bit of paper tape to mark the logo

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    Now i can cut out the logo

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    That's the result.. tomorrow i'm gonna continue the inside of the engraving

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    I've also finished the other metal sheet

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    To fix the sides of the case i'm gonne use these metal hinges

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    Hinges are welded to the sheets

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    ...continue!:thumb:
     
  5. Herodj95

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    After completing sides of the case, it's ttime to build the backside of the case. Another metal sheet there:

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    With a bender i'm going to bend this sheet to form an U channel

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    This backside piece will be installed into case like this

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    To fix the sides of the case on it, i've modified it... I shortened the flaps and created the predisposition for the hinges

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    Completed sheets looking like this :thumb:

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    After this, i need to fix the backside to the aluminium frame, so i create two holes each side to fix it

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    Finally, i will also attach the bunkhealds with some screws (Screws are temporary, before finish the mod i'm going to improve them)

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    Now, there are final photos of the day

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    That's all guys!

    I hope you like it.
    Good evening,
    HeroDJ
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  6. storm-83

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    nice framework :thumb:

    what are the dimensions ? (other than 4cm wide?)

    keep up the good work :dremel:
     
  7. Herodj95

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    Thanks a lot :)

    I forgot to mention the dimension of the case. The case measures 30cm x 30cm x 4cm :thumb:
     
  8. Dot_Kappa

    Dot_Kappa 100% Puppet

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    You are a Master with the file :thumb:

    Great work so far!!
     
  9. Herodj95

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    Thanks Kappa! :rock:
     
  10. rogergamer

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    Nice! Everytime I see someone manufacture the case themselves I get so jealous!
     
  11. Herodj95

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    Thanks Rogergamer :thumb:
    You haven't already seen nothing, intresting things will comes early :dremel::D
     
  12. MPC

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    Very good Hero :thumb:
     
  13. Herodj95

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    Thanks MPC :thumb:

    PS Tomorrow probably UP :)
     
  14. Concept73

    Concept73 Wannabe modder.

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    Now thats some awesome craftsmanship!

    Defiantly want to keep an eye on this!
     
  15. Herodj95

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    Thanks a lot Concept! :rock:

    So guys, sorry for the delay of the up but i'm into an exams period at university and i can't do many things.
    Now, let's starting recycle the hardware for the mod, that comes from... a notebook! :D

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    It's an intel notebook with these features:
    - CPU: Intel i7 2630QM @2.90Ghz
    - Ram: 1x So-DIMM DDR3 4gb @1333Mhz (in the future i'm going to upgrade to 8GB)
    - VGA: Nvidia Geforce GT540M 1Gb GDDR3

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    Let's start disassembly! :dremel:
    First the keyboard

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    on the back, i removing the under cover

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    After removing cover screws i have access to the motherboard

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    Easily now i can remove all components

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    For the mod, i only need the motherboard, the hard drive (i forgot to show it :D), front usb/audio jacks and power button
    This is the motherboard

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    I can't use the notebook screws (M2) so i'm going to use M3 thread the existing holes with an M3 threader

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    6 holes threaded without damages :D

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    For the motherboard, i need to create a tray. On the 1mm metal sheet, i reporting holes and openings

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    On the little side behind i've done some holes to weld easily the tray to the backside of the case

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    Meanwhile, on the backside face i draw the motherboard ports :dremel:
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    These are other 2 boards (usb/audio and power)

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    The usb/audio card will be placed on the top of the case

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    For this, i'm going to draw the holes of this card... at next up i'm going to do them

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    but, there is a problem with the power board... it has this little button :wallbash:

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    The only one solution is to recycle the old power button

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    For today, that's all :thumb:

    I hope to upload other photos as soon as possible! :rock:

    Bye guys,
    HeroDJ
     
  16. Mockingbird

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    I like this a lot - I'm amazed the notebook only has really that one main board inside.
     
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    Switch: Solder tiny wires to dots on each corner and add new switch to wires.:D
    Coming along great.
     
  19. Herodj95

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    Thanks Mockingbird, modding a notebook is very easy, only one board with a flat heatsink :thumb:

    Tranks Arduum :)

    Thanks Cheapskate :)
    i have considered this option but i like the old button and i think that going to look good on the mod... then we will see how it's look:thumb:
     
  20. Herodj95

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    And another one UP! :D

    Today I've cutted all of motherboard's openings on the backside sheet. That's the result

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    Meanwhile i've done cuts and holes on the motherboard tray

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    After couple of hours, i've finished and welded the motherboard tray to the backside sheet of the case

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    Remember the holes that i've done to the little side of the motherboard tray?? I have used them to create little gaps on the backside to weld the metal sheets

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    And the motherboard tray it's now completed!:thumb:

    Next i've get the aluminium frame to create gaps for the power button on the front of the case and the usb/audio holes on the top. Starting from the front of the case making some holes and joining them with files

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    and next on the top

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    Now i can do the first attempt to join all pieces (except the sides of the case)

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    Fits perfectly!!:rock:

    That's all. Tomorrow a little up before Christmas!:thumb:

    Bye,
    HeroDJ
     

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