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    The Bulletproof Case

    All of the pics have been rehosted. Thanks for being patient!

    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.

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    The Bulletproof Case

    Sounds like it's going to be one heavy case.

    If it makes it threw all the shots is a sure bet it'll survive animals or kids beating away at it.

    The drives might be safe since they wont be spinning any scratching from the heads should be minimal with them in a suspension deal.

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    The Bulletproof Case

    It'll be a LAN party mobile unit... complete with it's own hydraulic lift!


    Ought to be interesting!

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    now that does sound intresting

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    The weight of this thing has been taken into serious consideration, and we will be doing what we can to keep it as easy to move as possible. No, it won't be doing any LAN parties that's for sure. We are thinking that the weight will also serve to help with the shock management.

    One thing we are trying to work out is how to completely separate the armor from the chassis while the case is at rest. This would prevent any shock from being transferred which is ideal of course. We would still protect the system, but it would be redundant.

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    The Bulletproof Case

    Now this is one post that I will be watching closely. Maybe you'll need to patent the shock assembly if it survives the shot test. Ha Ha Maybe the military will be interested in it. Good luck and Happy Modding to ya.

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    GREAT idea lol

    and if possible, get a high-speed camrea (that records alot of frames in a second) and record the case being shot

    dang can't wait for the case to be complated lol



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    take the Thermaltake's Armor case and shoot it too and show the vids to Thermaltake :P

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    One thing we are trying to work out is how to completely separate the armor from the chassis while the case is at rest. This would prevent any shock from being transferred which is ideal of course. We would still protect the system, but it would be redundant.
    The first thing that comes to mond is suspened it with rubber straps, like the old rubber tie down straps that have hooks on the end.

    If you make a video you got to let us seeit first :-)

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    First step in mounting the optical drive to the rack was to head to Ace for a piece of 1" angle stock. Good thing it is down at the end of the street. After getting the stock, we cut a piece out of an old side panel, measured the holes, and put it in the drill press.



    Then we cut some of the 1" to length, shaved 1/8" or so off of 1 side of each, lined the rails up, drilled them and the plate at the same time, and screwed them down.



    Then we slid an old CDRW in there to test the fit.



    The fit is nice and snug.

    Next is to cut some slots in the rails to allow for forward/back adjustment, and tweeze the whole assembly a little bit here and there. Also, I will start rounding up the stuff to begin the chassis this week.
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    em3bilko: somebody else suggested that we patent this if it survives the test. I can't imagine that there is much demand for bulletproof PC cases, but what the heck. We might just do that.

    Dex: that's a great idea! We'll send the clip to TT, and show them what an armor case really is.

    AF: We thought about that exact thing. We also had another idea that is probably better, though it it turning out to be a bear to engineer. What we are thinking about is 2 separate frames. One for the computer stuff and WCing gear, and one for the armor. When the case is at rest, the two sections don't touch. If they're not touching, then shock can't be transferred. When the case is moved, the comp chassis will lift up and into the armor frame, picking it up off of the ground. When at rest, the armor will be on the ground.

    At least that's how the theory works. We are struggling with how to pull it off. It would be easier if we had more money and better tools...

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    The battlefield of the future will have computers, at least in the command post. Soldiers will have portable systems on their backs to communicate with the CP. They will need to be shock proof for sure. The enemy like to shoot anybody with something on their backs such as the flame throwers in WWII. Many of a man went down being shot because they were carry the tanks of the flame throwers on their backs. The soldier of the future will need a shock proof system that will withstand a shot from the enemy. Happy Modding to ya.

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