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Scratch Build – In Progress Tiny HTPC (semi) passive, Full HD, 1080p bluray(really finished+lil report 28/6)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ichessblumen, 8 Apr 2008.

  1. ichessblumen

    ichessblumen What's a Dremel?

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    lunch break and time to have a look at this forum... wohoo.

    thank you for the nice comments. *proud* :)

    Thanks.. The cnc parts from here: http://www.schaeffer-ag.de/index.php?id=97&L=1

    It's a free-software on their site which I downloaded. Absolutely Easy to use. It's 2D with inbuilt ordering application.
    I ordered the parts a week ago... stunning fast delivery.
     
  2. Kenny_McCormick

    Kenny_McCormick Minimodder

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    Great execution there. Simple and smooth.
     
  3. nickhelton

    nickhelton What's a Dremel?

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    how do you bend the mesh to be flush like that?
    did you just lay it on a hard flat surface and bend away?
     
  4. crazylittleman

    crazylittleman What's a Dremel?

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    Brilliant work so far, I think mounting the drive in the spare expansion slots is just inspired :clap:
     
  5. ichessblumen

    ichessblumen What's a Dremel?

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    thanks again...that inspired me a lot to kep on with the work.

    I laid the mesh flat on the cut out and with the residuary cut-out I pressed it in. Unfortunately they used a 3mm milling cutter that the opening around was 3mm and it din't fit so nicely as I presumed. I'll do that again and wind some sticky tape around the residuary cut-out to reduce the opening.

    Later in the evening I'll come up with some pics as a how2.
     
  6. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    eBay is your friend.

    Excellent work, by the way! You are giving mCubed's HFX cases a run for their money! :thumb:

    what did you use to bend the heatpipes with?
     
  7. ichessblumen

    ichessblumen What's a Dremel?

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    thx nexxos,

    unfortunately no way in Germany to get em on ebay. But Shuttle send me two 10 cm sata cables. :clap:

    Re bending the heatpipes. I used a...dunno how to say...erm a tube spring. the inner daimeter of it mazches the outer of the heatpipe. and it's flexible.
    so yer able to bend it and then pull it from the bent heatpipe.

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    and ebay is ur friend :thumb:

    Well, the mcubed was my inspiration...but couldn't effort it (or better: I wouldn't pay for it :naughty: ) ....
    I hope it'll turn out as well as the mcubed. the whole stuff costs me around 700 euros (approx 565 gbp). With all that gizmos inside the mcubed would cost 2.000 euros, whats around 1600 gbp... :duh:
     
  8. said

    said What's a Dremel?

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    Maybe this will help you. Klick
     
  9. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    Thanks! :thumb:

    I know what you mean. I'm working on an HFX Mini, which I mostly scavenged together from a B-grade case and used components via eBay --which cuts the price considerably. But I have some criticisms of certain aspects of the design, and think that I will have to make some modding improvements... :dremel:
     
  10. ichessblumen

    ichessblumen What's a Dremel?

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    update Apr 17th

    wohoo, update...update :)

    I'm close to fall asleep, but just wanna show the small progress of this late night work.

    I think you'll recognize what's this gonna be...therefor just pics. ;-)

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    Okay, a few words here. Upon special wish...I think it's recognizeable how I fabricated the "flushed in" mesh.

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    Good n8. :yawn:
     
  11. Jokkocze

    Jokkocze What's a Dremel?

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    That's an eject button, right?
     
  12. ichessblumen

    ichessblumen What's a Dremel?

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    :rock: yes, it is...:D

    Thank you. Meanwhile Shuttle send me two short cables. :)
     
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  13. ichessblumen

    ichessblumen What's a Dremel?

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    Hi Folks, time for an update.

    This is the work of two long evenings and a sunday.
    It doesn't look much, but t'was timeconsuming all that soldering, filing and and assembling and disassembling while I tried the components to fit.

    That's the emergency fan which is now shroudless, that the air can paas out. I call it "Free Wheely" ...:lol:

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    Here , that's the wire harness. Only the needed contacst. No more no less. But took me some time.

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    And that's the result. Viewed from top you can see...all wires in a fine order.

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    And then I thought over and over agin, what sort of acrylic I should use for the display.
    I tried an acrylic two way mirror...but I didn't like it. Was too much silverish in the front.
    Blue, yes blue... ahh, found a forlorn piece in the garden shed and cut it right away.

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    wohoo, and after that I tried how it looks like. Well, see...

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    Ather that I was quiet happy with the look of it and installed OS and the VFD driver plus software and it turns out like this.... :rock:

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    another view

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    viewe from the right top angle

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    I'd say: "Finished"... :dremel:

    Some last things are over.

    I want to put a usb port between the fins on the left side coz on the backside is not very convienent.

    Of course final pics have to be made. I think I'll do that when I've set up the whole rig
    in my drawing room and when mediaportal will be installed.
    I'll report then about the temps...

    So long.
     
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    said What's a Dremel?

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    Sweet...Very nice. :jawdrop:
     
  15. KaotiK

    KaotiK What's a Dremel?

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    A simply stunning piece of craftsmanship.
     
  16. Cyprio

    Cyprio G5 Supermodder

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    Absolutely breath-taking. :jawdrop:
     
  17. Cheops

    Cheops What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice case you have build, nice design, clean and stylish, just perfect :)

    Just a little question on the CPU-cooler, how well does it perform? And is the cooler running only in case of real emergency or is it on all the time?

    Nice modding!!!
     
  18. E.E.L. Ambiense

    E.E.L. Ambiense Acrylic Heretic

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    Gorgeous high-quality work.
     
  19. samkiller42

    samkiller42 For i AM Cheesecake!!

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    Wow, that case is stunning, the VFD, the HDD locations and the passive cooling is inspired. A very nice and well executed peice of work.
    You should give your self a pat on the back:D

    Sam
     
  20. Noni

    Noni What's a Dremel?

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    That looks perfect, dont normally post anymore, but that is a great case.

    Well done.
     

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