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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-17-2014, 07:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello OCN

I have been thinking about making a CnC machine for some time now. Having recently seen that a kit exists to mod the mill we have at home to CnC, i have been putting ideas together and looking for parts to build said machine's controller.




earlier this week i went to check out my university's Ewaste depot and to my surprise i found not 1 but 2 Sun micro servers from around 2001 just sitting there. i immediately took them home as i thought here is some AWESOME material for a custom case mod

Ewaste the home of awesome free stuff (sometimes)




This is the server i found a SunFire v880 with 1 of 4 CPU and ram clusters installed.
Russian Bear for scale wink.gif


another pic with the other server a Sun Micro E450

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Since few of us ever get to see such things, i thought i would do a teardown of the machine, before i retrofit it, so you guys can check out some high end server kit from the early 2000's



you know you have a serious machine where they provide a key to turn it on.


here is a view of the CPU stacking slot side


here is a view of the expansion slot side pannel
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CPU cluster side



here is a pic of the CPU and RAM module. i could hardly believe how heavy it was, i reckon its around 10Kgs (22Lbs) but i will double check



them DIMMs (CL1 at 75MHz not sure of the size of each)









Panel with push buttons to show the status of each CPU?RAM module



There were some really big 180mm fans for serious air flow. they sounded like jet turbines when i powered them up.







More pics to come as i take the Machine appart
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never seen a armoire run mach 3 lol. If u have the room then why not biggrin.gif
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never seen a armoire run mach 3 lol. If u have the room then why not biggrin.gif

HAHA yeah it does seem a bit nuts to have basically a cupboard on wheels just to run that.
The plan is to have it house a PC, all the CnC stepper controllers and be as near to completely dust proof as possible. with the air flow being massively restricted to make it dust proof the large size should help dissipate heat. we have major issues with dust in our workshop so any exposed electronics will be quickly ruined.
Also this machine's power supply can supply 48V at 30Amps, sorted for stepper power.
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Expansion slot side

PCI X and more PCI X


Like the CPU side the expansion slot side also had push buttons for diagnostics but this time for each of the 8 PCI X lanes



Expansion slot cards
Here are the cards i pulled from the expansion slots.

LSI SCSI controller card


a 56k modem card for remote log in/ IPMI?? real retro stuff





an ATI rage XL GPU, really really retro



Power supply distribution board, plenty of sockets to power peripherals



SCSI cable with terminator, you don't see one of those everyday



More to come! biggrin.gif:D
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It's interesting to see what goes into these machines. Keep it up. thumb.gif
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