Originally Posted by johnny.dot.exe
The side panel window I want done is the same as the picture that the above poster made with his design software. The only difference is he only has 6 of the 18-ish rivet holes in there, for reasons he stated above. Since a plastic company will be doing this on a CNC style machine, I'd rather ALL the rivet holes be there...if it breaks, they start over at no cost to me. This will be acrylic since done on a machine, so I don't want to do any drilling or cutting myself due to high risk of breakage.
Unfortunately I have no way to make all those measurements myself, nor can I draw at all.
Best way I think is to trace the storm scout window, mark all the rivet holes and fan screw holes, draw a cross section for each set of fan screws...basically a big X where each fan would be and have the lines of the X all end at a screw hole...the middle point of each X is where the center of the 4.5" hole will be. The only real change being made is using holes instead of vents, since that vent design is garbage.
Also, the window that comes with the scout is about 1/8" thick, so that's the thickness I'll go with on the new panel. I don't think that needs to be included in the CAD file...but I'm not sure, they didn't clarify and I can't have an answer on that one until sometime tomorrow when I get around to calling them.
Ok johnny, this is what I got and this is what I can do. I'm going to be doing a window too, in the very near future. So, if you help me out, I'll give you and the CMSSC a CAD drawing that we can all use or adjust to fit what we're doing.
@ Y'all. Hey guys, help out a little here this will benefit us all and future members too.
I have this drawing that Enigma posted a while ago: Attachment 159627
This should be "Actual Size", meaning if you open it to 100% it should be actual size, so, you couldn't view it unless you're on a 32" monitor or HDTV. If you have a printer that will print this as one picture with overlapping edges you'll have a full size Template. Interesting I just noticed it says TechPowerUp on the bottom.
Now, what I need from you or anyone is:
Read this totally then figure out these distances. I need what is known as a 123 measurement, this creates a square on the image. It's actually going to be a triangle but it's used to make things square.
So, the left side is the straight edge, measure a distance along that side, not the whole thing because we just need a combo, that measurement is 1. Then at the top of that measurement you make a line 90 degrees to it, that measurement is 2. Then, the length of the line from the end of 2 back to the bottom of 1 should equal the distance of 1+2.
I make a line 3" from the top of the straight part of the left side going down, the next line which is 2 goes from the top of line one out at 90degrees and that line is 4". This means that when you measure from the end of line 2 back to the bottom of line 1 the distance is the length of 1 & 2, in this case 5". Got it?? That's why it's called 1, 2, 3. If the first is 1" and the second is 2" then the third has to be 3", if it's not, the CAD won't come out right.
, after you have 1,2,3, measure the exact distance from the top of line 1 to the other side of the window where the curve starts. Please do this in milimeters, it will be more exact. You can even do another 1,2,3 there, backwards to make sure they're both square.
Get the picture? This is how you extend a steel girder bridge across a gap, if 1,2,3 aren't right, the bridge falls into the gap and you loose two ranks and 3 months pay!
After you have 1,2,3 on the left and the distance to the other side you will then have an exact line across the window. This is line 4.
now that there's an exact and straight line across the window, you can drop a center line through where the fans go. It will be exactly 90 degrees to the top line, which is 2. I need to know the distance of that line from line 1 also in milimeters please. This line is line 5.
, I need to know how far apart fan 1 and 2 are. If you just want 2, 120mm fans put together in the center of line 5 then I can do that measurement on my own.
If you guys can get me these measurements I can plug it all into a free CAD program, it will calculate the angled parts on it's own then I can measure the rivets and screw holes by myself. It will take a while for the drawing to come out right but when it's done it will be final and available to everyone to download and use in the future. Then, if you want to space you fan holes differently it's pretty easy to just give the shop a measurement and it will do a "natural drift" which moves the centers of the XX's that are the fan motor pins and the holes and all will move by themselves. I'm going to make the thickness 3mm, because that's what Kev_b used on his window and it's the closest you can get to 1/8". Unless you guys want it thicker.
. Dang man, see what you've gone and done while I was telling you guys how to do it! So, can you get me the 1,2,3 & 4 in milimeters, and convert everything you've measured into mm's also? If you can do that then I should be able to CAD it in about 8 hours or 3 days in my time (narcolepsy time).
Edit: Corrected the line numbers, there are 5.
Edit 2: Shiggins snagged me, corrected the formula.Edited by BriSleep - 6/12/10 at 3:34am