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About Boddaker

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  1. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Well I didn't get the resin poured over the weekend (turns out I need a scale to accurately measure out the two-part mixture), so instead I worked on the cabling layout, access holes, and SSD placement. Mocking things up, I ran the motherboard cabling down to the floor and marked where they would pass thru to the psu. On the other side under the mobo, I'll be needing an access hole for two USB3.0 cables & ethernet from the IO, as well as an SSD data cable and the HDMI cable from the video card. Luckily both USB and ethernet are located in the same place, so I just need to make one hole. Here's the video card hanging temporarily in place to see how much space is needed between it and the webbing. It also gives me an idea of what shape the mounting bracket will need to be. With everything marked, I could tear it all down again, and start drilling holes in the bottom light panel. I wanted to get the look of individual holes for the sleeved cables, but still have one main hole for each group of cables. For the Zadak SSD, I couldn't find any good place to mount it on the webbing, so I tried placing it right on the floor... but it sticks out too much because it's so thick. So I decided to flush mount it into the floor. Using the scroll saw, I cut a gigantic hole in the bottom light panel. Next, I needed to rout out some extra material at one end to make room for the cables. After some filing, the SSD fits nice and snug. Digging thru my closet o' spare parts, I came across an adata SSD mounting bracket. So I used that to support the SSD underneath. Here it is from the top. Now the SSD sits flush with the top of the light panel, and the cabling is hidden below. An overall shot of the bottom light panel with all the access holes drilled, ready for the sleeved cables!
  2. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Well, I finally have some progress to show. I've been working on an idea for the back panel, but had to scrap several failed attempts, mainly due to 3D printing woes. But now that I revised my plan, redesigned the model, and fixed my printer, I finally have a workable piece! The idea was to fill the center of the back panel with a bunch of random, extruded, clear organic shapes that will be backlit by the 140mm fans. Simple enough! ...well not really. First, I had to come up with a 3D model, so I created a cluster of organic shapes derived from the webbed motherboard tray and fan grills. It's basically a reverse of that, in where the holes are now the solids. I then designed the cluster to be stackable end to end, making a seamless pattern so I could stack four of them to fill in the back panel. Here is the 3D printed quarter section: It fits nicely in the frame of the back panel. In order to make duplicates of this in clear resin, I need to make a silicone mold of it. So first I coat it with XTC to smooth out the print. While that cures, I whip up a quick box for the mold. Doing some volumetric calculations, I realize my box is too big for the small amount of silicone I bought, so I used some dense foam pieces to fill in around the print. Now I should be able to cover the entire piece without running out. I'm using a product from Smooth-On called OOMOO 30, which is a 2-part silicone rubber. Very easy to work with, just mix both parts 1:1 ratio. Working time is 30 minutes, cures in about 6hrs. .. but why do I feel the need to play Portal 2 now? Once mixed thoroughly, it turns to a uniform purple color. Some products require the use of a vacuum chamber to degas the mixture (remove all the bubbles), but this OOMOO stuff is formulated for beginners and doesn't really need it, due to it's low viscosity. After spraying on some mold release, we're ready to pour! Going around the edges with a long slow pour and letting the silicone flow into the piece by itself helps prevent any bubbles from forming. Now we wait while it cures. The next day I came back and started the demold process. I quickly found out that it was going to be impossible to get the print out in one piece. I could work it loose all around the edges, but the center was locked and I was starting to tear in places in between the towers. So I had to cut around each one and remove them one at a time. All out! Didn't take too long, but now I have to rethink my plan of making a resin copy all at once, because I won't be able to get it out of the mold in one piece. I will have to divide it up into smaller parts, or even do each shape individually. Next update will hopefully show some successful resin replicas of the original print. Fingers crossed!
  3. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    The guys at EVGA sent over one of there new Z10 keyboards to mod, along with an X5 mouse and killer Torq mouse pad. I will of course be adding some webbing to the Z10 and painting it white so it matches the theme. And I finally got my chromed parts in! Unfortunately, some of the parts didn't get my seal of approval and will have to be sent back to be re-done. But here are the pieces that were acceptable.. the CPU block from CM's Maker 240 kit: The GPU bezel came out awesome: And both Zadak memory caps and SSD trim piece were acceptable.. The motherboard tray was ok, but has issues too. luckily most of them will be hidden by the motherboard itself. But I was able to set it in place and see how it looked with all the light panels on: (sorry the camera in my phone sucks for lighting so everything is blown out) Shot of the finished front panel: And some better pics after extensive photoshopping lol: Still need some adjustment here and there, and I can now mark the bottom panel for cabling holes and such.
  4. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Had a great productive weekend! Made an extra webbing insert for the back light panel so it matches the double layers of the top panel. With the lights on, it creates some really cool shadow effects. Got started on the front light panel as well.. With the reservoir mounted directly in front of it, I needed to make some pass-thru holes for the in/out ports. Fortunately, the frosted 1/8" panel is transparent enough for me to see exactly where the fittings are. The view from the res side, and my markings seem to line up nicely. I used a 3/4" spade bit to start the hole, then finished it off with the dremel. With the Primochill flex compression fittings.. ..and a view from the other side.. Once that was done, I figured I'd make the pass-thru holes on the top panel as well. After marking the holes and seeing how close they were to the webbing, I decided to work them into the design, rather than having just perfectly round holes like the front panel. So I free-handed some random shaped holes to blend it in to the overall web pattern. ..and cut! I also added a couple smaller holes next to the main ones, but didn't go all the way through, just to enhance the effect. ..and with the white fittings.. Lastly, I of course just had to see what it looked like with some black LRT flex tubing! Only thing left is to add the led strip to the front panel, and then all the light panels will be done!
  5. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    One more: Top and bottom alu rails..
  6. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Just a quick update to show some teaser shots of the black chrome pieces. Should be getting these back in the next day or so.. Can't wait! Motherboard tray, top grill, and the two webbing pieces hanging (gold tubes not mine lol) Closer shot of the top grill.. One of the two webbing pieces.. Same webbing comparing it to regular chrome.. Strix 1070 fan bezel.. Front panel.. Zadak511 SSD trim piece.. Will get more detailed shots once these parts are back in my possession. Stay tuned!
  7. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Got more headway on the light panels over the weekend (since I wasn't able to attend the lan, I needed to stay away from the computer and all those taunting Steam alerts.. So I locked myself in the garage lol) Built the side walls for the back panel, added the led strip, and aluminum foil tape to keep all the light going one direction: thru the front. Light box mounted to the fan bracket.. Fan bracket/light panel assembly mounted to the case frame.. View from the inside of the case.. Starting on the top light panel, I decided to do something different. I have two pieces of frosted 1/8" acrylic that, when sandwiched together, makes up the 1/4" panel. I was going to glue them up when I inadvertently reversed one over the other, and I liked what I saw.. Since the panel is symmetrical, only the random holes cross over each other creating a more complex design, and adds depth. It will be interesting to see how the light shows through both pieces now. Adding the side walls.. Placing in the case to figure mounting tab placement. The top fan/radiator bracket is the exact same as the one in the back, so I'll be mounting the light panel in the same way, with four aluminum tabs. Gotta adjust the gaps a bit between light panels, but overall fits well. Once I get the leds in and the panel mounted, I'll do a light test with all three panels. Hopefully tonight!
  8. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Smallish update.. didn't get as much as I wanted to over the weekend, but I did manage a few hours in the garage, so I got two of the four light panels figured out. There's not much room behind the bottom panel to do a lightbox of any depth, so it will have to be edge-lit. I added a piece of clear 1/4" acrylic under the 1/8" frosted piece, and ran the led strips around the entire thing, securing it with aluminum foil tape. I then covered the back of it so no light would escape anywhere but the front. The aluminum foil tape is perfect for this as it has zero bleed-thru and is very reflective. For the back panel, there is a bit more room so I can mount the led strips a bit farther back, which will yield more even lighting. testing the lighting on both bottom and rear panels. The fans aren't lit at the moment, but should fill in the center of the back panel nicely.. The bottom is not as bright in the center, but shouldn't be too noticeable once the motherboard tray and all the webbing is in place.
  9. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Did the painting some weeks ago, just never posted the pics.. so here ya go! Getting primer on all the panels.. Ziplines are good for other things too.. like hanging up parts for paint lol After doing the bodywork and priming, it was ready for the white.. but it got cold outside so I had to throw up some viqueen in the garage. After a few coats of paint, it's looking pretty good. Next was the angled side panels. All the parts have sufficiently dried and cured by now. I still have some color sanding/polishing to do, just waiting for a nice day so I can do that outside. Until then, I'm getting the other parts ready to send to the chromer's. Can't wait to get it all back and see how everything looks!
  10. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    This is something I wanted to do since I cut the hole in the front panel for the reservoir window. The original CM logo badge was an unfortunate casualty of the hole position and was lost, so I am relocating it down lower. But I didn't want to just move the thin metal badge down and re-glue it, I felt compelled to enhance it.. make a more elegant and fitting badge for this case. So first step was to establish the center of the panel, and mark the new location of the logo. I had a few small logos cut along with all the other acrylic. Once the logo was on center and traced, it could cut it out. I made sure to keep inside the line so I can trim out to it. Initially using the dremel and then some files, I carefully removed just enough material so the logo fit snugly into the hole. Next I turned the panel over and added a piece of scrap acrylic that I scuffed up to the back of the hole. A single white led in the center should be plenty to light up the logo. I painted the center of the logo badge, but left the outer ring clear, as that is the only part I want illuminated. Here it is with the logo pieces in place over the lit acrylic backing. I didnt want to include the actual Cooler Master lettering, as it's not really necessary. Just the well-known shape of the logo is enough to identify it! Now the front panel is ready for final finishing! As I mentioned in the very first post and as shown in the concept rendering, certain parts will be done in black chrome: the webbing, top and bottom handles, and the front panel. I'll be sending these parts out to a specialty shop to get this done, since I'm not currently set up for chroming lol. Can't wait to see how they all come out! Stay tuned...
  11. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Another piece I designed with the organic webbing was the top fan grill. Here is the stock removable grill, with the dust screen and mesh removed. This grill lifts out of the top panel providing easy cleaning. I'll be retaining that functionality, and just integrating my web grill into it. It's hard to tell, but the grill isnt a perfect rectangle, getting narrower as it goes towards the front IO assembly. So I had to make sure all the measurements were spot on before sending the file out to be cut. First thing to do was to round all the edges with my router bit, just like I did with the motherboard tray. But this time I'm working with only 1/8" thickness, so great care was taken so I didn't crack any of the thin web areas. About half way thru.. so far so good! I had to raise the whole piece up off the table so the bit would clear. All done and sanded, with no casualties! whew.. Next was to curve the wide end down so it maches the stock piece. I used a 1" wood dowel to bend the piece over, and a couple scrap shims to protect parts I didn't want heated. For heating, I used my strip heater as well as a heat gun to get an even spread. Now that the webbing is ready to go, I need to do a little weight-loss surgery on the stock grill. First thing to go is the hex framework in the center.. Then I went around the whole piece and trimmed off 1/8" so that the webbing would sit flush. Here's what's left of it. I had to add a new lower cross brace at the end because what little there was, was in that 1/8" area I needed to cut out. Now the webbing fits nicely into the frame, and I can still add the dust screen underneath. ..and the frame still sets into the top panel. The webbing still needs to be painted, so I won't glue it in permanently until that's done. On to the next task! Thanks for reading..
  12. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    I'm back! Been doing a bit of modding here and there, but nothing exciting really to report until now.. I finally received some laser-cut goodness from Primochill: Interior light panels, motherboard tray, and a few other items. I wanted to do something a bit different for this mod, so I came up with a web-like pattern that has a random, organic look to it. The light panels will make up the interior walls, and are cut from 1/8" frosted acrylic. The motherboard is 3/8" acrylic, as it will support most of the hardware. I couldn't wait to get into the garage and see how all this will look inside the case! Adding the motherboard.. ..and a closeup shot of the top light panel with integrated 240mm fan grill.. I got doubles of all the panels in case I needed more strength. Closeup of the back panel with a 280mm fan grill built in.. After disassembling the mockup, I immediately started in with the motherboard tray, rounding all the edges. This will give it more of an organic look.. I'm using my dremel with an 1/8" round-over bit, and will go around the edges on both sides. After a few hours and some cleanup, we end up with this: Here's a close up shot. I'll be going back around to sand the tiny ridges left by the router bit, so it's all smooth. Now it's on to give the other panels the rounding treatment. Thanks for tuning in!
  13. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    After completing the new and improved rock-textured rebel base, I took more photos outside, but neglected to post them up.. So here ya go, and enjoy!
  14. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Decided to make a window in the front panel of the case to view the reservoir, which will be filled with Primochill's amazing new Vue fluid. So the first thing I did was draw up a cutting template. I basically let the shape of the CM logo define the opening. After using the cutting wheel for the straight lines, I drilled out the remaining curved areas with a small bit. Once the hole was cut, I deburred and sanded the opening so I could add a strip of ABS around the edges for a nice clean finish, and give thickness to the panel. A view from the front so far.. And then after rounding the edges and sanding the entire panel.. Finally, a shot with the reservoir. Now that I know where it needs to be, I can fabricate a nifty mounting bracket for it. And thanks to the C700P's interchangeability, there's no shortage of screw holes to utilize! Hopefully I can wrap up the res mounting this week, as well as a slight modification to the PSU mounting area. (the PSU is in the same place, just set a bit lower to maximize the space.)
  15. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Making some corner braces to connect all the flanges together.. made a paper template, cut them out of some galvanized steel scrap, and bent them to fit. Using my spot welder, I tacked them in place while the flanges were on the case, so I was sure they will go back on after taking them off! Once all four sides were connected, I removed the flange assembly from the case and added more spot-welds. Love this thing.. it's quick and way better than using fasteners, if you're sure you won't be taking anything apart anytime soon lol. The corners will be smoothed over on the front side with body filler, then primed & painted. Work continues!