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Alexander Hede

[Scratch case] Project Duplex COMPLETED

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Hi,

So this is my new Project for the Cooler Master mod competiton. I still have a bit to design but will start fabricating soon.

It's called Project Duplex and will be a two faced case.
-On one side the motherboard, on the otherside a GPU and ssd's.
-Two seperate loops with a 240radiator each.
- WIll be made out of aluminum and acrylic

Fabricating will start soon!

 

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Ace

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Finally an update! Was a lot harder to get the profile than i thought. Living in the country side has its drawbacks :)

The profile, Ordered 2mm thick profile but when i got it it was only 1,5mm. Oh well, would have been nice with 2mm for threading but 1,5mm will be enough.... i hope.

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after cutting all the profiles with a hand saw and I milled them to the right angle and size.

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De burring all the edges

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All profiles except one

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Welding it all together. Was too optimistic with the welding. I did not think it would warp as much as it did. All in all it was only a mm or 2 off but due to so many angles and lengths it looked so crooked I did not wanna use it.

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Plan B: Cut off all the legs, straighten out one leg that was a bit warped. The rest were fine. Then mill all of the legs at once to make sure they are all the same length and straighta8_zps4149d551.jpg

Decided instead of welding i would make inserts to bolt into the profile and into the base and top. This way it's easier to keep straight and also a lot easier when its time to paint. Should have thought about this before

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Tapping the inserts

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All done. Still need to clean up to get it looking really nice but will leave that until its time to paint

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The base

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Made a 2mm sheet and pressed it inside the profile, welded it and after milled it straight. If i can get another profile i might make a 45 degree cut instead. Would look a lot nicer.

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Time for some sheet metal work. Sticking with 2mm aluminum. Don't know what this is called but it is very useful.

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The panel is divided into 3 pieces for now while i work with the pieces. I might weld them together at a later stage. Still need to drill a lot of holes and cut some openings in them.

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Drilled and getting ready to tap

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Had to try a mobo on it. Case looks huge and it is a bit big but u think it will shrink a bit once i start adding things to it

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More updates coming soon!

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Hey guys,

Finally an update!

Recently bought a house and have been moving things (mostly to the garage) so now i can start modding more and close to home so updates should be more frequent now

After thinking a while about the front and the back panel i decided the best way would be to have them water cut, i have countless times milled thin aluminum sheet and it usually ends with the flute snapping. Still need to cut a lot of holes in the back panel for all the connectors but i will do that at a later stage2_zps69a299da.jpg

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One step forward two steps back, or however the saying goes. I wasn't very happy about the shape of the frame and the quality of the work i had put in it so i sat down and re-drew the frame and decided it was time for plan C. This time it is made from a 10mm aluminum sheet, it's 15mm wide. I changed the angles a bit and shortened it a bit length and depth wise, the width it still the same

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Time to drill some holes

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One drilled, one to go, hopefully it fits!

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Time for some threading, i always use the cordless drill to tap with, so far i have never snapped a bit with it and its so much faster.

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Had to change the "shape" of the mill so i could drill and tap the support bars

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The support bars

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Done

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Seems like it fits!

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So much better than the other frame, a lot of work but now i like it and it won't bug me anymore.

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Bottom plate for the frame, drilled and counter sunk

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Perfect fit except one hole which i need to file a bit.

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Old vs new, i don't know what you guys think but i like the new one a lot more

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New part arrived!

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Another box in the box

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Everything is very well packed

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Lots of cables with it, needs some sleeving though

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Love the brushed steel look on the top of it

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Scale photo

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More updates coming soon!

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Hey guys!

Finally all moved in to the new house and got internet up and running again.

Just a short update but another one hopefully this weekend.
Milling the motherboard plate and the Gpu plate. Only milling the shape for now and doing all the holes and cutout later.
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More milling and drilling, these are for the other panels on the side.
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All slots cut out
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As i haven't had any access to the press break for a while I started looking for an "affordable" sheet bender, but the quality on them are horrible. So i decided to take a different approach to bending the sheets.

60 degree V-flute, 1mm in the bottom
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Milled a 1mm deep slot in both panels
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Clamped it to the desk with the slot facing upwards
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Put a small flat bar across the sheet so i would bend it equally everywhere
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Worked a lot better than i thought it would.
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Test fit of the panels. Had to try the grommet too to see if i made the hole the right size
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More panels.
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Also made a cut out for the motherboard in HDF, It's a lot faster and easier to redo if i have some measurements wrong
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That is all for now, hopefully another update over the weekend!

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Back with an update, was supposed to be a bit earlier but have been sick so haven't had much time. Anyways...

Did the motherboard and GPU side in aluminum


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Test fit of components


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Made some covers for SSD's so the cables will be hidden. No pictures of the installed yet but there will be soon enough

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Same for the Pci-e extension cable


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Made a sheet for holding the rads and fans. Decided to make it in two separate pieces, one for each rad.

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A bit of bending

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Test fit

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Time for some acrylic. This is for the front panel. Was a bit tricky before i figured out how to make it in two runs. Milled some holes and put some centering axles in it. worked out pretty well.

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Installed. Made it slightly bigger so i can sand it to the right size. Still need to do the rear and top and bottom. Still not sure if it will be painted or led lit. But i will need to decide very soon.

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That's it for this time

 

As you can see i have some new parts. Will do some unboxing as soon as i can get it set up.

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Almost blushing Thx Buddy!

 

 

Been crazy busy trying to get as much done as possible. The Cooler Master mod contest ends on the 31st so i am freaking out a bit right now

 

have had a lot of parts lying around for a while now but thought it was time to upload some photos.

 

Ever since i saw the Maximus Vi Formula i knew this was the board for my next computer. I generally don't like "naked" pcb's so this is perfect for me!


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A lot of accessories. 

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Just sexy, great color scheme and as a bonus its ready to be water cooled!

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Even has a backplate, this just keeps getting better and better!

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Next up GPU, decided on a GTX 780 since i seem to have no time for gaming anymore. Still there is nice to have some power when i need it.

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Even the inner box looks great

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Awesome, almost a shame to water cool this.


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Great looking backplate, won't be seen though due to the way it will be mounted.

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Have always wanted an I7 since i do use Solidworks quite a lot. Never could justify to buy one. This time i just bought it and didn't think about the cost

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I had 16Gb of platinum ram from before. Bought another pack just for the looks. Won't really need 32gb but it does make the case look better. And some light bars.

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For some reason the old ones does not look like the new ones. The old ones still have milling marks and are slightly shiny. The new ones looks like they have been blasted with some media. Lucky i bought the light bars.

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So on to the case

 

Made some fixtures to hold the reservoirs in place. Took a while before i figured out how to do it.


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The circle pattern didn't really fit the shape of the case so i decided to make my own front. Not sure if i will sand it down to make it a bit more matte. Still need to countersink all the holes.

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Lowered the led strips into the acrylic. Since the sheet aluminum is lowered 2mm from the other side and the leds need about 2.4mm depth there is only 1,6 mm left of material in the middle. Was a bit worried that the light wouldn't

spread out to the edges but seems to be working just fine. Won't show you that just yet.


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Made some adapters for the lamptron controllers so it will attach to the sheet metal. 

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This is how its now, still a lot to do and not much time left but all the acrylic and sheet metal is sanded down now and fits great.


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And a bit of bonus content,

 

obviously it won't fit in the computer but i do have a different plan once the case is done.

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Great looking piece!


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Will add more photos of it once i get it up and running, will be a bit later as i need to focus on the computer right now

 

Next update soon!

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Thx guys! I am sending in final photos now!

 

Quick update before the competition ends!

 

Got all bit painted so started assembling pieces

 

Frame


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Pumps and psu support

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Lamptron controllers, had these from the old rig so was easy to make new mounts for it.


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GTX 780 


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Test fit


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Final photos in a few min!

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