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post #11 of 24
sweet. looks like this will be a good one. subbed
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post #13 of 24
This looks great. Im loving the metal look you'll be using. nice look all around on the front bezel.
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UPDATE!

So first off, I have to offer up some major THANKS! to the Dallas Makerspace, a local community of hackers, builders, and makers. Their collective knowledge and expertise has been most welcome. Most importantly, they have the tools I would not have otherwise had access to that will make this build go quicker and MUCH more smoothly. Hackerspaces are popping up in most major cities in the US (can't speak for Europe, but I'm sure they're around). Find them, join them, make stuff. smile.gif

So first order of business, I hopped on the laser cutter and started with the tray that will house the illumination for the midplate.


There is only about a 1/2 inch or so of clearance between the expansion slot covers in the rear of the case and the PSU, so every millimeter I can get is a good thing. This mock-up is done in 1/8" acrylic, but I could probably go to 1/16 if I made it with more fingers in the box. As it is, it's a perfectly functional prototype.
The downside is that since I don't have much in the way of clearance I will probably have to solder in the LEDs manually instead of picking up a strip, as most strips will likely still be too wide.

Having cut the tray, I mocked up and cut the shroud. This is unfinished aluminum, which I will either have anodized, or will coat with 3M carbon fiber Di-Noc.




Lastly, I went ahead and cut a quick test piece for the replacement for the roof mesh:

This piece unfortunately doesn't quite fit so I'll have to do it again. Also, the Dremel doesn't make the cut as wide as I want it, but it's too narrow to fit even a small file into without just a ton of work. If anyone has any suggestions on how to widen a dremel slot cut in sheet metal, please let me know.

Next up, I'll be tackling the side panel to do something about the mesh over there. Stay tuned!
post #15 of 24

You could try to find some side emitting LED strips so the width wouldn't matter. The selection is a little more limited and harder to get a hold of, but some can be found on Ebay and Amazon as well as other places I'm sure.

post #16 of 24
Yiss! I did a search for led strips that would meet your requirements, but I could not find any either. frown.gif Hopefully you get ahold of some.
post #17 of 24
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Those side-emitting strips might work, though I'm not sure how much room they'll leave for the internal clear acrylic. I've found a couple of places (http://www.superbrightleds.com/ in particular) that carry them, so I'll probably pick up a short length to play with. Worse case scenario, I do have access to a laser cutter for that acrylic; I'll just make another tray with a bunch of 3mm holes in the side solder them all together somehow. I'd prefer, for the sake of simplicity, to have a strip, but it won't be the end of the world if it doesn't happen.
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UPDATE!

So first off, I have to offer up some major THANKS! to the Dallas Makerspace, a local community of hackers, builders, and makers. Their collective knowledge and expertise has been most welcome. Most importantly, they have the tools I would not have otherwise had access to that will make this build go quicker and MUCH more smoothly. Hackerspaces are popping up in most major cities in the US (can't speak for Europe, but I'm sure they're around). Find them, join them, make stuff. smile.gif

So first order of business, I hopped on the laser cutter and started with the tray that will house the illumination for the midplate.


There is only about a 1/2 inch or so of clearance between the expansion slot covers in the rear of the case and the PSU, so every millimeter I can get is a good thing. This mock-up is done in 1/8" acrylic, but I could probably go to 1/16 if I made it with more fingers in the box. As it is, it's a perfectly functional prototype.
The downside is that since I don't have much in the way of clearance I will probably have to solder in the LEDs manually instead of picking up a strip, as most strips will likely still be too wide.

Having cut the tray, I mocked up and cut the shroud. This is unfinished aluminum, which I will either have anodized, or will coat with 3M carbon fiber Di-Noc.




Lastly, I went ahead and cut a quick test piece for the replacement for the roof mesh:

This piece unfortunately doesn't quite fit so I'll have to do it again. Also, the Dremel doesn't make the cut as wide as I want it, but it's too narrow to fit even a small file into without just a ton of work. If anyone has any suggestions on how to widen a dremel slot cut in sheet metal, please let me know.

Next up, I'll be tackling the side panel to do something about the mesh over there. Stay tuned!

double up the blades on the attachment if you're using the standard screw-on blades. Not possible with the quick change blades as far as I know.
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post #19 of 24
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I did manage to pick up some strips of 5050 and 3528 LEDs. The 3528 is only 8mm wide, the 5050 are 10mm wide. Did a trial cut of the diffuser on Thursday, didn't turn out very well at all. I turned the laser power down to about 10% and still managed to cut nearly 1/16" into the material. I'll try rastering the grid next time, that should work a bit better. Next update should (I hope) include the fabricated light panels for all 3 illuminated surfaces. smile.gif
Edited by Nightglow - 5/25/13 at 6:31am
post #20 of 24
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Finally have an update coming! The illuminated panels have proven to be something more of a headache than I originally anticipated, but I'm finally at a place I can call those completed. More details tonight when I have a chance to take some proper pics... having some difficulty getting the pics off my cell at the moment.
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