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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Cubeleon

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by brinkz0r, 8 Sep 2007.

  1. PrometheusCon

    PrometheusCon What's a Dremel?

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    That grill looks like sex! Very nice work on that. I like that style a lot.
     
  2. brinkz0r

    brinkz0r What's a Dremel?

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    I was planning to polish it, but I think I'll leave it like this :)
    Thanks a lot, it will be even better when it's mounted to the case :D

    And a big thanks to everyone who has looked in this topic, today is the first time that I've had more than 200000 shown pictures in a month, that's a huge amount :eeek:
     
  3. brinkz0r

    brinkz0r What's a Dremel?

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    Update 16

    For the past weeks I've been quite busy with school, because in a few months I will have my bachalor in mechanical engineering :) Didn't get much time to do some modding, but got enough done for an update. Here it goes:

    The last time there was no frame in the lower window:

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    Now there is :)

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    I painted this piece just today, bacause the last time I tried that my spray can died on me. The assembled grill now looks like this :cooldude:

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    I'm not totally happy with the way the aluminium edges came out, as you can see here:

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    When I was fitting my test motherboard, I realised that the memory slots wouldn't fit. So I will have to hack up the inner grill:

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    As you can see, they will not fit because the mobo has to be moved further into the case.

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    First job was to cut a piece out of the plexi:

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    Which was followed by a cut in the aluminium:

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    I didn't like doing it, but at least it fits now. There will be no light coming through, so I hope it will be hardly visible:

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    You remember this one? A friend milled this on his cnc mill a while ago :)

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    I decided to hook up the leds, people always want to see lit up leds :hehe:

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    This is how the button assembly looks, but unfortunately one of the threads was no good.

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    This is how I fixed that, I really don't want to assemle this thing once more :p

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    Mounted:

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    I had already removed my motherboard from it's temporary case, so I thought is was about time to create a backplate. After a few minutes of cutting and bending:

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    Followed by a few hours of precise cutting and a lot of filing:

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    To fill up the spaces between the back of the case and the backplate, I cut three pieces of angle bar:

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    Mounted :)

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    It isn't really visible from the back yet:

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    And now it all looks good :)

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    The mobo will press against the backplate, so the gap will be hardly there when it's mounted :)
    I already gave up hope for the rgb leds, but decided that I hadn't even really tried. That's why I will make three dimmers to do some testing. The first one was already done:

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    And I will be making two more :)

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    We'll see how the glow of the rgb leds will be, and if I am able to get a white glow with the three leds combined. If I can do that, that will be another eye catcher for this case :) That's all for this update, I hope you have enjoyed it and I will see you next time ;)
     
  4. Farmboy UK

    Farmboy UK Hungry for knowledge

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    I love the CNC'd switch panel. Looks factory made.
     
  5. Oreon_237

    Oreon_237 CHEA BRO!

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    wow man RGB controlled lighting, nice. you should build like a dmx control for the led's (more like faders)
    the power on and reswet switch design is soo cool.
     
  6. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Nicely done with the recessed switches.
     
  7. brinkz0r

    brinkz0r What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks all :) I'll see what I will make for the rgb leds. I had fading leds in my first case, but that was built in the leds so couldn't be turned off :p There is a circuit for fading leds here on bittech, but I don't know if I'm going to implement that.
     
  8. Dark~3nergy

    Dark~3nergy what was dat sandvich ?

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    the motherboard backplate is realy nice !!
    keep up the good work !
     
  9. perkins teh modder

    perkins teh modder What's a Dremel?

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    S... E... X... Y:D:D:D
     
  10. brinkz0r

    brinkz0r What's a Dremel?

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    Lol, thanks :D
     
  11. p3ri0d

    p3ri0d What's a Dremel?

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    A lil' late i know, but do you plan on continuing? ^^

    P.S: Nice mod ;)
     
  12. ComputerKing

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    BUDDY WOW. I love the fans lines idea. They make it hot. The vents rock the hell out. And the BEST part is the two switches, They rock. And the writing on the alum. man THIS is awesome. Keep it going
     
  13. MrWizard

    MrWizard What's a Dremel?

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    Nice update! I love that rad grill :thumb:
     
  14. brinkz0r

    brinkz0r What's a Dremel?

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    Wow, thanks a lot guys :) And your gut feeling must have been right, I just have to translate my last update and then I'll post it here ;)
     
  15. brinkz0r

    brinkz0r What's a Dremel?

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    Update 17

    I already told you that an update was coming up, so here it is. I've been busy, mostly with getting my bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering :) That's in the pocket now, and I will start my master in Mechatronics this september. I will have a few weeks of vacation in between, so I will be able to do some more work to the case.

    The first thing I did, a while ago already, is finishing the case feet with a mill:

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    This is how they will end up on the case:

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    And mounted to the bottom plate:

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    For some reason, there is just enough space for the bolt heads to fit beside them, I forgot about them so I'm lucky it fits :rolleyes:

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    I already told you that I wanted to give RGB leds one more try, so I made three dimmers. I didn't like the result with the leds, so it's a definite no now. I will be using white leds throughout this case :)

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    Something I should have done much earlier, clean up my work space. Man that's a big difference with the stuffed and dusty desk from before :hehe:

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    I still had to finish the last window frame. The frame had to fit inside the aluminium plate, now it does:

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    I put the most of my time in the top of the case, I made space for the dvd burner:

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    The piece of square tubing is mounted again, this is the left side of the case:

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    The next job was filing another sheet of aluminium to size, for the double (well I have to say triple actually) ceiling:

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    Of course, the bolt holes line up with the sides:

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    To be able to mount the top plate, I needed some M4x17 risers. I made them on the lathe at school:

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    The tapping was a little harder, a broken tap was needed to make me realise that I should use some kind of grease. WD-40 did the trick :hehe:

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    Cut yet another sheet of alu, drilled some holes in it and bolted it to the risers. As you can see the plate below is held in place by these risers also:

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    The reservoir will be housed on the top, and of coarse, I have to make that one myself :) This is the plexi that I will be using:

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    Sheets of 4, 10 and 5mm thick will make of a total of 19mm, exactly what I need.

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    Marking a big rectangle on the top:

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    The plexi will have to go through this hole:

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    An assembly like this will be on top of the res:

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    Of course, they line up with their brothers and sisters on the sides ;)

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    The last picture of this update is one of the hole in the top plate. The res will sit flush with the top of this plate:

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    After 29 pictures, this is the end of this update already. The FIN of the case is visible by now, the left, right and back are done concerning construction :) Just have to give the sides their final finish, but I will do the top and the front first. It has to be done this november, for a big competion here in the Netherlands. By then I will be working on this for more than three years, so it's about time :D
     
  16. Guest-23315

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    Very nice work indeed :thumb:
     
  17. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    It took a long time for the 'cube' part to take shape.:hehe: It's looking really good.
    I think Franklin mentioned a November deadline recently too. That's going to be a one hell of a competition.
     
  18. Franklin

    Franklin What's a Dremel?

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    I'm not taking part in that contest Cheapskate, I will be in the jury of that casemodding championship. As I'm a crewmember I can't take part. My case will be there for people to game on. We hope we will get a very hard job judging all the cases, because that would mean the level of the casemods is very high. We're doing quite well in the casemodworld, considering the Netherlands are so small.
     
  19. brinkz0r

    brinkz0r What's a Dremel?

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    Well, the cube got it's shape in the first week of the build, but the rest proved to be much more work :hehe: I'm glad Franklin doesn't compete, although I wouldn't mind losing of him :) I don't know if beating Evolutionary would be possible ;)
     
  20. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    I love this mod, what can I say. Awesome.
     

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