10.0 Laying up the Pedestal in Carbon Fiber and Machining the Fusion RodsLaying up the Pedestal
It's been a busy week so far. This weekend I laid up the carbon fiber around the pedestal and man it is strong! I am really happy with how the case is looking so far. I've decided to house my PSU in the pedestal as well, which will come later.
I laid up the top first using three layers of carbon fiber with alternative weave direction. First step was to cut three equally sized pieces of CF.
Next I wet out the carbon fiber with resin one layer at a time. I did the lay up on a piece of glass to achieve a flat and pristine finish.
Then laid the balsa core on top of the wet carbon fiber.
The sides followed the same suit and we end up with this!
Ignore the wrinkles in the front, it gets covered by the front fascia.
Size perspective with a chair next to it
Time to clear coat the pedestal.The Fusion Rods for the Reservoir
In the reservoir will be two lit up acrylic rods that I have called "fusion rods" meant to look like something out of a sci-fi nuclear reactor. The rods are lit up with 7 super bright blue LED's.
First step was to machine the bores for the LED's using a 5mm ball mill.
Testing! These things look awesome lit up in both light and dark. It's hard to capture the true essence of the luminous blue glow.
Thats all for now!