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Hello, I am considering to embark on my first full fledged case mod. Last night I was browsing case mods and stumbled upon kenny's phantom mod and fell in love with it, but it got me thinking about doing a similar white green mod but on the tj11 I would be trying to incorporate green and white carbon fiber film as well as acrylic, but considering i have none of the parts for the computer or the mod. I was wondering if there was software that I can mess around with that will allow me to see color schemes and possible fabrications. Or do I have to go drop the 3 grand on parts and just eyeball it?

Thanks in advance for your guys help
post #2 of 12
you can take some time to draw it in sketch up, alot of modders use that for rough ideas. or you can look around for a 3d model of the case already.
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3D modeling is the way to go. A lot of people use Googke SketchUp since it's free. PTC (the makers of Pro-Engineer) also offers a free Direct modeling package. I personally prefer using Solids Modeling packages over Direct modeling approaches; my favorite is CREO parametric (formerly Pro-Engineer), but Solidworks is also very good. CREO and Solidworks offer student editions for ~$100; Autodesk Inventor is another option (IMO not as good as Creo and Solidworks) and the student edition is free through the [URL=sttp://students.autodesk.com]Autodesk Student Community[/URL], all you need is a valid *.edu email address.
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Thanks for the help guys. So, after a day or so of research I decided to go with creo, figuring it seems to be the most versatile and will come in handy for any and all future mods. But I was curious if there was a community that i could browse through for pre made FREE 3d models. I just think since I'm new at the software that someone else out there can probably do a much much better job at creating a 3d representation of the TJ11 and was curious to see if there was a dedicated community to doing so.

Again, thanks for the help guys.
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Thanks for the help guys. So, after a day or so of research I decided to go with creo, figuring it seems to be the most versatile and will come in handy for any and all future mods. But I was curious if there was a community that i could browse through for pre made FREE 3d models. I just think since I'm new at the software that someone else out there can probably do a much much better job at creating a 3d representation of the TJ11 and was curious to see if there was a dedicated community to doing so.
Again, thanks for the help guys.

who knows, maybe if you email their tech department, you can ask if they have any blueprints or 3d models of the case, because you're a curious and "professional" modder. I can't find one across the net, but I'm curious to know if silverstone would provide you with one.
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There is a thread around here (link in my sig) where I made some models of watercooling components, a basic fan, and wire fan grill. I did all the modeling in Pro-Engineer and exported to Solidworks and Inventor formats. Probably my biggest achievement in there is a full parametric model of a radiator with a family table to define all the models in the Black Ice series (all in one part file).
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That's impressive, so I spent my time after school today (Only a junior in High School) playing around with creo and considering I have never taken a 3d modeling class or anything related to engineering I was wondering if there were any crash course books or tutorials online that can get me use to the interface and the process of 3d modeling. I want to jump in with two feet into this mod and just really want to make sure that I'm going to do it right. The only books I could find were here . Are any of those good books or is their a free alternative online. Once again guys. Can't say how much I appreciate you taking time to help a beginner enter the world of professional and custom modding.
post #8 of 12
Are you working with CREO Direct or CREO Parametric? I actually use the Parametric.

The books from SDC publications (by Toogood) are actually very good and the ones for Pro Engineer/Mechanica Wildfire 5 are also applicable for CREO Parametric since it's essentially the same software.

The Mechanica part of CREO is actually for performing thermal/structural analysis of a part/assemble to see how it responds to a given load and constraint set.

The basic book covers the essentials of modeling and creating engineering drawings of the parts, while the more advanced books go into features that are useful in parametric design such as the family tables and program layers.
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Thanks. I think I was working with direct....just clicked the shortcut for creo. also when I go to install it doesn't show specifically creo parametric to install? Did i go and buy the wrong thing? The software i have specifically is Creo Elements/Pro 5.0. Also, I was looking at Autodesk Inventor and you said it was the least favorite of three, would you mind elaborating? Thanks again so much. Also, new to the site is there a +rep button I can hit for you or do anything to further raise your status?
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There are actually 2 flavors of Creo Elements/Pro; namely direct and parametric. I had previously provided a link to a free download of the direct. Creo Direct is a similar modeling interface as Google SketchUp, while Creo parametric (student license is ~$100) is similar to Solidworks.

There are actually several reasons why I don't like Inventor. For me personally it's a bit more cumbersome and not as intuitive as Creo, but the biggest issue I have is that things are not very strictly defined in 3 dimensional space. I tried to do a sweep and I didn't find a way to define the position of the cross section (being swept) with regards to the line of action, resulting in the line not being at the center of the section as I wanted it.

And in terms of the Rep, OCN removes that from people who join the staff as a staff position is considered the ultimate form of rep; when that person retires, the rep remains deactivated.
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