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Boddaker    15

Finally getting the back panel mounted! It's been a long and tedious road, but it's finally coming together the way I pictured it in my head.  :)

I got it taped up behind the bezel for now, so I can mock up the top and bottom covers..

First, the cardboard templates.. here's the top, cutting away bits here and there until it fits around the top pieces.

The bottom cover is a bit more involved since it will house the IO ports:  PSU power, and panel mount extensions for the USB, network, and HDMI ports.

Got all the ports to fit nicely in the cardboard.

..and the cardboard now fits nicely around the resin pieces.

Now to trace the templates onto the aluminum sheet.

Will do the cutting and filing tonight, but of course I always have to end the post with a mic-drop!

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Boddaker    15

Wrapping up the back panel!  

Going from the cardboard template to metal, making a few adjustments along the way..

Getting the panel mounts to fit..

Now to mount the whole thing into the back panel.

3 L brackets and a few pop rivets later..

I did the same for the top piece, transferring the shape to metal and cutting it out.

Some filing and sanding, but instead of pop rivets, I just used some 3M double-stick tape for a nice clean finish.

Back panel is finished!  Now just one last piece to make.. maybe. :P


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Boddaker    15

So after getting the front panel on, I noticed there was nothing covering up the ugliness behind the reservoir. So I had to come up with something that fit the theme. I figured a nice curved shroud of webbing would do the trick!

I grabbed another piece of cardboard and whipped up a quick template, then cut it out of a piece of styrene.  Then I took the top grill and traced out all the webbing shapes and made them fit around the existing holes and cutouts.

The dremel with a routing bit made quick work of the soft material, but it did take a while to file and smooth all the edges.

Styrene is pretty pliable, so it was easy to bend it by hand into a gradual curve. Then I combined it with a nice mesh background so you can't see through the holes.

Glued the two together before putting it in place. Dont need any fastening to secure it either, thanks to the spring-loaded tension.

Now I can put the reservoir back in..

I added an ledstrip behind the front panel, so it lights everything up nicely.

The ledstrip circles the CM logo ring as well.

And that pretty much wraps up the fabrication.. I think.. unless I see something else I need to address lol.
Only thing left to do is install the OS and configure the fans and lighting effects.  :)


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