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post #11 of 58
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small parts update.
I got quoted and picked up my aluminium today. I bought full length extrusions rather than what I just needed so I had extra for future mods.

All up it cost me $31.30 which was quite cheap. I wanted to get it powdercoated black as well but he quoted $295 so I decided I will be spray painting it.
Does anyone know a good method for spray painting it? Do i need primer at all?
post #12 of 58
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small parts update.
I got quoted and picked up my aluminium today. I bought full length extrusions rather than what I just needed so I had extra for future mods.
All up it cost me $31.30 which was quite cheap. I wanted to get it powdercoated black as well but he quoted $295 so I decided I will be spray painting it.
Does anyone know a good method for spray painting it? Do i need primer at all?

i highly recommend getting some self etching primer. will have to order it online, but it is worth the time and money to order. its for auto body mainly and pretty much sews itself into the pores on the surface of the metal and makes for an absolute perfect matte finish to apply paint over.

if you dont want to tho just hit it with a decent grit sand paper to make sure the paint will stick. Do multiple coats (each very light) and hit it with some very very soft sand paper half and 3/4 of the way thru painting, wet sand, and clear.

also, Sub'd....keep the good stuff coming man thumb.gif
~Griz
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i highly recommend getting some self etching primer. will have to order it online, but it is worth the time and money to order. its for auto body mainly and pretty much sews itself into the pores on the surface of the metal and makes for an absolute perfect matte finish to apply paint over.

if you dont want to tho just hit it with a decent grit sand paper to make sure the paint will stick. Do multiple coats (each very light) and hit it with some very very soft sand paper half and 3/4 of the way thru painting, wet sand, and clear.

also, Sub'd....keep the good stuff coming man thumb.gif
~Griz

Thanks for the help there mate, appreciate it. I am pretty sure i can pick the self etching primer up at a local car store so i might take a look sometime.

Woo i think you may be my first.. Sub that is lol tongue.gif

I have now ordered all the screws and tomorrow im going to pick up the steel mesh. After that i will upload my costing of everything for everyone to see smile.gif
Ill post another update tomorrow night- potentially with pictures!
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post #15 of 58
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OKAY. So I promised an update and here it is.
First of all, I'd like to apologise for the poor quality pictures. It is 35 degrees celcius here and I REALLY cannot be bothered doing much.
Plus my main PC is overheating so I am on my laptop right now which I'm sure is about to either overheat or blow up lol.

So I finished my Costing. I have attached the full excel sheet to this post for anyone who wishes to view it in detail.
Costing.xlsx 15k .xlsx file
For everyone who can't be bothered, here is a brief breakdown.


500mm x 500mm Perforated Metal Sheet - $8
Aluminium Extrusions - $31.31
Fasteners - $121.12
Components (fans, hdd etc) - $262.00
Total - $422.43

One thing everyone should also know is that I like to over order things. I ordered 500 screws all up which is double what I need but that means I have surplus for further modding projects biggrin.gif

I also received some components so I can get started really soon! biggrin.gif
Here are some pictures and annotations:

OOH A PACKAGE! I WONDER WHAT'S INSIDE?!?!


YAY! Some screws!


These also came out of that package...


A cat really came out of the package? Yes. Yes it did.


Aluminium extrusions were cheaper than I thought they would be.


This is my workshop.. and what I have to deal with for now. May require some cleaning...



There is the plastic. It's hard to see because it's behind stuff and I couldn't be bothered moving it.


After all the unpackaging, I put everything away in a corner of my room. Btw, I cleaned the steel mesh with soap and water before putting it away - from experience this stuff rusts quite quickly from finger prints.


Hope everyone enjoyed this update. There will be more to come soon!
Edited by defyed - 12/6/12 at 2:59am
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Alright, my main computer has been stuffing up the past few days but I managed to print off a list of the lengths that I need to cut for the aluminium which I've been busy doing. It's almost done apart from the 49 10mm pieces of the Angle extrusion plus another 13 pieces of the same thing at 150mm. I will probably finish that Thursday night given that it's not raining here.

I've also been looking at cable sleeving. I will probably do a combination of red and black cable sleeving but I have to look at some guides first- if anyone has any links it would be appreciated!

Here are some update pictures from what I've been doing on the aluminium so far. It's not really anything other than cutting but it will get there eventually!

So these are a few pictures of the setup I was using for cutting the various extrusions. Basically I have some wooden saw horses which I laid the extrusion across and then I used those clamps to secure them while I cut.




I firstly was cutting them with a hacksaw because I thought I could cut it nice and straight but it turns out I was wrong so I ended up using an angle grinder. I think for next time I'll probably buy a circular saw blade and use that because the cut would be so much cleaner.






As you can see I have to do a bit of filing/sanding/grinding to get the pieces to the correct length and cleaned up but that's still to come.

Sorry that this was a kinda boring post but it will get more interesting after I finish cutting, sanding and drilling all the holes.
Bear with me guys!
Edited by defyed - 12/6/12 at 3:00am
post #17 of 58
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Another small update.

All the aluminium and mesh cutting is complete... FINALLY. It took so long to cut 49 of the small 1cm pieces I need for basically all the joins.







The mesh cutting was quite easy to be honest, mainly because I could just cut between the holes in most cases but it still managed to chew through my cutting disc lol





I just have to clean up the edges a bit. I wanted to do it tonight but I couldn't find a file and I decided that maybe I could do it with sandpaper but all I have is 800+ grit.
I think I am just going to go and purchase a grinder though since I need one anyway- hopefully I can find one that's not too expensive.

Also I've been looking at MDPC sleeving and it looks sooo sexy so I think I might have to order some black and red sleeving from Nils. I want to buy it in bulk but money is tight right now so I might have to just get what I need. Can anyone recommend a good sleeving guide? I've looked at a couple and they look okay but they don't always mention what sleeving/heat shrink to use for the different sized wires/groups of wire. I'm interested mainly in the PSU as well since that's where the bulk of the wiring is going to come from. Nevermind I found Lutro0's guides and theyre pretty damn good.

I also noticed this weird marking on the aluminium. I don't know what it is, and I haven't been rough with them - it's in quite a lot of places. Does anyone know what it is?



That's all for now folks. I'll have more soon!
Blake.
Edited by defyed - 12/8/12 at 2:54pm
post #18 of 58
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I was planning on doing some sanding and filing on the weekend and I had nothing to secure it... UNTIL... I found my vice I made at school!



So I ended up spending a lot of my time filing and sanding the aluminium down to the required sizes and making all the edges smooth so they wouldnt hurt anyone tongue.gif

I had to use a solid square to secure the angles in the vice properly. The setup was something like this:


It honestly took quite a lot of effort, especially the solid square pieces which I ended up giving a buzz with a grinding disc on the angle grinder.


The other part which was quite difficult.. well time consuming.. was the filing and sanding down of the 49 1cm angle pieces. I ended up losing one piece and tried to find it for 20 minutes but I ended up just cutting another one lol.


Anyway I was pretty pleased with the final result! Here are a few extra pictures of what I did smile.gif





Okay so I know it wasnt much but I hope you enjoyed it!
Next I plan to cut the acrylic to size and once done I'll start drilling and tapping everything!
Till next time!
post #19 of 58
Subbed. The black marks are probably from the machining process. Left over oil/grease. I just sanded mine off and used a cleaner before painting. Also a powered miter saw makes quick work of aluminum for straight or angle cuts. I used a table saw with 1/4 inch mdf underneath my metal sheets to to get straight cuts with. Still had to file. I am looking forward to seeing you build log.
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Subbed. The black marks are probably from the machining process. Left over oil/grease. I just sanded mine off and used a cleaner before painting. Also a powered miter saw makes quick work of aluminum for straight or angle cuts. I used a table saw with 1/4 inch mdf underneath my metal sheets to to get straight cuts with. Still had to file. I am looking forward to seeing you build log.

Thanks for the help vaporizer. How did you paint your aluminium? I've had a bit of a look and there is a bit of argument about whether to use etch primer or not, or whether to put a clear coat over top. Pictures would be good too if you have some!

Yeah I wanted to but a cutting disc for the miter saw downstairs but It costs close to 90$ and I couldn't justify it. I will probably do it for next time though since it would save so much time!
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