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Scratch Build – In Progress Project Menhir

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by SaaintJimmy, 29 Mar 2021.

  1. SaaintJimmy

    SaaintJimmy Minimodder

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    HEY HEY HEY!! Back at it again with a new scratch build! :rock:

    This project was initially meant to be a secondary entry for CMWS20, and was actually supposed to be a whole different project, but as happened with ONDA, I ended up scrapping away the original idea for something a lot more unique and exotic. So here comes Menhir!

    The name obviously suggests a tall and vertically designed build, and that's exactly it! Here's come initial renders.

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    The idea is to have a properly watercooled build, with ITX footprint and as high as needed (about 67cm).

    The main frame will be made out of 8mm aluminum and wooden parts are going to be made out of Ayous wood. You see, the renders display the wood in a black painted fashion, but you'll soon see that I didn't follow up with that.

    Before getting started, I'd like to thank the sponsors for this project:
    HWLegend Modding - Asrock - OCPC - Seasonic - TouchTheGame Roma - Alphacool - CableMod

    Enough. Let's go!
    First things first, I set up the 8mm aluminum on the CNC, ready for cutting all of the parts needed from this material.

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    There are a bunch of little brackets to mount the big pieces together, threaded modding cubes would've probably done a cleaner and easier job but no way I'm spending 2€ each cube, better use the biggest percentage I can on this 8mm sheet.

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    For finishing, I wanted a raw finish on the aluminum, so I hit it up with 180 grit orbital sander. I would've liked to get a glass-blasted finish but I don't have a blasting booth yet and you know I want to make everything in house, so a raw sanded finish will do just as well, and probably be a little more unique!

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    Coming together nicely!

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    Next to the big winner boy! :D

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  2. Canardwc

    Canardwc @French_fab_factorie

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    I LOVE the TOUR form factor and those heavy Alu plates!!
     
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  3. Datulab

    Datulab Human? AI? Robot?

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    This is exciting, I love where this is going!
    Even the inner frame looks nice enough that it could be left as is without any outer panels.
     
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  4. SaaintJimmy

    SaaintJimmy Minimodder

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    Thanks man! The thick alu definitely makes it very chunky, both in weight and looks :D

    Thanks a lot! Yeah the idea was actually to make some sort of an outer shell with the wood, so the fact that it already looks kind of "complete" was to be expected :D
     
  5. SaaintJimmy

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    Second part of aluminum work is with 5mm sheet, needed to make the radiator mounts. I kept it very simple here since it's only structural and won't be visible in the finished build.

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    I then drilled and threaded edge holes on the brackets that will connect the rad plate to the main frame. Focus on the fact that I added counterbores to all of the holes here in order to have the least amount of screws visible.

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    And here's a test fit with rads and fans. Perfect!

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    I took the GPU brackets to give them the same edge drilling treatment so I was able to attach it behind the motherboard tray.

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    Time to get on the wood! As mentioned before, I picked up some Ayous wood which is pretty soft and cheap but I liked the grain and patterns it had. Plus I still don't know how to source more exotic woods in my area :wallbash: (that's also an excuse to cheap out on materials)

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    While I glued the top and bottom pieces, I did a test fit with the rad plate, which will be sunk in the wood, where a 5mm pocket was cut. Turns out my CNC cuts 1mm longer on the X-axis (don't ask me how, I just can't wait to get a new one), and I had cut the long side of the rad plate on the X-axis, while the pocket on the wood was cut on Y-axis (which gave accurate dimensions), this resulted in some elbow grease and filing to get that damn alu plate right.

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    And here it is with the main wood piece installed! Cool fact: the three pieces were cut in a way that the grain is uniform all along the length of the final glued part.

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    Temporarily clamped the front wood part to see how it looked. The airvents in this one are clearly just for the sake of simmetry, since the aluminum panel behind it doesn't have any vent on it.

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  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    That was kinda fast. Loving what you have so far.
    X axis 1mm longer... Typo in the motor tuning?
     
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  7. SaaintJimmy

    SaaintJimmy Minimodder

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    Thanks man! Yeah it was two weeks to make all the 3D models but once that was done, cutting all of the parts was a pretty straight forward process, especially having most of the parts cut on a single 8mm alu panel :D

    And yeah I'll definitely have to check the tuning :duh:
     

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