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Project Blizzard | Diy testbench with custom watercooling



Hello,
its about time i start a build log on my latest project witch is a scratch built test bench with watercooling. Huge thanks to Aquatuning.de for the watercooling gear!. This is also my first build log i am posting here so keep your eyes open there will be more stuff coming. The idea behind the project was to make a nice looking testbench witch has good cooling capabilities and practical.
Edited by Jokot - 5/6/17 at 10:44am
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Update 01

Here are some more renders, to get a better feel for the project. Full album -> http://imgur.com/a/5aVTp

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Update 02

Like always there are problems, this time not with the build itself rather with the pictures so i had to improvise a bit.

The bottom plate is made of 7mm thick veneer, the veneer sheet is sitting inside grooves i made in the side pieces. I really wanted to avoid using screws so the side pieces and the top edges are connected with glue and wood pins. The top edges was rounded by hand on a band belt sander. After that i made the front and back ledges witch made the whole thing a lot more stable.

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Update 03

Today i have been working on the top plate witch the motherboard will be sitting the cable management holes were cut and sanded by hand as always.





There are some imperfections but that can be fixed with some wood filler.


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Update 04


Some initial sanding and connecting the top plate to the bottom frame.

Started of by sanding down the side parts.

Before.


After.



After sanding the side parts it was time to clue on the top plate.


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Update 05


More sanding and and filling the imperfections with wood filler. I had to fill the holes and sand multiple time to get desired result.









Looking good!





Ready for paint.




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Update 06


Time to paint!





Progress.



The texture is just awesome!





Really happy with the result.



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Update 07


So ive been working a lot on the 3D printed parts the last few days. The 3D printer used is a cheap (170€) DIY kit but after A LOT of hours getting i dialed in i am really happy with the quality of the prints it can produce. Started of by making some simple stuff like the motherboard stand offs every thing was designed in Fusion360.

Motherboard mount made in fusion350.



Going to use some new white filament i got cheap on amazon.



There it is in all its glory.



From left to right, First tried with 210c at the hotend, second try 200c, and final run 195c also lowered the speed from 60mm/s to 40mm/s because the part is so small.



So i printed some more biggrin.gif



Lets test if they fit then.





Hmm so looks like they are too short so lets some taller ones.





That is a lot better, the corner is bending upwards a little because of the backplate thats why it isn't flush with the mount. Haven't decided if i will glue them to the plate or use some strong double sided tape but i am leaning more towards the tape.

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Update 08

3D printed a holder for the start/reset buttons.





First try started bending on the build plate and eventually came lose.





Raised the build plate temperature from 50c to 60c problem solved.





I used Phobya vandalism-proof buttons.





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Update 09

The fans i will be using aren't just any standard computer fans smile.gif they are actually the fans from old dell optiplex full towers, they are NMB 4715KL-04W-B56 fans to be more precise. I decided to use these fans because i know they can push loads of air and performance of the bench is is pretty dependent on the fans. So in this update i will be prepare the fans for some white paint to mach the theme.

Started by taking the apart.















Time to put on some primer.



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