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Scratch Build – In Progress Project Tiny

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Floyd, 28 Feb 2013.

  1. Lehani

    Lehani What's a Dremel?

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    Looks nice, how has you put the parts together??
     
  2. Guest-23315

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    Really like that design..

    I'm waiting for the bigger manufacturers to scoop up some of these ideas and finally make a fairly decent ITX case which is actually small..
     
  3. jrs77

    jrs77 Modder

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    Damn, now I'm really pressed to get one of my designs done by a shop that does the cutting/milling/bending for me :p
     
  4. Floyd

    Floyd Wire Twister

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    Thanks guys!
    Yea im happy that I have access to a huge fab shop with a ton of nice tools for this sort of thing. It amazes me how some builds ive seen have been hand cut with a saw and come out looking awesome. That takes true skill :rock:

    Anywho, the case is held together with 6-32 flat head stainless screws and I tapped holes in the case. I was a little worried tapping into .080" aluminum but it has held up just fine so far. Some of those screws were taken in and out a few times without issues.
     
  5. jrs77

    jrs77 Modder

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    True, you can do alot of stuff with handtools, but bending and folding a piece of aluminum multiple times and have it perfectly fit the measurements is the part where I'm lost. These "lips" where you mount the sidepanels to for example are very hard to bend by hand, as they are only some 10mm and extend over the length of the complete sheet of aluminum, some 6-800mm allaround.

    For the tapping, well... you could aswell use threaded nuts instead :)
     
  6. phinix

    phinix RIP Waynio...

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    If you still going to keep you PSU in that planned position, then just get £5 L shaped (right angled) plug power cable. I did the same thing in Nano Tower, it is perfectly fine, when you need to unplug it then just tilt the case.
     
  7. Phame

    Phame COOOOFFFFEEEEE

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    I love small builds, need to do one for myself sometime..
    With the Trumpf punch whats your tolerance? - Was the sheet clamped down?
    Looking forward to this one dude keep up the good work! :D
     
  8. Floyd

    Floyd Wire Twister

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    @jrs77
    I used a huge folding machine for this one, it can handle parts 10' long!
    We also have a few press brakes ranging from 15 tons to 300 tons.

    @phinix
    Im so happy you stopped in to check out my little build log, ive been following your small builds for awhile and love your attention to detail in your build logs. I just wish I had time to get all fancy with the pictures like some of the logs ive seen. All my shots are raw right from the camera.
    As for the plug, im fairly set on just doing it to keep the clean look. I really dont want a cable coming from under the belly of the case.

    @Phame
    The repeatability of the machine is .0012".
    The sheet is held with 2 clamps by the tool rail.
     
  9. Floyd

    Floyd Wire Twister

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    Just got the new GPU bracket cut out on the laser cutter. Ill have to put the holes in for the DVI and such when im home tonight.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Lehani

    Lehani What's a Dremel?

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    I would really like to see some pictures from Inside the case... I am not quite sure what you have done to keep the case together?

    It really looks nice and clean.. What are the outside measurements?
     
  11. Floyd

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    Looking at the front of the case the width is 6.35" and height is 8.7" the depth of the case is 11"

    With the sides removed the case is just two pieces held together with 6 screws at the rear. Three on the top and three on the bottom.

    Unlike typical cases this case has no internal frame. The case acts as the frame and mounting points for the pieces. I just did it in a clean fashion
     
  12. Floyd

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    Ok guys, since I took my family out for a nice dinner I got back late and didnt get to do much on the build but I can show you that I got the mobo and GPU in there and put the wifi antenna on the case also.
    Keep in mind I have to get the stand offs tomorrow to mount the mobo so for these shots im holding the GPU/mobo in place.

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  13. atc95

    atc95 I have the upgrade bug!

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    Looks really good so far, some recent tech might be of interest to you link. When you can afford a gpu upgrade this will play anything with that card.
     
  14. Korvus

    Korvus May contain traces of sanity.

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    Very nice, good use of space so far too :)
     
  15. Floyd

    Floyd Wire Twister

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    @atc95
    Yea I had just seen that! man that would be awesome to have in the build.

    @Korvus
    Its REAL snug. The GPU just fit in there with about a 1/16" to spare on the end of the GPU.


    I might start gutting the PSU tonight but we shall see. I have to make sure I have enough pins still. I can do the power switch easy enough though.
     
  16. Jezzafool

    Jezzafool What's a Dremel?

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    I love your design of this. Could you have put feet on it and then plugged a right angle cable in the PSU from below?
     
  17. Floyd

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    Sure I could have but it would take away from the simplicity of it all IMO. Im going for simple but effective.
     
  18. Scirocco

    Scirocco Boobs, I have them, you lose.

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    Small form factor builds are so cool. I like what you've done so far.
     
  19. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    My response is somewhere between "awesome!" and "D'aaaawww". -'cause it's so darned cute.
     
  20. Floyd

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    @Cheapskate
    Yea everytime I see this on my bench I think to myself "There is no way this is all fitting in here!"

    So guys, I got the mobo and GPU mounted into the case and lemme tell you that its as strong as a tank!
    I was also excited so I slapped the PSU cables on her and im actually doing this entry on the Tiny PC with the PSU hanging out.

    Here are some pics before I took it from the bench to place on my desk for the night.
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    Last shot with the window side just laying there:
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