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Scratch Build – In Progress Patience

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by gvinyard, 13 Apr 2021.

  1. gvinyard

    gvinyard What's a Dremel?

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    Hi guys
    I had no intention of keeping a build log, but here it is. This build started because my 11,000 sq. ft. office flooded (I would blame the plumbers, but I am the plumber and left a rookie unsupervised) and somewhere between the dry out process/remodel my PC wound up in a box due to a cracked pump reservoir. Also I'm crap at photos so let me know if you want to see anything more clearly. Also I'm mostly a complete amateur with fusion, so this is a learn as you go process for me. If you want to check out anything else I get into here's my instagram link https://www.instagram.com/gregvinyard915/ .


    Here's the hardware porn everyone seems to post.

    I Started the design in CAD, and I don't really have any original renders, but went straight to cutting the backplate and motherboard tray.

    A little oops on the rear IO panel, still have to mill and insert to fix this.

    I threaded the holes for the motherboard mount and assembled the main pieces to test fit everything.


    I struggled with a way to get this thing to stand as I was intending for it to look more free floating with the water cooling tubing holding it up. I decided just to put one large piece of Aluminum across the bottom that a distro-plate could be mounted too.




    Moved on to test fitting tubing to be able to get rough measurements on the distro-plate.


    I'm currently working on the distro-plate and pump mounting so these renders are not final.


    And now I'm leaving town for about a week and half, now that I'm moving forward with this build log I will try to be more detailed in the future.Hope you all stay safe.
     
  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Lovely first post. 'cept the flooding part. :hehe: Welcome to Bit.
    The screw-up looks like a great opportunity to try wood inserts.
     
  3. gvinyard

    gvinyard What's a Dremel?

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    Apologies for my delay, I was out of town. Thank you for the welcome!
    I did not even think of going with a wood insert, I'll have to toss that around and see what I can do with it!
     
  4. gvinyard

    gvinyard What's a Dremel?

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    Just a quick update, got the bottom part of the distro plate cut, will be moving on the second part next week. First time every trying one, hope this works on the first go around.

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  5. gvinyard

    gvinyard What's a Dremel?

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    Finally got around to the top of the plate, I got so excited I pulled it off the machine before finishing the ports for the g1/4
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    I put it back on and milled the g1/4 ports while it was still assembled and then threaded the ports and started test fitting to insure its going to look how I want.

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    Hopefully I will putting in a fair amount of work the rest of the week time permitting.
     
  6. Cheapskate

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    That's not a impeller well for a pump on top, is it? :worried:
    The manufacturer warns not to install them upside down. The pump will fill with air and burn up.
     
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    gvinyard What's a Dremel?

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    Yes it is. I can't believe I missed that, especially since I fix boilers and pumps for a living. I guess overconfidence is the worst form of carelessness. If the biggest danger is vapor lock I think I might be able to still make it work. I'll have to do some testing to see what I can pull off. Thank you for pointing that out before I worked my way into a pump failure. I'll let you know what I find.
     
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    Well, considering the risk for the pump and having the distro ready, you can still rotate the case 180° or 90°, no one is forcing you to have the I/O facing the back, you can find the cables with 90° connectors like I did.
     
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    gvinyard What's a Dremel?

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    I thought of that too, all my main chassis pieces are index-able for my cnc so I could always put mounting feet into the back IO plate if I have too. Really kills the look I was aiming for. I was thinking of rotating the chassis during the filling and bleeding process and then rotating it back to remove the air lock. Additionally to prevent pump failure I could just build a temperature interlock (mini arduino, or other microcontroller) that would monitor the pump temperature in case it vapor locks and shutdown before overheating. Any thoughts?
    Worse case scenario I will just make another plate, I budgeted for failure since this was my first attempt but who doesn't want their first attempt to succeed.
     
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    Can you mod the plate to move the pump? You could turn the pump well into a reservoir mount, for example.
     
  11. gvinyard

    gvinyard What's a Dremel?

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    So I spent about half the weekend fiddling with it, and realized I bored one of the pump mounts into one of the water channels. I tried everything to get it sealed and It just looked terrible. So I'm going to spend a good portion of the week in cad to see if I can come up with a mount that I will like. Let me know if you have any resources that may be able to help!
     
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    Stainless steel screws + a buttload of silicone in the tap when you screw it together.
    :worried: I use a lot of cheats.
     
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    gvinyard What's a Dremel?

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    Do you let the silicone fully cure? I tried teflon tape, and also pipe thread sealant which usually holds. Either way I'm shipping in some new acrylic. I'm going to fill the holes in this one with some epoxy and at least I can use it to test some of the new port mount measurements. I found my old pump which has a removable reservoir so I can just turn it on its side and plumb it directly. I'll just have to find a way to work it into the aesthetics
     
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    Clear aquarium silicone. It's just in the threads and under the screw head, (I clean up excess with mineral spirits,) so it usually is ready overnight. Imperial coarse thread screws have a lot of play/tolerance you can fill this way.
    The best part is it's invisible in clear plastic, although some of the O-rings I've put together look weird with a gap in them.
     

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