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Case Mod - In Progress ⭐ [Sponsored] Angl3d Ti - Dual loop | EKWB | ASUS ROG | be quiet! | Enermax | Teamgroup | by Zeuligan

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Zeuligan, 4 Mar 2018.

  1. Defyant Mods

    Defyant Mods Well-Known Member

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    It does make it hard for you when the one rule when sanding is work to your edges and not over them.... A good deal of my life was lost modding with bondo.

    But it likes you got just right there! Don't forget you can sharpen your edges a bit more @ the spray putty (high fill )stage.

    Then one more time with the final coats of paint.

    Your not rushing it and i'm a big fan of that. Still loving watching this come together :)
     
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  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Soft foam sanding bricks will soften your edges. You would get better results using something harder like an eraser or block of rubber.
     
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  3. Zeuligan

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    Thank you, love that you keep coming back :) <3
    Thx for the input, hear you :)


    True that, might add some more Putty to some edges that might be at risk. Will prob just slap a layer of primer ontop and work from there...
    block of rubber is a nice idea, will switch it out
     
  4. EKJake

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    Seriously cannot wait to see this finished!
     
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  5. Zeuligan

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    Thank you Jake <3
    Makes two of ;)
     
  6. Zeuligan

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    The case will be so packed with water cooling, with it's beautiful dual pumps and dual reservoirs from EKWB I feel I needed to position the GPU in a different way. Also important to create balance. Many polygons in this project. Very easy to go overboard.


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    Cranked out the MB backplate and my 1080Ti covered in beautiful EKWB acrylic.


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    Took some measurements, cut and bent some aluminum and drilled holes for mounting. Not very elegant looking, but sturdy.


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    Drilled some holes to the top of the case and taped a fan in place to ensure proper measurements.


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    I like it. Quick, yet very functional. Don't worry, I don't plan to leave that GPU haning in just an aluminium bracket. One wrong move and we have an expensive water accident on our hands.


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    Took two iterations to get what I wanted. The GPU is very beautiful by it's own and due to previously mentioned balance, I wanted to leave polygons out of the ekvation. This is my idea of a 3D printed vertical GPU bracket.


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    The 3D printed bracket combined with the aluminum reinforcement will be very sturdy and the bracket will also hide the aluminum angles. Didn't really think I would leave it like that right?


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    Almost, the aluminum is sticking out a little. Need to make the bracket longer. Last iteration.


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    Yum. The GPU slides into a track in the aluminum and into an equal track in the bracket. Then a fastening bolt goes on the other end, secure the card to the aluminum and 3D printed bracket. The card also slides 2 mm into the bracket, looking it in place in all directions. Not a bad solution if I may say so my self.


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    I printed hex-nut shaped holes on the inside of the brackets, 90% of the size. Then I heated the nut with my soldering iron and pressed the nut into the plastic together with some superglue. That will hold :)


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    Went through a few more prorotypes and iterations for the GPU cover. Left the polygon design behind. Became to much and I will need something cleaner. Biggest problem is the size required to hide the PCI riser cable.


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    Happy, at last. At this last angle, the GPU metal is visible for the slide in. Got an equal track inte aluminum bracket on the inside. Just need to sand down, prime and paint the bracket and cover.
     
  7. Defyant Mods

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    Jeeesus mate ! that could just be one of the coolest things ive seen in modding for a long time!!! :rock::rock::rock:
     
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  8. Zeuligan

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    That could be one of the nicest things someone told me for a long time!!! :rock::rock::rock:

    Thank you so much :blush:
     
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  9. Zeuligan

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    After a vacation in the Caribbean I'm back with a short update and more to come...

    I often opt for clean design and practical solutions. This was also my intention when I started to sketch on the solution for the bottom RGB led strips from Corsair.

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    Did a design in Fusion 360 for a led holder for the Corsair Lighting Node Pro strips I won in Sweclockers gallery of the month competion.


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    Combined that with a holder that snaps in place ontop of the end of the holder with a screw hole.


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    The strip with the holders are exactly the same length as the fan dust holders. It's on the bottom, so no one will ever notice, but I will know.


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    Marked out the fastening holes and with my Ryobi machine set to slow it is easy to drill out acrylic without it cracking.


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    Can't have any visible cables and I still want to be able to replace strips (or I could just unpin a connector) so decided to make a pass through hole.


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    Drilling large holes in acrylic on slow speed isn't really smart, without special drills, as that will crack the acrylic. So a quick and easy solution, drill many small holes.


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    It will just squeeze into that hole. Some cleaning with a small hand file and I'm good to go.


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    All done and the RGB led strip is firmly fastned in the strip with it's edges ensuring it stays in place.
     
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    It's always equal part joy and frustration when you reach the painting part of a project. It's the mark of getting close to assembly, but it's also a very time consuming and sometimes frustrating part. This time more then usual with two disasters.

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    With a new living situation I had to be creative to be able to paint. Not recommended to spray paint inside your appartement :) Designed a 3-way corner for regular electrical PVC pipes - 20mm and printed out 8 of them.


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    Makes it simple to put together a spray tent of varible size, for close to nothing. Just to wrap in painters plastic and spray away :) Placed my tent on my balcony and it worked over expectations. Just had to stay away from rainy or windy days. We have a lot of thoose in Gothenburg, so spent close to 2 weeks painting all the parts.


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    I started by adding a first coat of primer. This to make it easier to visually spot all the weak areas, where I had to fill in and where I had to take away to keep angles in my polygons. Adds an extra day or two as the primer has to be really dry before I can add Putty to it (or the paint and putty melts together and it's a real mess) but well worth it IMHO.


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    With a combination of a small printed calibration cube (20x20x20mm) and the bottom of a bic lighter wrapped in straps of 280 and 400 grain paper I spent the next 6 days doing nothing but sanding and reapplying Putty.


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    Better, but far from satisfied. Then disaster struck...


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    When carrying in one piece from my spray tent I accidently droped it onto the other piece and they both broke in several pieces. Not easy to Acrifix on paint, so had to sand down and start all over on some edges. Very sad and frustrated, but still happy that I was neither on a deadline or that it was actually mendable.


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    Lost a few days, but got both pieces together again and reached the exciting part where I could add the first layer for finishing coating - matte black. Wasn't happy with the finish, so sanded down part of it, switched out the spray can nozzle and had a 2nd go.


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    Look at that! Black and with much better surface. Still not home, so went over it with 600 and 800 grit and added 2 more layers.


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    That matte varnish is sexy! Very matte even after just 1 layer and close to that car vinyl feeling I wanted from start. Super happy. The extra matte black paint on the front piece suddenly looks super shiny in comparison.


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    At first I was scared that I had ruined it. The varnish was so white, even at super thin layers, but after 45-60min it just started to turn black and after just 30 min it turned from white to matte black.


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    Tripple matte awesomeness. Looking forward to when I can start to put this together.


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    After the exterior it was time to paint the shroud and 3D-printed parts. Smaller, but way more time consuming due to 10 times more edges. Same procedure, primer, putty, sanding, putty, sanding, putty, primer, spray putty, sanding, primer, spray putty, primer, sanding, coating, sanding, coating, coating, varnish, varnish and last a varnish.


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    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask anything. If you hate it or love it, share your thoughts. Silence worries me... :)
     
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  11. kim

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    your work is remarkable, as your ideas,(spray tent, GPU holder), this shroud is amazing and far beyond all what 3d printers can make IMO, I absolutely love the whole built, I'm your fan :thumb:
     
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  12. Zeuligan

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    You honor me :blush:, thank you so much! Means the world, for real. Thx :thumb:
     
  13. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I'm here! I wasn't sleeping.
    With the panels painted, I wonder if they need some kind of accent. -like clear plates on top of random panels or :worried: drilling tiny holes at each triangle corner and adding neon fishing line to the edges.
    -Yeah, me and the edge sharpening again...:lol:
     
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  14. Zeuligan

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    Get you and some solid ideas. Will keep that with me. Much appreciated
     
  15. Zeuligan

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    For me it is always extra fun to reach the backside of a project. It is fun, it gives me the opportunity to sleeve and it is a milestone that state that a project is close to the end.

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    I started in Fusion 360 to get a feel for what I wanted to make. Went fairly fast to reach something I felt could work. I guess the upside of doing my third consecutive project in the amazing be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900. Color scheme was set a long time ago.


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    Took the loose motherboard tray and went to work.


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    A few anoying rivets that always adds extra work. Took some measurements and masked for sawing.


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    No problem with this baby. Fast, straight, hazzle free. Love my Ryobi saw (thank you again Ryobi for the support).


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    Started with a quick prototype that I 3D printed. Extended the height for dual layers (ofc) and did some modifications to holes and fastening after testing with a custom 24 I had laying around. This will look good sanded down and printed on high quality settings.


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    All pieces done. Will make the backside look clean.


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    I got some happy comments on my manually created cable "plate" on project Zeuligan. Was extra fun to be able to 3D print a perfect one. Still just a test print (lesser quality), but needed a prototype for measurements.


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    So easy. Did I mention I just love my saw? <3


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    That will work just as intended, I like this idea for cable management very much. Should prob make more of this...


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    Not that much thinking needed as I had my concept from Fusion 360. Just had to check that I could bend the cables and that I ended up at the right place at the bottom. The MB-plate has 2 holes wide enough for 30ish cables. Not good to miss that opening.


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    After finding the right placement, distance it wasn't much more to it. Just drill all the holes and thread them.


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    Could finally use some of that expensive black matte car vinyl I bought as a test for the exterior before I decided to paint it instead. Will make for a nice contrast in finish and color.


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    Pretty happy with that end result tbh. The matte finish works well for both the texture of the 3D printed custom cable combs and the half shiny metal frame. Will make for a nice backdrop for the custom sleeved MDPC-X cables.


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    Speaking of that. First layer of the 24 pin ready. Will leave that as a teaser for next updated that will be all the cables sleeved (ran out of ATX pins (sigh)) and mounted on the backside. Hope it will look good.
     
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  16. Zeuligan

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    You are making me blush m8 <3.
    THANK YOU so much for the kind words, taking time to watch my log and putting in such a nice comment. I salute you.
     
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    I'm more than happy. Sometimes brands just go way beyond what could be expected even in the wildest dreams. Sometimes amazing people keep doing amazing things. When this happens at the same time you get Atila at EKWB. Thank you so much Atila and thank you so much EKWB for the support.

    The perfect block for project Angl3d Ti just arrived.

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    That block looks great. Fun to see something different
     
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  19. Defyant Mods

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    WOW! so many cool new things to drool over ! :rock::rock:

    loving the Ryobi product placement too :grin: i love my tools :dremel:
     
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    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Wow! Some truly incredible work here! WE ARE NOT WORTHY!
     

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