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Case Mod - In Progress Project: Lumière Noire by E.E.L. Ambiense - Completed

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by E.E.L. Ambiense, 8 Apr 2008.

  1. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    Ohh yeah baby. Loco loco loco

    Nice work on the EYE man, I'm falling in love with the EYES you make. Nice update for now. I can't wait to see more.

    Take care and good luck. BTW you have skills in coral draw :p
     
  2. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    That's just gorgeous EEL. :thumb: Good luck in the comp.
     
  3. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Looks great, but the case would make me paranoid. It's always staring at you.
     
  4. skullen

    skullen Minimodder

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    Very very nice, got my vote :thumb:
     
  5. fex89

    fex89 What's a Dremel?

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    god job, beautiful mod ;)
     
  6. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    Thanks! Wish I could've gotten a better pic of it, but when I finish the mod up I'll have some eye-candy shots, obviously.

    Thank you! I thought so as well. Some airflow resistance with it, but that's expected.

    Thanks, CK! Yeah, 13 years professional and 20 overall design-wise tends to do that! :hehe: I tend to work out of Corel now-a-days, although my first love was MacDraw & Illustrator.

    Thanks, man!

    Hahah! I'm paranoid by nature anyways, Cheaps. No change in that at all! ;)

    Thanks, Skullen! Glad ya looked in, and I truly appreciate the vote of confidence.

    Thanks, man! The kind words are appreciated.
     
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  7. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    May 4th Update!

    Hey again, all. Another update has swollen up enough to upload, although not a large one. But you know what they say....it's not the size of it, it's how you use it! :eyebrow: :worried:

    Okay, now that the provocative, semi-erotic strange vague comments are out of the way, I can get to the update proper.

    I started out today by printing out and sticking my stencil onto a piece of scrap aluminum I have. I've used up all my thinner aluminum, so all I had left scrap-wise was the thicker V-Series aluminum. It's...thick. But that's not really a problem per se. It'll just be a little more stable, is all. And dremel discs tend to cringe and shiver in terror at the thought of having to cut on it. :hehe:

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    I cut it out with the jigsaw, and cut out the top notch with a dremel. Using the new metal-reinforced discs, it actually made short work of it. That's good, because I tend to get impatient with dremeling.

    After I had that all finished up roughly, I clamped the piece down onto the drillpress and went to town on it.

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    After I got everything cut & drilled, I filed the edges down a bit to clean it up. Rough edges suck, especially when you drag you hand down it while working inside the case. :( Then I proceeded to spray the thing down with some oven cleaner to break down the anodizing a bit on it, as well as attempt to take off the noise-absorption material on the backside of the aluminum (the scrap was covered in it...). After a half-hour of sanding, I finally got everything somewhat cleaned up enough for it to be coated.

    I then proceeded to line the thing up and make sure all the corresponding holes line up and fix ones that were slightly off. Then I started to install the rivets for it's finally resting place on the case. The nice thing about pop-rivets are that you just stuff them into the holes, crank them once to set them, and you still have some play to make micro-adjustments for where you want it before finally cranking down and 'popping' the mandrel on the rivets.

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    I then took out my new PA120.2 and tapped all the fanholes with a 6-32 tap. I'll be using 6-32 x 3/8" socket cap screws for fans mounting to the rad. I don't have a picture of this, but it's boring and you have to be careful when tapping a new hole or you'll crank it in crooked, sideways, upside down or whatever the hell mistakes you could make and render an expensive rad damaged.

    I then test-installed fan brackets onto the rad and installed it in the case, along with the Matrix Orbital unit above it. Everything looks perfectly fine. This is gonna be kewl when I get it done! Here's a quick shot of the front of the case.

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    And inside the case. Check out the minuscule clearance with the Matrix unit. :hehe: It's probably plenty anyways, but it's cool; I'm using a shroud for the rad too, so it'll give me a little more real-estate inside.

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    Then I popped the stock front of the case on real quick to see how it'll look. Nice! Once I get that modded, it'll look like it's supposed to be that way!

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    Okay, that's all I've got to offer today. I'm tired. I haven't slept much, so I'm ditching to go relax a bit at home to prepare for another week of hell; or work as many call it. But I need to finish cleaning up the place. I have metal shavings everywhere. And I mean everywhere! :eyebrow:

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    Until the next update, I got nuthin'. :thumb:
     
  8. cl0ck_ed

    cl0ck_ed I know what a Dremel is. Do you?

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    Loving the eye logo repeated throughout the build. Great work.:thumb:
     
  9. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    I need to get my self a drill press, and a scroll saw. Rad mount is perfectly done.
     
  10. Teknokid

    Teknokid Minimodder

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    Wow, you have some serious equipment and skills.. this is an amazing mod...
     
  11. nikeunltd

    nikeunltd Epic destruction around machinary

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    i LIKE!
     
  12. dia2777

    dia2777 What's a Dremel?

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    I need to buy a scrool saw with laser like you :)
    Good work, mate, really good!
    It's really tick this alu, I know, but it's a nightmare to cut with Dremel, probably I'll try to use the disc you suggest, I'm impatient like you :)
     
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  14. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    Thanks, man!

    I appreciate the kind words.

    Thanks for the props!

    Thanks!

    Lasers definitely help, man. That's for sure! Just have to make sure the lasers are calibrated and adjusted to be as close as you can get, or your cuts will be way off, lol. Basically defeating the purpose of the laser sights. Aluminum's not too bad with a dremel, but thick aluminum can be. I'd rather cut any thickness aluminum against steel any day. Your work is amazing!

    Oh, sweet Bill! :rock: I truly appreciate that, man! I checked it yesterday actually when I was over a TMN and you had said the blog was tentatively up. Sweet. Very cool!

    Hopefully I can get things updated, assuming everything doesn't burn from the fires down here. Fires literally right next door. I haven't been home in over a day now due to the roads being closed off. I've heard of pulling all-nighters at the shop modding, but this is ridiculous! :lol:
     
  15. mnpctech

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    Wow, I didn't realize that was happening down there.. hope they get a handle on it soon!

    be safe bro!
     
  16. mnpctech

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    E.E.L, this is an update, because you recently made the CaseModBlog Worklog Watch, I'm offering a new set anodized black case feet, just PM me with your shipping info

    Anodized Black Machined Case Feet

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    "Black Diamond", Black Anodized Machined Aluminum Computer Case Feet now listed in Mnpctech's here

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  17. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    Bad-ass! Thank you, Bill! PM sent.
     
  18. Ediejo

    Ediejo What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice work EEL. :thumb:
     
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  19. mnpctech

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    Saweet, you should have received tracking number today. Keep on Moddin :dremel:
     
  20. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    E.E.L wrote :
    Hopefully I can get things updated, assuming everything doesn't burn from the fires down here. Fires literally right next door. I haven't been home in over a day now due to the roads being closed off. I've heard of pulling all-nighters at the shop modding, but this is ridiculous!

    Jeremy I sent your package to your house. Here is a link to a high res satellite photo of your state's fires

    http://veimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/1713/Florida.A2001139.1633.250m.jpg

    Be safe!
    John
     
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