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Scratch Build – In Progress Project 1 - A Cardboard PC

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by McINTYRE12, 1 May 2013.

  1. McINTYRE12

    McINTYRE12 What's a Dremel?

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    Hello BitTech community ! My name's Kiss Claudiu , I'm from Romania and I'm 15 years old.This is my first project .Making it out of cardboard was decided easily , as I don't have any money for case materials. It's going to be just the case , no hardware , no nothing , as I don't have any money.I had a rough sketch of what I thought it would look like , but it changed a lot , as soon as I'll make another sketch I will post it.I wanted it to look something like the BitFenix Prodigy Arctic White but to be a full ATX case.

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    Preparing the basic frame.

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    Building the motherboard tray.

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    Cutting fan holes.

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  2. Vetalar

    Vetalar *learning english*

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    i must say that there is couple very inspiring cardboard cases (eg retromod by arg0s). but my cardboard attempt finished in the waste bin :) one must use few layers of box cardboard to achieve structural rigidity of just thin plastic... especially at the angles and fringes... or reinforce with some mesh/thin plastic between layers
    good luck anyway and welcom to BT forums!
     
  3. McINTYRE12

    McINTYRE12 What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for commenting Vetalar ! I will use several layers of cardboard and paper on the final layer to be able to paint it . My last attempt of a cardboard pc ended as well in the trash , but I hope this will be different . I'm open to any sugestions , if you have any .Thanks again.
     
  4. Vetalar

    Vetalar *learning english*

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    i'd reinforce all openings with ribs etc. and make as many "rigidity ribs" inside the case as i can. and try to avoid rectangles and long fringes - more bows, arcs etc
     
  5. McINTYRE12

    McINTYRE12 What's a Dremel?

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    I was thinking of the same thing .I will start with the ribs tonight , after I'll get some more cardboard.

    I noticed that I made a mistake. The fan holes that were suposed to be on the front , are on the top.I wasn't paying attention when I cut them...
     
  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    You can build an incredibly tough case just layering more cardboard. The cardboard case I did had the corrugation perpendicular to each other on each layer. It's so strong only fire can destroy it.

    Cardboard is free, so go crazy with the design.:D
     
  7. McINTYRE12

    McINTYRE12 What's a Dremel?

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    Yeah , sorry for this , I don't know how to delete messages...
     
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  8. McINTYRE12

    McINTYRE12 What's a Dremel?

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    UPDATE:

    Basic grills cut out(not sure if I'll keep them):
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    Making stability ribbs:
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    Pressure applied for white glue to dry:
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    Filling on motherboard tray:
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  9. McINTYRE12

    McINTYRE12 What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for commenting man. Yes , as you say carboard is free , and I have some crazy ideeas .We'll see what the outcome will be.
     
  10. Concept73

    Concept73 Wannabe modder.

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    ahhh cardboard, my good old friend! planned out so many "blanking plates" "fan grills" etc with it, love the build so far :)
     
  11. stuartwood89

    stuartwood89 Please... Just call me Stu.

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    The best (or at least most structurally rigid) cardboard I have been in contact with is the stuff they make those boxes which hold soft drink syrup bags out of.

    Back in my McDonald's days, I used to have to stomp on those boxes to flatten them down for recycling, can't say I've come across anything stronger since.
     
  12. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    AvJaB, Bayby! You're knocking all the active projects to the 2nd page! Ease up with that enthusiasm. :lol:
     

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