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Loricatus
Latin for "Armored"

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I like to start off with some kind of representation of what I plan on doing, but I decided to be lazy. This baby's all in my head. On that note...




1/16" sheet with some 1/2" square bar to get started with. I'm going to need a lot more before I'm done.



I went ahead and annealed the bar, but I skipped on the pictures. I've learned my lesson trying to bend tempered aluminum.



Lot's of hammering.





Pain the butt to get them nearly the same shape.









Getting an idea for how it will look? biggrin.gif



Hit the table saw to cut out 30 of these guys. A saw blade with a negative rake is a must for aluminum work. Well, unless you like getting metal thrown at you at high speed.



Trued them up a bit.





One down, 29 more to go.

Before I lose my mind cutting out all these pieces, check this out.



What could that be for... Yes, for this project I will be making my own blocks for the video card and CPU. I've always wanted to do that, it's half the reason I bought a mill.

I've been working on a prototype with aluminum.





I'm excited!
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Subbed for sure! thumb.gif Your last build was quite impressive! This looks to be shaping up the same way!

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1- This will be on my top subbed builds.. and i've a friend that will love this build. and will follow as he is learning to do his blocks as well.


2- Now to my questions. Can we get a 3d Sketch of how this is planned to looks like biggrin.gif, and are you sure about the structural integrity of two curved aluminum bars ? will your shells if welded/bolted give enough for the skeleton to hold on to the weight of the components? i'm not questioning. i'm asking if you have had a kinda of a thought about it.

Great build.. will love seeing this finish.

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The aluminum will be strong enough for the down force without any trouble, it will just need a little rigidity side to side which wont be tough. I assume rivets?

I am learning CNC right now and will be making my own blocks and case as well soon smile.gif I also LOVED baby moon. SUBBED.

I like how you made the CPU block have its mounting hardware where, if in the future you decide to change the board/chipset, you can easily adapt to new mounts.

can you give me a source of that copper? I found a place, but they did quite have the width that I was looking for.

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Subbed for sure! thumb.gif Your last build was quite impressive! This looks to be shaping up the same way!
This will kick Baby Moon's butt!
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1- This will be on my top subbed builds.. and i've a friend that will love this build. and will follow as he is learning to do his blocks as well.


2- Now to my questions. Can we get a 3d Sketch of how this is planned to looks like biggrin.gif, and are you sure about the structural integrity of two curved aluminum bars ? will your shells if welded/bolted give enough for the skeleton to hold on to the weight of the components? i'm not questioning. i'm asking if you have had a kinda of a thought about it.

Great build.. will love seeing this finish.
Apart from a veeeeery rough sketchup to make sure everything fits I don't have anything to show. In fact, I don't really have a finalized design. I have a few ideas for just about everything, we'll just have to see how it pans out. I'm actually a little hung up on how to transition from what I'm working on now to the side panels. I'll get some inspiration while I work on the main part.

And yeah, I'm not worried about structural integrity. There will be some internal bracing and the plates will probably all be bolted on.
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The aluminum will be strong enough for the down force without any trouble, it will just need a little rigidity side to side which wont be tough. I assume rivets?

I am learning CNC right now and will be making my own blocks and case as well soon smile.gif I also LOVED baby moon. SUBBED.

I like how you made the CPU block have its mounting hardware where, if in the future you decide to change the board/chipset, you can easily adapt to new mounts.

can you give me a source of that copper? I found a place, but they did quite have the width that I was looking for.
I've had a lot of fun just designing a simple block I could make with my cheap mill. If I had some kind of CNC mill/router I would be in heaven. I ended up with 0.020" channels on my prototype, my setup and homemade slitting saw arbor wasn't rigid enough for 0.010". I hope it still performs decently.

As for copper, I usually buy metal from onlinemetals.com. I've ordered enough from them I get coupons for 25% off if my order is over $100. So I ended up with a 6" x 11" x 0.25" piece of copper flat bar for like $35. I'll probably go with a short 970 gtx if I can afford it so I have plenty of material for a full cover gpu block and like four cpus.
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