Quantor

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  1. Days 61-64 Looking on the final desk ther were one other Thing disturbing me... During building the desk I've changed one small Detail... Instead of integrating the Radiators directly into the Wood as I've planned it before I've just screwed them vs. the Wood instead... This Little Change has had an Impact on the whole plans and I've forgotten to copy this Detail to my meassures for the main desk plate... or better said: the Position of the outer Windows were impacted... With the now changed Detail I was starring at the side fans while looking throught the Windows... Normaly they would have covered by the outer Frame of the plate.... So I decided to replace and redoo the main desk plate again on short notice.... Here's a last view on the old one: So my friend stopped by and brought again his Equipment with him.... Using the old plate as a template for the measuring.... Sawing the new one.... Measuring and marking the new window positions.... Then cutting out the Windows.... Using the router to route the edges.... and finalizing the Corners.... Fitting in the Glass Plates.... Moving the plate back into the living room to check the result.... Here you can see the difference before and after: Before: Left Side After: Left Side After: Center Window Before: Right Side After: Right Side After the main desk plate was now "perfect" it was time to give it the final finish.... So it took me four more days to smooth and oil it.... All in all I've sanded the plate 6 times and oiled it 3 times... Now it is as smooth as a Baby... Here a shot from the difference before and after smoothing and oiling it: (compared to one of the leftovers of the Windows) And now some final impressions from my project: All in all I've worked 271 hours on 64 days on the project during the building Phase (planing not included)... I was drinking 106 litres of coffee... The whole project started on the 1st September 2014 and was finished 5 days ago... Greetings to all Oliver
  2. Day 60 After all Preparations were done... all parts were ready... it was time to bring it all together..... As the backward desk plate was needing cabling for the EL-Foils I forgot to post a snapshot from the backside in my last post... So here it is how's the plat now looking from behind: Next step was to empty both Systems for the final installations.... Then the cables all over the project needed to be "cleaned" and sorted.... Within the same step the Inverters for the EL-Foils were connected to the PSUs Next the two Long acryllic tubes were mounted into the channels of the backward desk plate.... Then the sorted cables were passed through the desk plate, the tube pressed into the channels and the plexi-plate added..... After the compartment in the back was closed with the wooden plate and the plexi I've added the spacers to its positions.... and finally the glass plate on top of them.... Next my Screens and Speakers were positioned on the desk.... And at the end the sensor controlled automatic USB-Ports were added..... Time to (re)flood both Systems.... During this process I've removed the main desk plate again to have a better control over it... Also the "Farbwerk" LED Controllers were adjusted for matching the whole project.... Then the Main Desk Plate was brought in its Position again..... Looking at the Pictures you may have noticed that there is still at least one disturbing Detail... You're right... the stabilising old metal-desk-leg was still in place helping to carry the weight.... Time to get rid of it:
  3. Day 59 On this day I've made the final modifications to the backward desk plate.... Was a bit tricky to bring all the foils together with the Desk-Plate... especially the fine plotted Logo-Foil made a lot of work and kept troubling me.... But finally I've made it..... Looking not so professional on the first view... but keep in mind that all these bubbles and folds are invisible beyond the dark Plexi-Plate.... After all was in place it were time for a final lighting-test.... checking if all EL-Foils have survived the torture.... All of the Logos are nearly invisible under the dark plexi... only if the flashlight of a camera is directly impacting the Surface you can see some Details.... Last Action for that day was to test the lighting again together wir the LED-Stripes in the Channels for the Acryllic Tubes....
  4. Day 58 The last package with the last missing puzzle part was received... time to make the next step.... Inside this package was ordered EL-Foil.... or lighting-foil (electroluminiszenz)...for completing my lighting-concept.... the big Advantage of this foil is that you can cut it into nearly every shape... adding contacts... connect it to an Inverter and it lights up..... So I cutted the Color filter foils into pieces matching the logos on the logo-foil.... In my next step I made copies of the logos and placed it on the EL-Foil.... Then I made a sketch of how I planned to cut the A4 EL-Foil.... And then cutting the EL-Foil into the required sectors.... In a next step I used clear tape to seal the edges of the cutted pieces.... And then I was modifying the Inverters to connect them to the PC-PSUs.... Adding contacts to the EL-pieces.... ....and wiring them.... Time for some function tests.... and testing it together with the dark plexiglass.... After these tests were fully successful I've noticed that the filter foils are completly invisible under the dark plexi... so I've started to color my logos on the logo-foil using the filter-foils.... Next I made some more Light-experiments... Please notice that the Logo-Foil is still attached to a carrier foil and the EL-Foil is shining through the carrier, throug the logos, through the filters and through the plexi !!!! By the end of the day I started to prepare everything for the final steps following the next days....
  5. Day 57 During my Murphy's Day not only the column was destroyed but also one of the Touchscreens was killed... so it was about time to also replace this one.... Starting with a Picture of the defect one: Unboxing the new screen.... and installing it into the project.... and a function check.... Another friend out of a Forum helped me out with his plotter... I've asked him to plot me a foil covering the backsite desk plate with my logos and the ones of my Sponsors.... I've received the final foil also on that day and so one of the last puzzle pieces finally reached it's Destination... ME..... Same again upside down and as you can see the Logo of my project Name are still readable..... Also received some Color filter foils from another source... so I was waiting on only one missing part to finish the project....
  6. Day 56 Constructing Foil-Keyboard / Switch Panel Version 2.0 Again it was time to have another look at the Switch Panels... As material I've chosen 1,5mm thin Aluminium plates... and the rest of the procedure was the same as during my Experiment some weeks ago.... As the procedure was nearly the same I'm only posting Pictures on this process:
  7. Day 55 Time to prepare the Plexiglas cover for adding some spacers to put a glass plate which should carry the Screens on top.... As these spacers could not be screwed together with the plexi (in cause of having easier Access to the back compartment of the desk if needed) I decided to modify the plexi so that it will keep the spaces in place.... Was using the spacers as templates for the holes: Used a combination of water and Soap to cool the plexi while Drilling it... so that it could not melt... ^
  8. Day 54 Flooded the 2nd System.... Pictures are speaking for themselves.... Meanwhile I was receiving the announced Maximus Formula Special Edition Board as a replacement for the also partly defect Striker Extreme.... So time to replace the old one with the "new" one I got on eBay....
  9. Day 53 As mentioned in a post above I had this litte "misluck" by flooding a board and a graphics Card... The Card I've destroyed was a R7 250 from Sapphire... So I was forced to go back to my old R9 280x (which is overpowered for the Office PC)... Before Sapphire was sending me two Cards this Card was planned for using it within my gaming-pc... for that reason a watercooler was already on order... So I decided to also use this cooler... and so I integrated it into the already running Office Loop... But before the cooler needed to be mounted to the Card.... Ready.... Now emptied the Loop again, integrated the Card and bended new tubes.... and flooding again.... [/center] As I'm still using the small Phobya DC260 pump I was really surprised that it still was able to manage this Loop... Also if it's now more like a low flow System..... Some Facts about the Office-Loop the pump has to manage: 1,50m normal tube 3,75m Acryllic tube 1x 360 Radiator 1x CPU-Cooler 1x Alphacool GraphicsCard-Cooler (well known for having not the best Performance regarding waterspeed) 2x 30cm Long Alphacool Cape Corplex Balancers Not to mention the extreme high of 65cm the pump has to manage after the water is leaving the backward desk legs over the outside... Also if it's a low flow Loop now, the temperatures are OK: CPU (core2quad Q6600): idle: 24° (after Systemboot) idle: 28° (after cooling down from a 4 hours 100% CPU-Load) Max Temperature: 36° (during 4 hours full load using CPU-Burner) Grafics-Card R9 280x (without watercooling): idle: 55° (Fan at 45%) 100% Load - Fan at 60%: 90° 100% Load - Fan at 100%: 79° Grafics-Card R9 280x (with Watercooler - Low Flow): idle: 36° 100% Load: 47° (after 4 hours full load using Furmark) Temperatures are getting better by 1° if I have the "bubbles" turned on in the water column. Widmen wir uns aber dem nächsten, größeren Problem mit dem ich zu kämpfen hatte: Next step was placing the 2nd column under the table... For that reason I decided to use an emergency bottle jack... This is necessary because both front legs needed to be placed in Position at the same time and the weight of the table needed to be balanced between them simultanously... As a last step I've completed the Acryllic-Loop and removed the last temporary tubes... flooding of the 2nd System was then on the next day as it already was late....
  10. Day 52 I've started this project day by bending the last missing tube for the :)-Side... ....and then mounting it..... And now it was finally the time to modify the new column.... First using the old one as a template for the height.... The using the saw and the sander to cut it down and smooth it... Then Drilling the hole for the outlet and the fillport.... And as a last step placing a new tube inside the column.... After a 12hrs leak test I tubed the column but haved not moved it at this time under the table... only prepared it for doing so.... Next I was working on the plexiglass-cover for the bakcward desk plate.... Idea behind it was to use a black Plexi which lets only 20% light through... giving it some kind of fake-mirroring-effect as everything beyond it is lying in the dark and gets only visible through the plexi if lights are turned on.... First I added a 3rd cable tunnel with a smaller Diameter to the wooden plate... then added the plexiplate and fixated it.... Then copying the hole into the plexi......
  11. Day 51 At this point something was missing within my project... the side acryllic tubes connecting the desk legs with the channels of the backward desk plate were looking a bit boring.... So after discussing this with some mates from one of the Forums I'm active I decided to integrate some Monsoon Lightports... This happened on this day.... First one more cable comming from the PSUs needed to go down into the "pump Chambers"..... After the wiring was done I've emptied the Loops and started to install the lightports.... After installing doing a short test.... ...and preparing the System for the reflooding.... Then doing the same again on the :)-Side.... Was easier on this side as the tubing there was still not working at this time in cause of the still missing new column....
  12. Day 50 On this day I was working on the tubing of the gaming side.... Again a hole into the middle wall was needed.... Same procedure as the last time.... After this was done it was time to have a closer look at the SAPPHIRE R9 290x 8GB Vapor-X OC ... Meanwhile I came into contact with "Liquid Extasy"... No, I'm not writing about drugs, I'm writing about a small German Company which is specialized in producing Watercoolers for everything... Instead of producing big quantities they're well known for also doing small series and custom designs... At the time Sapphire gave me this Card there were no coolers on the market for the 8GB Vapor-X Version... So I got in touch with LE and they've made me one for free (using the design later on for a small series)... If you ever Need a custom design for your project, than give Liquid Extasy a try... Time to Show some pictures: And for sure the Card with it's cooler was integrated into the Loop immediately.... For paying a Little Tribute to Sapphire I've worked a Little "S" into the tube leading to the Card.... and so the next part of the Loop gone live.... only the new column and one tube are missing to complete it....
  13. Day 49 As I nearly completed the first Loop for the Office-PC (Heaven-Side) on Day 48, it was about time to completly finish it.... In unseen (invisible) Areas I'm using normal tube to complete the Loop... The Reason for that is simpel: It gives me flexibility if I have to open the desk for maintenance or to move the table from one Position to another.... As you can see on the photos the backward desk plate is missing on this Phase... Also therefore are reasons... 1. To test the Loops before "closing the casket" and 2. the backward desk plate Needs some more modifications later on.... Within the next step I moved the not destroyed water column to its final Destination and connected the alreadyy prepared acryllic tube to the Radiator.... After connecting all parts and checking them 10times it was time for the first flooding.... Filling up the column (having a fill hole at the top of it)..... And then: Firing it up As you can see the Loop was working fine... After running around an hour like this it was time for the next Phase... turning on the lights and the "bubbling".... What should I say... the whole Thing worked much better than expected.... also if in this part of the desk only ths "small" Phobya DC260 pump is doint duty.... (no noise emissions could be heard from the pump compartment) Also the construction with the small half openend tube within the column is working fine... Nearly no bubbles are entering the Loop... from time to time one is slipping through, but it's transported very fast through the whole Loop and flooded out of the System.... After the first Loop was running I've moved the temporary tubing to my gaming-Side (:)) and started also to use this one... Temporary only, because the new column Needs to be modified first before it could be used.... In this Phase of the project the left now functioning legs was not carrying the whole weight of the desk... to Support it I've used one of the old metal desk legs to take away parts of the complete weight....
  14. Day 48 Another busy day.... As one of the sparkling water columns was destroyed I was forced to get a replacement.... First a Phot of the destroyed one... Now the new and the old one next to each other.... But before I was modifying the new column again, there was other work to do.... As the used Radiators were not constructed for use with acryllic tubing if fans are installed I was forced to modify the fans a Little bit to make the Monsonn Fittings fit...... Time to move on with the tubing... A passthrough through the middle wall was needed: So I used a pen and placed it in one of the connectors on the balancers... and pressed it vs. the wall to mark the point for Drilling a hole.... ...then mounting a short acryllic tube.... After that I've continued with the tube connecting balancer and CPU-cooler... First using the Monsoon measuring kit... then bending the tube... Checking how precise I've worked so far... Final bending and mounting.... One first leak-Test with a mixed tubing.... Next bending a tube for connecting CPU and Radiator.... And also modified the fan on this side.... Also I made the tube leading from the Radiator down to the sparkling water column balancer desk leg... but not connected it at this point....
  15. Day 47 ... or why there a days you better should stay in bed.... Every project is comming to a point where everything is starting to go wrong.... Day 47 waa my personsal Desaster-day... At this day I was starting to work on the acryllic tubing... First all was going good... but then Murphys Law was hitting me with it's whole power.... For working on the desk I removed the main desk plat and placed it aside of it leaning on our Terrarium... I was in our kitchen bending the tubes... Meanwhile the son of my Girl-friend came home from School placing his shoes at the bottom of the stairs leading to the first floor to his room... right in the middle of the floor conecting the kitchen with the living-room.... It happened what should happen... I came from the kitchen wanting to enter the living room... was not aware of the shoes... falling over them and struggling to keep my Balance... As a result I tried not to fall to the ground and grabbed after our Terrarium but hit the desk plate... the plate was falling and hitting first one of the touch Screens and then one of my sparkling water columns... completly destroying both pieces.... Arghhhhhhhh..... This would have been the point to immediately stop all works on the desk and go straight to bed... But NO... after cleaning up the mess I wanted to work a bit more on the project to make Progress.... And Murphy was hitting me again.... As my Office PC was working at this time with a temporary tubing as described in one of the former Posts I was forced to empty parts of the Loop for working on the acryllic tubes... To do so I've placed the connected Keyboard at the bottom on one side of the desk... I went into the kitchen to modify one of the tubes and meanwhile two of our cats were playing around "hunting" in the living-room... As my BIOS was set to "Wake up on Keyboard Event" it happened what should happen... One of the cats was running over the Keyboard, triggering a boot... As the Loop was only partly emptied by me and some tubes not connected the Motherboard and Processor were flooded and short-circuited... Killing the Motherboard (ASUS Striker II Extreme) and my brandnew graphics-Card Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate.... However the processor (Intel Core2Quad Q6600) of the Office-PC survived... Strike !!!!!!!!! So I was forced to replace the whole Setup vs. a much older Striker Extreme Board laying somewhere around and vs. my old gaming graphics, an HIS R9 280x... As this old Striker Board also has had some defects (not addressing all RAM-Banks and USB-Ports) I've replaced it later by an ASUS Maximus Formula Special Edition Board... So don't wonder if from now on different boards are visible on the photos.... Some last photos of my original Setup: Back to work... On the same day all this :) happened I've installed a Phobya DC260 Pump into the left back leg and also a WLAN-Router.... One floor above my NAS moved into place... Then started to bend the acryllic tubes... First I made the two real big ones, which should start at the bottom of the rear legs... moving up to the desk plate... making a 90° turn into the channels of the backward desk plate and at the end another 90° turn going into the desk.... All in all the tubes have a length of 1,45m each... For bending such a Long tube I've moded the needed Silicon inlay a bit.... Same again with the 2nd tube.... Short check if the tube fits into the project and if I had worked exactly enough... As these were done I've continued bending some more tubes.....