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So, I had this moment of inspiration when I recently went to silence my WD Caviar Black, and I used some elastic cable material I found for 49cents a yard at a local fabrics store. It's strong, I even tested putting a whole PC on 4 strands of them, and it stood well.

The thing is, I now have 10 extra yards of the stuff, so I had to do SOMETHING with it... when it hit me. I have an old crappy computer in my closet. Well I might as well use it right?

Well, I am going to create a wooden frame and hang every part, spider-web style, and see how functional I can make this ball of confusing string. Wish me luck!

(PS - sorry about the cruddy picture quality, iPhone 3Gs don't have that nice of a camera )






Edited by williamdabastrd - 1/23/11 at 5:35am
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Should be interesting, sub'd. Please get a better camera for pictures tho
    
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Should be interesting, sub'd. Please get a better camera for pictures tho
Yeah, sorry about that, my stepfather took the good camera to work with him

Maybe I should make this thing a file server lol I have a lot of extra hard disks.
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tell him to bring it home asap

ready for updates...
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tell him to bring it home asap

ready for updates...
Haha I unfortunately will not be updating until later today - but I will take pictures of the process as best I can. If I can sneak on during robotics I'll post some stuff.

I am on my high school robotics team, which means we have access to the wood shop, wood, metals, computer parts galore (although crappy old ones), and lots of power tools.

EDIT: Anyone know how to ghetto rig a power button? I don't have one from the case I gutted *sad panda*
Edited by williamdabastrd - 1/21/11 at 2:04pm
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Ok, here are some pictures of the proof-of-concept setup. It's quite a mess, but it still gets the general concept out:





Hopefully rendition 2 will be much cleaner. I'll start in a few days, I'll buy more elastic (20 yards or so for future-proofness), seek out more powerful hardware, and buy wood not riddled with dry rot.
Edited by williamdabastrd - 1/23/11 at 5:36am
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Umm.......Huh....how does the fan work?
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Umm.......Huh....how does the fan work?
It still blows a considerable amount of air. It's mostly for show. I plan on utilizing it more efficiently when I get a better design worked out.
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Ingenuity at it's finest. Now just get some spiders to finish it up for you.
    
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May I suggest turning the fan upside down and leaving a gap under it. That way it would push air up and past the components. You could secure it with the elastic cord and staple or tie it onto the wood. Just my 2 pennies. Rep+ for your ghetto rigging and thinking outside the box literally!
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