Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Waynio, 28 Jan 2012.
Superb work mate. glad to see this coming along again.
good to see it all again... I had even forgotten some of the great things you did, like the fan controller knobs...
*sits back and waits patiently for next update *
Glad to be getting fired up with reignited passion to continue it mate.
Thanks jokkos, I'm excited to be getting this back up, just want to see it in it's completed form but plenty of progress to do before that.
I slipped up on the updates so to get it right here's another 1.
Mounting the coupling plates to the bottom plate, had to retrofit templates in place with not including mounting points in the initial design, this made fixing everything together a lot more difficult.
Mounting support bars to the top of the coupling piece, wanted to use 3mm but was all out so went with 6mm bars.
Back to the squirrel feet adding pegs to the front making it a good solid fit, they are also fixed in on the short ends so they don't move about.
Optical plate mounting.
Added rod & grub screws to bridge the gap from HDD section to motherboard section.
Added the layers to let the mini-ITX tray slide in/out.
HDD sliding slots to replace a HDD box I made but wasn't quite right.
Fan perch & more sliding slots.
Sticking the slots in place & mounting them to the panels.
Works nice but more work will be going into it so the power & sata plugs don't have to be touched & I just slide the trays in/out of place hot plug style.
1 more to go, then I can carry on at normal pace.
Man on a mission Wayne, Glad you've picked this up again. Looks like you're making good progress and I like what you've done with the presentation too
Glad to see you're back into it Wayne. Keep up the good work. There are some truly beautiful parts being made here.
Thanks Asouter, I do kinda wish I did all the cutting before starting this log though, would have been done ages ago, oh well it's rolling forward again now.
Thanks Attila things will finally start rolling again, slowly but moving at least, no more pushing myself to breaking point & posting straight after it, that really wasn't doing me much good, getting cranky about stars lol.
Final catchup update.
Fan perch, fan just slot on top of it for a good snug fit that has no movement but can be lifted off for maintenance.
More work on the optical plate.
Both pieces in place.
Now the rods for the front corners, they all had to be ultra precise lengths & some of them needed drilling directly in the middle so I made a drilling jig to help on that, typically need a lathe for this kind of drilling, not got one so had to improvise.
Now, the piece I love, aluminium blades on these prolimatech fans, expensive, noisier & not as good performance as akasa apache fans but I couldn't resist the aluminium fan blades, perfect for the custom fans I'm doing, full aluminium fans, yes please.
First bunch of rods went in OK, the tapped ones.
The 3mm rods though I drilled too close to the edge of the panels so 3 easy panels need remaking which will let me fine tune the design of these corner rod parts to be spot on.
Work on the curved & bent front support piece & a fan mount for the ATX system which I did some rough but good enough milling with the drill press.
The sharp bends I wanted made doing the curves smooth really difficult, might remake the piece from 0.5mm sheet instead of 1mm so I can do it perfect & instead of using screws to mount it, JB weld to the support piece.
More work on the curved front & that brings this up to date.
Few bits to remake & tweak, then I can start making new progress, already started on new bits though so should have good new progress along with fixed sections for first new progress update for a year soon.
Back to normal progress, completed a couple of new pieces for the ATX system, the expansion area cooling mount, used lexan because I had no clear acrylic.
It's been a fair while since I designed this & realised the panel I made would have covered up anything inside too much & also cancelled the fan ducts so I could have more expansion height space if needed so I tweaked the design to properly accompany the changes & made a new one.
Like the new open look panel and acrylic work.
I seriously need to trademark this thing
Looking foward to more metal pr0n.
My thoughts exactly!! The detail on this is immense..
woohoo new progress... and oh my... so beautiful. I'm jealous.
Awesome work my favorite project on this site. Really have to finish off my project.
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Awesome as always Wayne! And thanks again for the Sketchup pointers
Overbuilt to perfection. -Love it.
Good to see this one up and running again.. Looking really good Wayne
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