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Scratch Build – In Progress ProtoHype - (paused)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by The_Gnu, 13 Aug 2009.

  1. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    PROTOHYPE

    Now it's time for my second project here on bit-tech. It's been a long time since my last project (Widescreen Projector). Ever since the completion of the projector in 2006 a custom pc project has been on the planing stages. Many different 3D models and sketches have been made and I have got a bunch of case ideas that I hope will get a project log of their own some day.

    Why ProtoHype?.. well I'm not to sure about the name, feel free to contribute with better ones if you like. But if I'm gonna try to relate it, it's probably because it is supposed to look more like a machine prototype of some sort and I guess the hype could be related to all the totally unnecessary stuff I will put in it to make it geeky enough. It was first intended to be some kind of steampunk theme but it evolved into a more modern kind of steampunk machinery look.

    This project started more than a year ago, however, , there hasn't been much work done because my designengineer studies is in another town. I have been waiting to start this log until I know that I will be able to update it continuously with more work. At the moment there is a metal and wood workshop at school. I'm supposed to have access to this workshop on the spare time but I have waited more than 2 years now and ..I've had it. Since I only got one more year left in school I realized I need to get my own tools...so i did(see below).


    Specifications

    Case
    • 2 seperate watercooling loops
    • Custom waterblocks for cpu, nort/south bridge, RAM's, HDD and maybe GPU
    • 3x120mm Black Ice Extreme Radiator
    • External watertanks
    • Front acts as a radiator
    • A lot of aluminium

    Hardware
    So far I have desided to wait with the hardware until most of the case is finished. The hardware I currently got is not top notch, and therefore any potential new hardware is put on hold because any large economical funds are absent at the moment.


    And now to the pics.

    Here is some of the doodle sketches that have been made. No top of the line sketches, but at least it shows how some of the ideas are developing. As you can see from the paper of choice this is what happens when I'm bored in class.

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    Here is one of the ideas for the foot, not the definit one but a hint of what's in my mind.
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    Here is a simple marker sketch to practice some drawing.
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    Here is some basic 3D renders to get a better understanding of what I'm trying to do. Since I don't know this software that good, I focused the modeling to the exterior of the main body. I didn't bother to putt much effort into all the details as I think there need to be some moment of surprise to keep a projectlog interesting. And some parts are left out because I simply haven't decided what to do yet. As for the case feet.

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    As I mentioned previously I ordered a couple of new tools too be able to fabricate all the bits and pieces I wanted. And if I can't get to the schools workshop, I'll have to build my own .. even if I'll have to spend all my savings.
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    Tada... a brand new 9x30 lathe
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    Next tool arived like this. Not as brand new. Kind of messy and badly treated..
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    ...So while I waited for the electrician, i took some time disassembling, cleaning and repainting it.

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    Finished.. much nicer to work with this
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    That mill weighs 350kg and I had to get it up there on my own. Never thought I would make it but with a lot of elbow grease, some rollers and a bandy stick it's sits where it 's supposed to.
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    Okay now for the Construction of the case itself. Guess the pictures speak for them self.
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    Now it's time for some sleep. Tomorrow I will continue with the work done on the DVD-drive

    Adjö


    /Gnu
     
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  2. disturbed13

    disturbed13 New Member

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    ill keep my eye on this one
    your rough drawings look great!!!!!!!!
     
  3. sentek

    sentek New Member

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    nice, the designs look awesome,
    subscribed :thumb:
     
  4. WolfandAngel

    WolfandAngel Got fins?

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    Look really interesting cant wait fore more.

    some how I like this drawing more than the sketchup.

     
  5. Kumo

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    Like the design. It has something... Not completely industrial, not steampunk either... something
     
  6. maRiio

    maRiio New Member

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    Your drawing is amazing :thumb: I'll keep an eye on this here.
     
  7. Jelle46

    Jelle46 Belgian freedom

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    Your drawings are amazing, your tools are amazing and the design is truely fantastic!
    I'm hooked up!
     
  8. Kyor

    Kyor A Visitor

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    This is going to be a fantastic case m8.
    I'm realy looking forward to completion ;)
     
  9. Eurofix

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    Your design is very cool and the new toolz are awesome - looking forward to updates on this one.
     
  10. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Thank you.
    Thank you, I do prefer drawing when I can't fully master the software.

    Thank you, lets hope you'll keep seeing that something

    Thanks a lot..

    I'm glad you like it all.

    yay...so do I. Thanks

    There will be another update soon with a little bit more building going on, just need to sort out the pics and there is just so many of them.



    /Gnu
     
  11. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Thank you... still learning the tools, takes some time though :(


    /Gnu
     
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  12. Kumo

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    I just realized that the base isn't flat and has the same shape of the case's top. Have you thought in some kind of feet or stand?
     
  13. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Yeah. I wrote a little bit about it above the rendered images. But basically it will have some kind of stand. Something like a single foot to make it look like it is levitating. That's what I tried to illustrated in these sketches. I've got abunch of other ideas as well but I feel like to wait until I get a feel of the case before Ideside
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    /Gnu
     
  14. wbdog206

    wbdog206 not me

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    Fantastic!
    Very nice sketches. I am going to watch this one closely.
    Oh and those are some very nice shop tools!
     
  15. Nibbler

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    :jawdrop: your sketches make me crazy!!!

    The front remeber me some structures, buildings present in half-life 2!!
    Keep on modding man :thumb:
     
  16. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Thx to both of you, feels nice to hear you like the sketches.

    /Gnu
     
  17. The_Gnu

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    Okay time for a progress update.
    This is the window mod of the DVD-drive. This was created before I had my mill and lathe and it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Since I'm such freak when it comes to the finish of the things I do, I often spend way to much time trying to achieve perfection. I often end up redoing some parts over and over again until I'm satisfied. I'm not kidding when I say I have at least spent 100 hours on this DVD drive.

    As you probably notice I have removed the center magnetic ring that is supposed to support the disk from above. This will be added later onto the plexi window because I want the window as big as possible. This proved to be one of the mor time consuming tasks.

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    Each of the screws had to go through a makeover in the drillpress. Using a file, I trimmed them down to make them flush with the rest of the drive case. They were also shortened to the right size.
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    Here they are all done. The original screws are the ones in the front. The surface of the modded screws doesn't look that rough in reality. It is probably because this is such a macro shot and the screws are M2 and M3.
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    Before and After shot of the trimmed down M2 screws..
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    Painted with matt black spray paint.
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    Backside of the top with all the M2 nuts in place.
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    Plexi being drilled.
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    Some of the holes (the big ones) are not drilled all the way through. This is because they will prevent the bolts from falling in to the drive if they were to come loose but still make room for the M2 bolts when the top and plexi is mounted together.
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    And here is the top and window mounted together. Here it's easier to see that some of the holes are not drilled all the way through.
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    Hope you like it.


    /Gnu
     
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  18. Nibbler

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    :rock:
    What kind of material did you use to make the extra layer and the rails?

    Nib :lol:
     
  19. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Oh, This is going to be fun!:D I'm loving this already!
    Nice score on the Mill. I like the concept sketch of the front that had random circles better.
    For the foot: If you can make it only attach to the back half of the case, so the front is hanging free, that would look awesome. It would give the front a more intimidating look- just floating there.
     
  20. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    The rails are cut from a single lengt of small anodized aluminum bar from the local hardware store, therfore the width and height of it was already there. I only cut the right lengt and shaped the edges.
     

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