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  1. #21

    Project: Honeycomb

    I never posted anything about how I plan on keeping the case together except for the threaded screws but that has changed so here it is for all that are curious. I bought everything from

    6-32 x 2 3/4" screws are used to secure the acrylic that hides the cables on the HDD side.

    6-32 x 1 1/4" secure the motherboard to the center 1/2" piece of acrylic.

    6-32 acorn nuts are used to secure both of the above screws. Keeps the look very clean.

    I ordered some 8-32 x 1 1/2" screws to be used with these 8-32 nuts to secure the fans to the acrylic.

    8-40 x 1/2" screws are replacing the below 6-32 x 3/8"threaded screws. I wanted all the screws to be the same type. Black socket head cap screws.

    These 10-32 x 3/8" screws will be used to secure all of the exterior pieces of acrylic to the aluminum frame. They are much bigger than the rest because I want to make them easier to take out and they need to be noticeable.

    These aluminum unthreaded spaces are 1/4" OD, 1 1/2" length for a #8 screw. They worked great for the 6-32 screws because there was acrylic on each side of the spacer so I didn't need to worry about the head size of the screws.

  2. #22

    Project: Honeycomb

    Just got confirmation that EK will be sponsoring my mod. Their new Nickle blocks come out tomorrow and I will have some of the first ones

    They will be providing:

    1x EK-CoolStream RAD XTC (420)
    1x EK-Supreme HF
    1x EK-RAM Dominator-Nicke
    2x EK-DCP 4.0 (12V DC Pump)
    2x EK-Multioption RES X2 – 250 Basic
    20x EK-PSC Fitting 10mm – G1/4 Black
    8x EK-PSC Adapter 45 G1/4 Black

    Big thanks out to Gregor at EK!

  3. #23

    Project: Honeycomb

    Still waiting for the Bitspower and EK gear to arrive.

    I've started cutting the back panel.

    I'm now filing it then I'll cut the fan holes. Lots of work but not much to show.

    Next Day:

    So the hole saw is not working out. Nor is the drill press. It does not have the RPMs to cut the plexi with the hole saw.

    Here it is all setup to be cut.

    Then disaster happened. The arbor bit for the hole saw some how... snapped?

    It wasn't cheap but yet it wasn't an expensive one. $15 Irwin brand which is a well known hardware brand.

    So when the drill press stopped mid cut it torqued the whole panel and snapped a piece of it.

    Its the back of the case so I am going to see if I can repair it. If I can great, if not, I have to order a new piece and spend another 20 hours working on it.

    Cheers till next time.

  4. #24

    Project: Honeycomb

    I have to get over breaking the back panel and work on the front. Since the hole saw isn't working out I'll have to do it all by hand. I will be going uber slow to make sure I get the best cut I can. There will be some flaws but that is to be expected when doing things by hand. So here we go.

    The first holes that I made were 4 1/2". Well I needed a 5 1/2" hole for the 140mm fans. After remeasuring for the 5 1/2" holes, I noticed that 3 of them would not fit on the HDD side. So I down sized it by about 1/4" and they all fit perfectly. I used a compass to draw the circles.

    I then started out cutting the 2 fan holes on the mobo side of the case.

    Next was the center one of the HDD side.

    I heard from someone that you should tape the bottom of your jigsaw so that you don't scratch the plexi and so it glides better. Well it worked like a charm for me.

    One to go.

    All done.

    I also drilled out the Power and Reset switch holes.

    Next I have to drill the holes for the screws.

    Now to test fit some of the fans.

    And the switches.

    Looks good. They stick out a smidge so I'll have to sand the holes a bit more or something.

    I'm using 8-32 x 1 1/2" Socket Head Cap Screws with 8-32 Hex nuts.

    I also did a little brainstorming on the I/O covers. I didn't like the ones that came with the mobo tray so I thought I would try my skill at making my own from some MNPCTECH Modders Mesh.

    Stock cover.

    I straightened it out as much as I could.

    And after a bit of cutting and bending.... I got this. And it fits perfectly.

    How does it look?

    I finally got in touch with Delvie's Plastics to order some more plexi since I broke the back panel. I also needed the hexagons laser cut and I needed a few sheets of orange for the 2 side panel windows.

    I bought some Orange paint while I was home on vacation. Do you guys think a Orange mobo tray and I/O back plate would look good Orange? Or should I just paint the I/O covers Orange? I appreciate the feedback.

    Cheers till next time.

  5. #25

    Project: Honeycomb

    Lamptron hooked me up with a few things.

    2x 12" UV Cold Cathode Kits

    FC5v2 4 channel Fan Controller

    You can check out the review I did for Lamptron on the FC5v2 here.

    Thanks again to Lamptron for helping out with this mod!

    Cheers till next time.

  6. #26

    Project: Honeycomb

    Since its a 3 day weekend I will be trying to get as much done as I can. Here is what I did last night.

    So the media card reader will be in the front plate of the mod. I didn't want to put it anywhere... traditional?

    Drilled holes to fit the jig saw blade.

    After cutting.

    It actually was really straight when I first cut it but I had to widen it roughly 2-3mm so that the card reader would fit snugly. This took almost an hour because I didn't want to take too much off.

    As you can see here. Nothing is holding it up. It fits perfectly.

    Flush with the front panel.

    That's it for today. More to come this weekend hopefully.

    Cheers till then.

  7. #27

    Project: Honeycomb

    Yesterday and today I worked on putting the top and bottom panels onto the case. I also worked on the design for the side panel window today.

    First I measured where I wanted the holes to be for the bottom panel.

    Then I drilled and tapped them.

    I then drilled the holes for the case screws and for the case feet.

    Attached the feet.

    In order to do the top panel I had to temperamentally attach the side and front panels.

    Marked where I need to drill.

    Another good fit.

    I decided that I wanted to paint the motherboard tray and I/O backplate orange so I took them apart.

    Sprayed them with some self etching primer.

    And now I am putting the orange on. I am doing light coats so that it looks even.

    Now for the side panel. I didn't know how I was going to draw the hexagons so I experimented first.

    It looks ok but after 3 or 4 of the hexagons, it wasn't square.

    So now what? It took me awhile but I then figured out that I should measure the hexagon I cut out and just make a grid on the panel. IDK why I didn't think of that in the first place but oh well.

    Progress shots.

    Starting to form the window.

    And finally with all 4 windows cut out. Through the 3 small ones on the right, you will be able to see the 2 reservoirs.

    I think I will start cutting the side panel tonight. Hopefully I'll get the motherboard tray finished today or tomorrow.

    Cheers till then.

  8. #28

    Project: Honeycomb

    After I finished drawing up the side panel yesterday I started cutting it. It took me roughly 4 hours to do the 1 large window and 3 small ones. I wanted ever cut to be perfect because you can always take more off, you can never put it back.

    When cutting windows plexi, first thing to do is drill out your corners so you have somewhere for you blade to go.

    First one done.


    And finally the third small window.

    You can see how the edges are just a bit off. So here they are after filing for a good 30 minutes to get it perfect.

    Next up is the large window. I had to drill lots of holes.

    Done! Well... almost.

    Using the technique that I do, You will still have most corners looking like this but that's OK. I take my jigsaw and clean up the corners with ease.

    All done!

    Here are some shots to show the edges. Remember, this is all done by hand so its only about 95-98% perfect. I might have to file 1 or 2 of the the sides again.

    And here is what it looks like on the case.

    This is only the 1st level of the side panel. There will be raised hexagons on the top, one orange with a black one on top. And behind the window cut out there will be Orange and then the clear piece. The Orange will have LED's behind it to give it some glow.

    Since I have some clear plexi I figured I would cut that to size too and since I don't have a table saw or a laser cutter, I had to make my own.

    Here I am using a level as my guide so that the line is perfectly straight.
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    Up close shot.

    Not too bad.

    And since I cut that piece off, I used it as my straight edge for the next cut.

    Another good cut.

    The line to the left is where the frame stops.

    Here is what it looks like in comparison to the panel.

    That's it for now. I'm still painting the mobo plate and I/O back plate. Until I receive more plexi all I can do is attach the front panel. I might find some other small things to do but nothing major.

    Cheers till next time.

  9. #29

    Project: Honeycomb

    Wow, that's excellent work Fugatech! I like your approach to your hexagonal layout. I took a Sacred Geometry class back in college and drew tons of that stuff.

  10. #30

    Project: Honeycomb

    Wow, that's excellent work Fugatech! I like your approach to your hexagonal layout. I took a Sacred Geometry class back in college and drew tons of that stuff.

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