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    Damn man, that sucks, it still looks sick to me though :thumb: . Have you considered opening a business and taking orders :?: . Anyways, awesome work, : peace2: Mista K6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mista K6
    Damn man, that sucks, it still looks sick to me though :thumb: . Have you considered opening a business and taking orders :?: . Anyways, awesome work, : peace2: Mista K6
    Funny you should ask that....

    One thing I have been working on is a case design, but not out of plastic. I'm a carpenter, and I've looked at the cases available in wood for quite some time now, none of them meeting my own standards for quality or overall design. Right now, you can buy a "wood" computer case that consists of a veneer wrapped around a cheap case that would sell for $40, for $400 . :wow:
    The other choice is a pine or oak computer "cover" that has no ventilation whatsoever other than the back is open (and ugly). By appearance, it looks like a couple of factory cabinet doors joined together by a couple planks and a tambour door. No style IMHO, and these sell for $3-400. I'll post pics of my design ideas in another thread when I have a bit more to show.

    Regarding this case, you haven't seen a lot from me as I've been re-working the design a bit. I met a new friend online that is going to an industrial design school, and has access to laser and CNC machining equipment. I am refining my bezel design for the front which will now be not only cut out by a laser, including the I/O ports, the DVD tray door, and the binoculars and front switches, but it will have a laser graphic burned into the green mirrored plastic itself! To match the front, the top and sides will also have a subtle camo graphic burned into it, and some other tricks as well. I wasn't sure what one could do with a laser until I started looking at his work and discussing it with him more, and I've come up with a few things that should really stand out.

    Since the beginning of this project I've been planning to incorporate an electroluminescent tracer sign on the explosion side that says,"BOOM!" in five individual letters that the tracer can put into over 30 modes! I was planning to accommodate the panels by either bead-blasting the back of the green acrylic mirror, or removing the silvering with a solvent and using a stencil to define the letters. Well, the solvent works fine, but one thing about green acrylic mirror is....the plastic itself is green, giving me only one color choice for the letters....green. I didn't think this would stand out well enough, especially with the vibrant orange and yellow explosion, so using the accuracy of the laser, I will cut the letters completely out of the plastic, and cut orange or red letters of a slightly thicker plastic in the same pattern and bond them in place. This makes the letters slightly raised and the right color, the green mirror masking any overlap of the EL panels. The tough part is, it all requires a high degree of accuracy, and I've been having a tough time getting an accurate enough layout of where everything goes to create a template good enough to commit to the laser. I'm still learning to use some of the photo and drawing programs I have, so it'll take a bit of time before I'm happy with the layout.

    One cool feature I'll be working in is a custom button for the front. I looked at several different button configurations, and all of them interfered with the bezel graphic in some way. Using the nose of the guy holding the binocs, I will be creating a 4-way toggle switch with some tiny momentary switches (donated from another new friend's old joystick) mounted at each quadrant of a laser cutout of the nose. Using a pivot in the center, you will be able to press on each corner of the nose to activate different functions. The switches will be invisible, and the nose will be laser etched with the same graphic as the rest of the front, blending in nicely.

    Recent bad news: After removing the power supply to take measurements for some mesh mods, I replaced the PSU temporarily (to keep it Folding) with another 180W unit I had. For some reason, it wouldn't post, so I put the same stock unit back in....still no post :( I tore it down as far as I could without actually removing the mobo from the case, and still have had no luck even getting an error code. There is power, and all the fans spin, but not a peep from the onboard speaker. I'll be working on this as a possible RMA. I'll use the downtime to work on those PSU mods, which consist of replacing as much as possible of the steel casing with what is called "modder's mesh", a steel mesh screen of a fairly stiff gauge and open hole pattern. I'm also planning to mount the 12V relay switch for the watercooling pump inside the PSU enclosure, tying it in with the 120V power coming in from the power cord. The power cord itself is from an Imac, and is semi-translucent. I plan to light it from inside the PSU plug with LEDs.

    The downtime will also allow me to work on the watercooling system. I had to cut the tabs off the radiator center, ruining my paintjob so I'll have to do that over, but it looks a bit cleaner now. I've already tested my system and know it works, but all the tubing needs to be shortened and routed through the tight interior of the case. Some of the tighter bends could cause kinks in the soft Tygon, so I'll use some heat-bent plastic tubing to support it on the outside. If that doesn't work, I can just use rings of it in place of zip-ties or interior springs I've seen used. I have designed a flushing system for it that will use standard schraeder air valve fittings, and mount to the top of the case. By removing two bullet-shaped aircaps, I will be able to easily bleed and flush the system later. I should have the caps soon and can show you pics of them if you'd like.

    More updates as they come...:cheers:
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    Pic of the power supply mods I'm doing:
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    you continure to amase me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    you continure to amase me....
    Thanks Andy :D
    Here's a better pic, but the best part is what you can't see...
    I finished soldering the leads that tap into the power cord coming in. The 12V relay is mounted internally, so I don't need an extra cord for the pump. I'm also replacing the power switch with a military type but turned around so it's always on unless you lift the cover. I'll have a special Molex connector for the pump to remove it for servicing. I'm also planning to use a translucent iMac cord which will be lit from inside the power plug.
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    :wow: I wonder...what can't you do. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by AsianBatman
    :wow: I wonder...what can't you do. :D
    Ummm...fly;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker
    Ummm...fly;)
    True, keep up the great work. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker
    Ummm...fly;)
    Im sure you could come up with something if you tired :laugh:

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    Did some plastics work today. Got a bracket made to hold my pump without fasteners, but now I'm thinking of changing the entire thing around. My apologies to Daemonlee, but I think I can fit the pump in front of the PSU. Main reason is, the Antec HD heatsink I was planning to use really takes a lot of room out of the case. I started playing around a bit, and discovered that it is possible to mount the HD sideways in the case with a little bit of aluminum work. I can even use the stock hanger hooks so it will remove with just two thumbscrews. Later with a hanger, I could even add a second drive. I ordered a SATA drive for it today, along with a 90 degree SATA cable that will allow it to fit, along with a SATA power adapter I will add to the PSU wiring when I get to that point. Bonus: It will open the inside of the case up more for better viewing pleasure :p
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