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Brilliantly execution there mate! I wonder what my cases look like right about now ? biggrin.gif
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Hey again! wave2.gif

Last time I went over powdercoating (one of these days I'm gonna add back/fwd links like bclk), from receiving the cases from fab to the finished, well, finish. tongue.gif

This time let’s go thru assembly!

I got all the parts back presorted into color batches... I decided not to have the threaded holes masked before powder because I didn’t like the buildup of powder next to the masked holes. See below.... um, no.




So assembly began by chasing - by hand - each of the ~50 threaded holes on each case. Yeah I know.

I don’t think I have any in-action shots but you can see the drill & taps on the left of this shot.




There’s no secret to it other than to go reeeealy slow until you get the hang of it. By the end though I was flying thru them... powder is quite a bit softer than steel so you can tell when the bit isn’t aligned with the threads & adjust your angle accordingly.




Finished parts.

We also had to modify a few pieces of off-the-shelf hardware for them to work with Splash. My wife volunteered to countersink the motherboard standoffs. wheee.gif




We had to do this because the shank on the flat-head screws we used is the slightest bit longer than the thickness of the steel, so if you don’t countersink the standoffs they’ll wiggle. That’s no good, so wifey to the rescue!






The aftermath.

I took on the job of shortening the couple sets of M3 radiator screws that were preordered. During testing we found out 35mm long M3 screws are 2-3mm too long and will interfere with rad fins because they sit lower in the countersunk case holes than larger M4 and 6-32 screws. The easiest way to fix that is just grinding them down 3mm and cleaning up the ends with a die.






As you can imagine this takes a while which is why I no longer offer M3 screws. wink.gif

Now that hardware is prepped its time to put everything together!










There are about 20 different types of hardware used on Splash so this came in really handy...




There’s not much to assembly really, it’s just a time-consuming process. Align tab A with slot B kinda stuff. As I went thru all the cases I got into a rhythm where I could turn on a movie and crank thru 10-15 motherboard assemblies. Then I’d attach the motherboard tray/back panel to the main chassis. The front IO (except on the IO-delete cases of course) went in next, we refined the final version quite a bit so that it’s super rigid once installed but adjustable so that if you decide to remove the IO bracket for whatever reason it can be reinstalled & adjusted if needed. The last things I bolted on are the fillport mount, HDD tray and sidepanel behind the motherboard.

Done!






(Don’t worry there’s foam pads between the cases & wood!)

All the other stuff, like power switches and sidepanels, since there are several to choose from, are only installed when a case is ordered. I'll highlight some of those options in the next update.... until then, cheers everybody!!
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SLE
Excellent work SLE.
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So assembly began by chasing - by hand - each of the ~50 threaded holes on each case. Yeah I know.

Can't believe you retapped all those thousands of holes. weirdsmiley.gif

Did I ever mention how awesome you are? thumb.gif
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Thanks a lot SLE! thumb.gif
    
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I second this!!! I like having two graphics cards and 4 ram slots smile.gif

Could always opt to cram a z77 or x79 shuttle board in there like I am if you really need 4 ram sockets. While I'd like to sli it will be very snug to get the fittings to not come out from the bottom of the case.
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Thanks guys! Would so love to do x79 in one of these, glad you're gonna try it Yop. :thumbsups

 

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Did I ever mention how awesome you are? thumb.gif

 

You have but for some reason I never get tired of hearing it. :p

 
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I know that shuttle are the only blokes that do m-ITX for the X79 chip. So funny yet epic move on you Yop...
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Hey again! :wave2:

 

At long last I'm gonna wrap this up! Last time I talked about assembly, which is the last thing I do before outfitting each case to suit each individual order. So this time I’ll share some pics of the options we offered & also a little bit of info on case packaging since I’ve gotten so many compliments on it (which must be shared with @Xaero252 since the method is his). Then we can safely call this build log DONE and go have a :drink:

 

I think we can all agree that one thing that makes Splash special is the customizability built into it. I built the first one to match my tastes so I wanted everyone to be able to build their Splash to match their style & whatever theme they wanted. To that end, three colors were offered (four if you count the two prototype cases that were coated gloss white, plus custom colors for the lucky few who got one of the first batch of cases), along with several side panel options, different color power switches and personalized nameplates. If you own a case you know what all that means, but if not here's some more on that.

 

Before outfitting each case, they’re fully assembled with the exception of the options. You can see here that basically means the sidepanel and power switch isn’t installed, but it’s otherwise ready to go:

 

 

 

Sidepanel: we offered a color-matched steel sidepanel, clear acrylic, smoked acrylic and later added a frosted clear sidepanel at the request of @knch which really turned out cool. The acrylic panels:

 

 

 

 

Power switches are the 16mm ring-LED variety. Toward the end of the production run I hand-wired each switch using MDPC or Lutro0 sleeving because it looks sooooo good. I didn’t advertise that though because it was really only the last few cases that got it. But worth sharing a pic & bragging about here. :p

 

 

 

And probably my favorite option is the custom nameplate. We started out by cutting these out of aluminum, which it turns out is ridiculously expensive (because its one-of-a-kind & setup takes a long time). So mid-production we switched to laser-cut acrylic nameplates. The plus side there is that acrylic is cheap and easy to cut so that opened up a lot of color possibilities.

 

Metal nameplates:

 

 

 

 

Acrylic ones:

 

 

 

 

 

Also late in the game, and by popular demand I hand-made three front IO blank plates for a few buyers. We originally offered cases with IO deletes, where the metalwork completely omitted the front IO holes. Understandably those cases sold out quickly, leaving a few buyers wanting. @drifterdave and I came up with a pretty elegant solution, which is basically a small laser-cut piece of ¼” acrylic that I hand-file and sand to take on the shape of the cutouts. It just friction-fits into the opening and effectively makes those holes disappear. Plus it allows longer video cards to fit and if you change your mind about the front IO later it reinstalls with two screws. :thumb:

 

Here’s the laser cut part (left) and the finished part after filing & sanding (right):

 

 

 

The tools:

 

 

 

Done:

 

 

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Finally here’s a photo dump of the packaging. Bubblewrap rules!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On that bombshell I’d like to say :cheers: to all of you for following along, it’s been a quite a ride! And of course it’s not really over, as everyone is building with their own cases now & sharing either in their build logs or in the Brotherhood thread. I’m watching them pretty closely for ideas for my next rebuild. But that’s a topic for another build log. ;)

 

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That gave me a rush of blood to the head, can remember soo many things from the get go of this build log! wink.gif
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Excellent write-up, thanks again smile.gif

The thing I liked about the original nameplates is that they screw into the case with the short screws and are fundamental to the structure. I'm using one of the acrylic plates now and I'm wary of having it too tight in case I crack the acrylic, and too loose might warp the case since my side panels are off. And, what's the intended way to secure the acrylic plates? Did you include longer screws and nuts/washers?
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