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Scratch Build – In Progress Project Duplex

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Ace_finland, 23 Oct 2013.

  1. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Member

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    Weird, they are there, tried logging in from work and it worked too, can you still not see them?

    Thx p0Pe! yeah, i've really been trying during this mod to take pictures. So hard when you once get into modding you completely forget to take pictures :)

    Thx Cheaps, it's probably the hardest language to master on earth. I'm not very good at it and it's the native language here :D

    I might do that cheaps, very subtle.


    So a very small update. Have been busy helping mum and dad move house, so have not had any time for modding but picked something up on Friday that i thought i would share with you.

    My first part for the build, a 256GB Vector drive.
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    Content: SSD, a mounting plate, screws, a sticker, a manual and a key for acronis true image
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    The drive, looks great but didn't really fit the black and red build i'm doing. so decided to make some minor changes.
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    Didn't wanna go too crazy with these as i want it to look enough original but still fit the design
    A solid black one, this was very hard to photograph, probably took 50 photos and didn't get a single good one. Need to read up on how to take proper photos :)
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    A black metallic one
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    Made enough stickers so i have a few to mess up, or if i wanna make a small raid :D
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  2. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Member

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    Hey guys,

    Finally an update!
    Recently bought a house and have been moving things (mostly to the garage) so now i can start modding more and close to home so updates should be more frequent now

    After thinking a while about the front and the back panel i decided the best way would be to have them water cut, i have countless times milled thin aluminum sheet and it usually ends with the flute snapping. Still need to cut a lot of holes in the back panel for all the connectors but i will do that at a later stage[​IMG]
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    One step forward two steps back, or however the saying goes. I wasn't very happy about the shape of the frame and the quality of the work i had put in it so i sat down and re-drew the frame and decided it was time for plan C. This time it is made from a 10mm aluminum sheet, it's 15mm wide. I changed the angles a bit and shortened it a bit length and depth wise, the width it still the same
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    Time to drill some holes
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    One drilled, one to go, hopefully it fits!
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    Time for some threading, i always use the cordless drill to tap with, so far i have never snapped a bit with it and its so much faster.
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    Had to change the "shape" of the mill so i could drill and tap the support bars
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    The support bars
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    Done
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    Seems like it fits!
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    So much better than the other frame, a lot of work but now i like it and it won't bug me anymore.
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    Bottom plate for the frame, drilled and counter sunk
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    Perfect fit except one hole which i need to file a bit.
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    Old vs new, i don't know what you guys think but i like the new one a lot more
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    New part arrived!
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    Another box in the box
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    Everything is very well packed
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    Lots of cables with it, needs some sleeving though
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    Love the brushed steel look on the top of it
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    Scale photo
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    More updates coming soon!

    Very sad news about OCZ, the only SSD's i've owned are OCZ and i have been very happy with them.

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  3. TheL4mka

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    WOW! Subbed :)
     
  4. kelmannen

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    have totally missed this one! great build, following :)
     
  5. k.3nny

    k.3nny Active Member

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    Realy nice work ace :D

    nice workshop to :D
     
  6. Meelobee

    Meelobee New Member

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    Good stuff, front panel looks cool :)
     
  7. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Member

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    Thx!
    Thx!
    Thx! It's actually the workshop at work but as i have a key i can pretty much go whenever i want :)
    Thx Meelobee! I think it will look even better once it has a mesh on it
     
  8. Ace_finland

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    Hey guys!

    Finally all moved in to the new house and got internet up and running again.

    Just a short update but another one hopefully this weekend.
    Milling the motherboard plate and the Gpu plate. Only milling the shape for now and doing all the holes and cutout later.
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    More milling and drilling, these are for the other panels on the side. [​IMG]

    All slots cut out
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    As i haven't had any access to the press break for a while I started looking for an "affordable" sheet bender, but the quality on them are horrible. So i decided to take a different approach to bending the sheets.

    60 degree V-flute, 1mm in the bottom
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    Milled a 1mm deep slot in both panels
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    Clamped it to the desk with the slot facing upwards
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    Put a small flat bar across the sheet so i would bend it equally everywhere
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    Worked a lot better than i thought it would.
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    Test fit of the panels. Had to try the grommet too to see if i made the hole the right size
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    More panels.
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    Also made a cut out for the motherboard in HDF, It's a lot faster and easier to redo if i have some measurements wrong :)
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    That is all for now, hopefully another update over the weekend!

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  9. Egami

    Egami Why is the dremel on fire?

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    Can't believe I've missed this! Loving the concept and your alu magic!

    Second frame def looks better btw. Glad you decided to remake it :dremel:
     
  10. craig - toyoracer

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    Nice work Ace. The new frame does look better, although looks larger than the render. :)

    Milling the relief channels really makes for sharp, clean bends. :thumb:
     
  11. Ace_finland

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    Thx egami, me too, the new one is so much better :)

    It might be a bit bigger than the render :) But also when it will be black it will look smaller :)
     
  12. Primum Agmen

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    Don't be silly, it's not Elven it's troll. :D
     
  13. Ace_finland

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    Primum Agmen: u might be right ;)

    Back with an update, was supposed to be a bit earlier but have been sick so haven't had much time. Anyways...

    Did the motherboard and GPU side in aluminum
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    Test fit of components
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    Made some covers for SSD's so the cables will be hidden. No pictures of the installed yet but there will be soon enough
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    Same for the Pci-e extension cable
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    Made a sheet for holding the rads and fans. Decided to make it in two separate pieces, one for each rad.

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    A bit of bending
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    Test fit
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    Time for some acrylic. This is for the front panel. Was a bit tricky before i figured out how to make it in two runs. Milled some holes and put some centering axles in it. worked out pretty well.
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    Installed. Made it slightly bigger so i can sand it to the right size. Still need to do the rear and top and bottom. Still not sure if it will be painted or led lit. But i will need to decide very soon.
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    That's it for this time

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  14. WaRn00b™

    WaRn00b™ bit-tech addict

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    very nice there bud!! Keep up the good work.
     
  15. craig - toyoracer

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    Agree very nice work. :)
     
  16. jrs77

    jrs77 Well-Known Member

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    If it would only be an aircooled thingamabob you'd build there.

    Anyways, allways nice to see what someone can do with a CNC and stuff...






    ... kun vain minulla olisi mahdolisuuksia käyttä sellaista koneitta :waah:
     
  17. Ace_finland

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    Thx!
    Thx!
    Thx! They do help speed things up, all this could be done manually but would take som much longer :)

    :)
     
  18. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Looking great.:D
    -No paint- only lighting and nudity.
     
  19. LegendaryScott

    LegendaryScott Trying to live up to the name

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  20. Asouter

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    Looking good Ace, Those covers for the pcie connectors are a nice touch
     

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