Another little update:
In my last post I showed you the 500mm stainless steel tubes I have got for making the reservoir sleeves, and a little while back I mentioned that I was hoping to use some of the excess to make some neater, sleeker, matching brackets to replace the ugly plastic stock ones. Well here are a few pictures of what I’ve got in mind.
This is an exploded view of the bracket design (yes, I know, yet more CAD work - somebody stop me)
. As you can hopefully see the idea is to cut a thin 10mm ring of stainless steel from the spare bits of tube, make a cut through it, then fold out the two adjacent quarters of the circumference to produce a U-shape. Two slots would then be made in the flattened sections and the whole thing polished up to match the sleeve itself. Then a small 10mm thick piece of black acrylic (of which I have plenty spare, from back when I was foolishly attempting to fabricate the Neopixel backlighting spacers by hand)
will be used to create the second half of the bracket. A semicircle cutout will be made and six screw holes drilled; four to fix the bracket together and two more to mount it.
The result should look something like this. This design should help hold the reservoir firmly in place, whilst the use of the foam pad that I mentioned previously will cushion it from being damaged. To help with this the screw and slot arrangement will give an easy way to tweak of the tightness of the bracket.
The main reservoir assembly would consist of: the Cape Fuzion Core itself, the stainless steel sleeve, a 5mm foam pad rolled into a cylinder (with half the window profile cut from each open end)
wedged in place between them, two of the brackets as described above, and two finishing rings cut from stainless steel plate to neatly cap the exposed ends.
If I can get this to work, the overall result should look something like this:
Full assembly, plus the fittings, gold stop caps (to match the compression fittings, though I may need to change those for vent valves)
and the ends of the eight fibre optic strands that will be used for the lighting. A little different from the version in the original CAD models (which had contrast brackets rather than matching the sleeve finish)
, but all in all it looks a rather promising idea don’t you think?