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Just like the title says, this case will be bulletproof. Literally. When we are done with this case, we are going to shoot it with a variety of firearms, from a .22 LR to a .50 cal muzzle loader with all kinds of things in between. No, I am not kidding. Yes, we are planning to video the event.
Here is the deal. I came into some great material last year during a yard cleanup at work, and decided to build a case from scratch. The score was 100' of 1/2" aluminum angle stock in 10' sections, a nice bit of stainless steel in the form of various bathroom fixtures, and some steel road plate. I figured it would be cool to build a case and shoot at it.
Now, I seriously doubt that anything we shoot at it will be able to penetrate the steel plate. While penetration will probably not be a problem, the impact shock probably will be. The biggest challenge is preventing an impact from damaging the rig. The HDDs and the optical drive, having moving parts, are especially vulnerable. To make things even more interesting, the eventual owner of this case wants to water cool it. Good thing is that the case can be as big as it needs to be.
We start with the drive rack. This rack will house 2 HDDs (the guy wants to have a RAID setup), and an optical drive. It will also have a suspension system. Instead of going through the hassle of fabricating the whole thing, we are using a HDD rack that was salvaged from a Dell Optiplex (I think) as the core.
We decided to see if we could stick a fan to it.
So we made a frame that could hold a fan.
And stuck it on.
That's Jay. The goal is to have this done before June so he can join in the shooting festivities. His expertise in damage control will be critical to the success of this job.
The fan in the pic is a stock 70mm that comes with an AMD chip. While a 70mm fan will be used in the final build, it will not be this one. Well, it depends on how cheap the eventual owner wants to be...
The bottom of the rack has a space that will be perfect for tucking wires. It is likely that we will be trimming more material from the rack later. As of now, we are still undecided on the mounting particulars.
Tomorrow, work will start on the optical mount.