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  1. Please check out a video Crucial was nice enough to throw together for me I must say it was quite the journey. I always love to try something new with every mod and this was no exception. I am really excited to see what I can do with this idea in the future in a 2.0 Caged the heart, maybe a morph of heart and beerkeg computer? I showed my computer off at PDXLAN Party back in February where it got lots of attention, I finished it just in time for the event with only a few days to spare. For those of you who don't know PDXLAN is the meca for computer modders, people like: DarthBeavis, Brian Carter, Rod Rosenberg bring their A game, and if you want to learn from the best you go to this LAN. Lots of great Mods and people at PDX, if you ever get the time it's worth making it out. I can't stress how much of a help my girlfriend Tara was in this project, between enduring my use of the kitchen oven, picking me up parts, making dinner, moral support; not that many people can endure a modder as a partner. Thanks to Crucial memory for being my one an only sponsor. Working tech support at Crucial for going on two years has been a blast, wouldn't rather be anywhere else; thanks to Sam, Jon, Jeremy and the rest of the Crew! One can not forget to thank Coolermaster for throwing this event on, not that many people are willing to support modders to the extent you guys do, that means lots to me and others. I hope you enjoy my work, it's a labor of love, a money pit, an art, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I am not as active as I would like to be on the modding front, but if I find the time and money in the future I plan to do some more work. If you ever have questions I am always free to respond, and add me on facebook, I enjoy having modder friends, or anyone who just likes to see what I work on. Cheers, Bennyboy
  2. And it beats!!!! Currently the heart is beating at a set rate, I have the arduino setup to where it can take CPU usage and increase the rate of the heart, the code is a little flakey at this time, needs some more work; still looks sick none the less. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, be sure to check out the video Crucial put together for me (at the bottom); working at Crucial Memory has it's perks, wouldn't rather work anywhere else.
  3. Time for leak test; and I will sure know if I have one with red coolant and white paper towels. So I didn't exactly think the loop out correctly when I planed it, I had a really hard time getting air of the loop, bleeding and running the loop for 48 hours straight got rid of most of the bubbles. Custom wiring SATA power, tolerances are so tight I ended up having to switch between 180 and 90 degree Sata connecitons. 12v air vacuum to pump the heart, and a 12v relay since the arduino controller can't handle that voltage. Not the exact arduino I used, but I forgot to take a picture of the Uno before I installed it, so this will do. I am a fan of having computer cases that look sexy from every angle. Had to test the lights right off the bat. Can't believe everything fits, time to test the heart next.
  4. Starting to put everything together to test fittings, rear IO is looking sexy. Couldn't resist, had to put the heart in to see what it looks like. Jesus I hate to do this, but the 24pin extensions where just too big, I don't have much room on the bottom of the case, things need to be shortened significantly; RIP my fingertips. CPU block on, sexy Crucial Ballistix Ram. Stuff is actually fitting, love when all the 3D setup and designs beforehand pay off. Getting ready to bend rigid tubing, I am a poor modder so I am going to using regular tubing below the cover where you can't see it, no need for a fitting when you can affix it like this. Bends are looking good, believe it or not this is my first time bending rigid tubing. Starting to look really clean. Putting the heart in, and running the last tube up through the heart.
  5. Time to add a little more realisim to the heart, I am going to make some fake veins to filled with coolant to give the allusion of a real heart. Regular tubing with the ends melted to hold in the liquid. Time to inject the blood. Finished product with the veins in. Time to do a pre post test before putting cooling blocks on. It posts! Sexy Coolermaster fans, I must say the mounting on these fans with the rubber shroud is super nice, can't say I've used fans I have enjoyed more. GPU waterblock time. All on looks good.
  6. Now it's time to bend some plexi, this is quarter in pelxi, which is going to require lots of slow heat and patience to bend. Looks like it fits. Look at that sexy 90 degree angle. More taping. Time to cut out the rear IO shield. Need somewhere for the air to flow out the back, time to cut more holes, but much larger this time. Not looking bad. Testing alignment with the mobo in. Picture of the frame with heart in the background.
  7. First Coat of Stain on. "I'd tap that" Motherboard mount, no CNC laser cut board here, all by hand using a ruler and square. So many holes to drill, you have to be really careful when drilling plexi to prevent blowouts and cracks, usually having your piece clamped flat to some wood, and drilling slow is the best way to go. With panels on it's looks pretty damn sweet. Chiseling out a slot for the fan control unit. More shots of the fan Grill, hard to do justice with the lighting.
  8. So now it's time for some wood, using white oak for panels and front grill, a combination of power tools, and good old fashion hammer and chisel. Side panel fits nice and snug. Making the front fan grill, I honestly had no idea what I was doing here, I just started cutting away and doing the first thing that came to my mind. I bought some walnut slats I figured would make a good grill, using the table saw I cut horizontal slats at a 45 degree angle. Doesn't look half bad with them glued in, can't wait to see it stained. Side panel with control buttons: power, fan speed, and heart switch. Another shot of the grill, love how this turned out.
  9. Bottom plate with hole for PSU air. Custom frame to fit in my oven for powder coating. Hung and ready for powder coating. Coat on; who needs a fancy paint shop when you can do this stuff in your own garage? In the oven, one word of caution, don't do this when you're girlfriend is home. Though this looked pretty cool. Powder all cured.
  10. Sorry for such the delay in the worklog, this has been finished for a while, but I haven't had time till recently to upload everything. 3/4" steel tubing will be the main frame, smaller 1/2" for internal parts. These 90 degree welding braces are so amazing, don't leave home without one. Everything is coming together, I use a stick welder, so everything is rough and dirty Nothing that can't be grinded out. Rear power supply mount, this was a pain to weld because of the really thin steel, had to use a bunch of bondo to fill in holes I burnt.
  11. I used an exacto knife to slice my way around the mold, it was really tricky when I got to the parts with all the valves because you want to cut in such a way that allows the cast to be released fairly easy. The plan is to have one rigid tube with coolant run from the top through the bottom major arteries, then smaller tubing filled with blood red coolant through the smaller ones. The heart itself will not have any coolant in it ofcourse, it will be full of air which the vacuum pump will suck in and out to make it beat.
  12. Heart is essentially finished, maybe a little more highlight touch up, but the painting looks to be finished. I am debating if I should put some of clear sealant over the paint, it needs to be able to flex good, so not really sure what options would work best.
  13. TO BUILD A HEART! Seriously though this is probably the most difficult part of the whole project. I need to create not only a realistic looking heart, but it needs to be hallow, and it needs to be able to inflate/deflate to mimic a pumping action. The major components for this step will be monster clay which I will use to create a heart sculpture, then two part Silicone Mix to make a mold, then produce a cast. The rough shape of the heart, I then work on more detail including all the veins. It's time to build a cast box, and get this guy ready to cast. Two part silicone is very expensive, I ended up using over $100 in the stuff just to make one heart, many trial and errors as you will see below. The mold after setting for about 6 hours and removal. The mold back in the box ready for a casting, we'll see how this goes. You can so the progression of cast from left to right, using X amount of silicone, and rotating the whole mold for about two hours by hand, then using fiberglass strips to reinforce weak-points that had a tendency to break when removing from the mold, I eventually got a good piece that was nice an hallow. The final product! It is now time to paint! For those of you who do not know Silicone is one of the worst things in the world to paint, simply because anything you paint to it will naturally not stick. I will be experimenting with silicone mixtures to server as a base, then doing touch-up highlights and shadows with the airbrush; this stuff needs to expand with the heart and not crack really bad.
  14. Shouldn't you post this on the Case Mod thread?