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  1. Soonâ„¢!!!! This project will be finished VERY soon, like within the next week or so. Real life has gotten in the way of me finishing this a quick update while I have time. I am currently replacing the soft tubing with hard line and I had to replace the pump because it died....for some reason. WIP PICTURES!
  2. Hi all, A couple of updates on the status of the Node, nothing to crazy. So I traveled to Portland, OR for PDXLAN 26. Had a blast there, I entered the Node in the CPUMag Case mod competition, I took 5th place and was up against some very tough competition. After that I was off to Dallas TX for Quakecon 2015. Again, I entered the Node into the Modders INC Scratch Build competition, unfortunately I didn't place in that competition at all. A lot of people were very interested in the case and had a lot of good things to say. I'm VERY happy with the reception of the case overall, makes all the time and effort worth it! After both events I was informed I won Bit-tech's Mod of the month for June! For those wondering about the status of the project, after Quakecon, I handed the case over to my buddy at Hexagon PC so he could do all the sleeving for the case. Once it is done, he will be shipping the case back to me and I can start the rigid tubing for it. I want to thank Hexagon PC for the sleeving, he does great work! Thanks everyone! Stay tuned for more! From PDXLAN
  3. Update 7/15/2015 Another update! Getting closer and closer to finishing this project, this will be the last "progress" update to the project until it is finished. I will be posting some images of the project at some of the events I'm taking it to, so keep an eye out for those. So lets get to it! Started testing the lighting system, these suckers are bright! RGB LEDs controlled via IR remote and receiver. This is one thing I'm not happy with and will be fixing in the future. The lights are SO bright that they bleed through the 3D printed plastic. I think the solution to this will be to disassemble the case and paint either the interior of the case or the paint all the parts to add a barrier for the light. THIS WILL BE FIXED! As with the last update, we painted the motherboard tray along with a number of other small parts. SSD's Mounted. It's all coming together! As I stated before, I will be taking this project with me to a few show, and to make sure it all gets there in one piece, I ordered a pelican case to ship it all in. All packed up and ready to go! Time for a beer! After the two shows are over, I will be handing the case over to a friend of mine to do all the cabling, at that point I only have a few minor things to take care of and it will be completed!! Stay tuned!
  4. See it in person! Hi all, I will be attending 2 shows coming up in a weeks time. I will be at both PDXLAN 26 and Quakecon 2015 this year and I will be bringing the Node along with me, so if you are interested in seeing it in person, feel free to stop by! 7/17 - 7/20 7/23 - 7/26 Hope to see some/meet people!
  5. Update 7/10/2015 Back with a few more updates, and I'm happy to report it's finally coming together. I have had this thing together and apart so many times I'm getting pretty good at it. There were a few more parts that ended up needing to get painted, one of which was the motherboard tray. I had originally wanted a solid black tray, not transparent. That's what I had originally ordered but the company who cut it for me screwed up the order. (they has also messed up previous things so I decided not to use them any more) So I ended up disassembling the entire thing again to get at the tray and painting the back half with black paint. A few other things came out nice after painting. I also marked and drilled holes for the pump to mount to. I also went about making some custom stickers for the back of the fans so they were not so ugly. I had access to a printer and cutter so I was able to make them next to perfect. Mounted! And so the current state of the case looks something like this! LOL!
  6. Update! (7/3/2015) Now that the major stuff is out of the way, I can start focusing on the minor things and detail work that needed to be taken care of. Enjoy! Taking the heat sinks off for painting. Pump Mounted Running a quick leak test Painting the parts, now to let them sit and dry overnight. Stay Tuned, more tomorrow.
  7. UPDATE 6/27/2015 And so the work continues!!! This week it was about putting the final touches the assembly of the case and working on getting the hardware fitted, making sure there are no last minute tweaks to any of the parts (Spoiler Alert: There are, but they are minor) So first up, the design has hex holes carved out for the nuts that will hold all the paneling, they needed to be glued into place to make sure they won't fall out when you remove the various panels, as this was a minor issue when I was trying to assemble this case for the first time. I got to the last panel on and had issues keeping the nuts in place while trying to screw them in. So after some super glue and letting it set, this issue has been resolved and we're good to go! And after a quick trip to the hardware store to pick up the last few pieces of mounting hardware, I got started on mounting and fitting the hardware! I ran into a minor issue with the motherboard tray, it will need to be redone, but that's because of a few issues. It's missing pump mounting holes, it's smoked acrylic instead of black, and the motherboard mounting holes are a bit to high. So when I went to install the I/O shield, this happened: So other than that, I'm starting the next parts of the build, the water cooling and hardline tubing. My first time doing hardline, so wish me luck!! Stay Tuned!
  8. BIG UPDATE!! All I'm going to say is that this was money well spent. I have had a grin stuck on my face for the past few hours while working on this. So happy to be able to begin moving forward wit this project again! Enjoy!!
  9. UPDATE!! FINALLY!!! FINALLY!! After about 2 weeks of talking back and forth with the printer, I FINALLY have a quote! $500! They are FINALLY printing the pieces and I should have them in about a weeks time, so I can get back to work! More info soon!
  10. Nope, this project isn't dead, just needed a few weeks to work out the logistics of everything. My last post was about how I was going to redesign the Node to use less parts, be smaller, etc. Well after spending 2 weeks looking for a 3D printer and trying to redesign the case, it became clear that it was going to be a few months worth of work again. I would have to start from scratch again and go from the ground up, and after all the time and effort I put into the current design, the thought of going back to step one was not really all that appealing. While I was able to get a model that had some potential, there were elements about the design I still didn't like, like the lack of edge covers. This without them you had a clear view to the underside of the paneling and it just didn't look good. So at this point I decided that the guys who quoted me at $700 to print the entire case were my best option. I was a bit hesitant at dropping that kind of money so they were nice enough to provide me with one of the larger pieces for free so I could test all the paneling. And IM SO GLAD I DID! Every panel I tried fit like a glove, the finish is at a level where a few coats of paint will fill in the ridges and there minimal finish work. I have already ordered the rest of the parts, and I should have some photos in a few weeks.
  11. Thanks man, glad you are liking the project. Yes the prices on the parts is outrageous, but that seems to be average when it comes to working with venders who run $50K+ machines. The original parts were printed on a makerbot replicator 5 and they were designed for that size of a printer. The largest piece is 9.5" x 5.5" x 4.5", which just fits inside the makerbot replicator 5. Im not sure what the issue is honestly, but the prints were not great. Im willing to have them printed on a lower end machine if someone can guarantee the parts wont warp to badly, the other set of parts warped considerably. How large is your print bed?
  12. Hi everyone, Back with a quick update on the status of this project. I got a call back from one of the printers I have been shopping this case around to, to try and get it printed. The cheapest they could do it for was around $700. While this is a major improvement in price than the 2-5K other places have been asking for, I feel that there is still a way to get the price down even further and improve the design as well. After fiddling around with the model the past few days, I was able to come up with what you see below. This design utilizes 8 of the same 3D printed pieces with an internal acrylic or aluminum structure. This will allow me to utilize most of the acrylic I have already purchased and had gotten laser cut. This is still in the rough stages of the concept, i still want to figure out how to get the corners covered up so they are not as unsightly as well getting the rest of the panelling and internal structures worked out and finished. Once the I have the final model finished, I will share the images of it and detail out how this new version improves upon the old. More Soon!
  13. Hey everyone! So I know its been awhile since I had an update to this project. I have run into a few more issues since the last update so lets dive in! My biggest problem at the moment is currently trying to find a place to get the case printed at a reasonable price. The quotes I'm getting are ranging from $2000-$4000 just for the printed parts, I knew it was going to be expensive, but not THAT expensive. The first set I had printed where OK, but far from perfect. They were done on a Makerbot Replicator 5, and the quality of the parts left a lot to be desired, but it also had a few other issues with the prints warping and shrinking. I did discover that a few of the parts needed to be remodeled so that they would work properly so I had to make some edits to them. Since it was a 1st prototype, I knew there were going to be issues, so hopefully the next set will be perfect or close to it. The biggest problem, like I said, was that the model shrunk way more than anticipated, so a good portion of the acrylic paneling didn't fit correctly or had to be wrestled into place. Right now I'm trying to find a company or someone to print these parts for a reasonable price. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a printer that can both handle the large parts and are willing to print them at a reasonable price. So right now the project is in a minor state of limbo, I have everything else ready to go for the build, but I'm missing the case itself. I have invested a fair bit of time and money into this project to just give up, so this project WILL be getting completed. Just not as soon as I had hoped. Sorry everyone!
  14. Sorry there have been so few updates with this project, I have run into some major issues along the road. But here is they latests on the project. Currently the parts are being printed, as of writing this, there is one part left to print. I will be picking them up tomorrow, but so far everything looks OK. I have all the liquid cooling hardware ordered and its all sitting next to me waiting for the last few pieces to arrive. I hope to have the laser cut panel in this week as well as all the mounting hardware. From here I will be shipping the case down to Texas for to have the sleeving work done. Once that is finished and I have the case back in my hands, I will be doing the water cooling and the last few pieces. I will update as much as I can, however, due to the time constraints, they might be a bit delayed as I need to focus on getting this done before the end of April. In the mean time, here are some photo of the printed parts.
  15. So I have good news and bad news...The bad news is that my model is too big for the printers I planned on using. The good news is I know how to fix it...but I need to start from scratch. So I'll be streaming is here if you feel like stopping by: