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  • DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

    This project will be themed on the utility case a Star Trek Engineering away team might take on a mission. Technology featured in this build will include Nvidia's 3d Stereo graphics for the most immerse gaming short of a holodeck. The build will contain two mini-itx based systems for true head-to-head gaming. The project is a join venture between BoxGods (a.k.a. Geno) and Out of the Box Mods (a.k.a. me). Our goal is to have it premier at QuakeCon (Nvidia has booth space reserved for it) then next travel to PAX.

    Sponsors:
    - Nvidia (3d monitors, glasses)
    - Danger Den (CNC, laser, design services, I think I bought all the water-cooling parts retail for this project except GPU blocks)
    - Crucial (Ballistix Tracer ram and SSD hard drives)
    - Performance PCs (tons of stuff)
    - :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::b anana::banana::banana: (still using sponsored parts from Daywalker)
    - Mountain Mods (thanks for helping get materials on short notice Ben!!!)
    - BoxGods (aluminum boxes and tons of design services)
    - Palit (GPUs and blocks leftover from Daywalker project)
    - I wanted to fit FrozenQ reservoirs in but the space is so small he would have to make really small ones. I do not know if he will have time. Anyway, he still deserves a shout out.

    Geno, after months of work and more than one sleepless night and shower less day has the drawings finished. I received the aluminum boxes Friday, then traveled to Danger Den Saturday. Jeremy, the CEO of DD, was kind enough to give up his entire day to draw the holes for the case where I needed them and then use one of their CNC mills to cut the holes. This week they will laser cut the acrylic parts as well. Today I ground the slag off the boxes and radiused the edges (Geno already has some of it done so I would know what result to shoot for). This is my FIRST time working with metal so please keep that in mind when commenting. I still have to do use the Scotch Bright finishing sander attachment (this round was with a number 80 flap attachment). Tomorrow I will start the polishing . . .w00t

    Drawing (not complete):



    CNC Mill:



    After mill:


    Grinding (Geno I do listen to your safety nagging):






    Guess I have a date with a file and sandpaper tomorrow as well . . . .maybe polishing on Tuesday?
    Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

  • #2
    DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

    Great idea! A two for one system I can't wait to see it at QuakeCon.
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    • #3
      DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

      Did what I could metal-working on teh boxes, but got some pros to help get it rightly polished up. here is the center box. The other two are already at the painter who will paint the inside metallic teal then clearcoat the inside and outside of the boxes. I might also have them paint the PSU





      Brian from Primochill came though in a pinch with laser cutting.


      Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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      • #4
        DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

        Moar Shiney . . .also filed the corners of the reservoir hole so it will sit flush. It will have one of the new billeted aluminum face plates polished to match the case




        Thanks to Asus and Crucial for sponsoring hardware:





        Decided to get some painting done. The pump and rads really will not be visible but I wanted to at least have them reflect some light to maybe help light up the 'nacelles' or laminated acrylic layers between the boxes




        Geno says I will have some sanding and polishing of the edges of the acrylic pieces when they get here so I stocked up on compounds (also need to polish the knobs . . .errr, that did not sound right . . .uh handles for adjusting the monitors)
        Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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        • #5
          DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

          looking sweet so far.

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          • #6
            DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

            I hope you can tell I am working out on a regular basis. My goal is to be able to benchpress Tazz 20 times straight
            . . . Currently I am at 245 and this week am up to doing three sets of 215 . . . .also need the strength to life these damns mods to a table. Getting too old for this stuff.
            Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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            • #7
              DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

              Got the PSU put together after painting (finally a silver Silverstone) . . .then started violating my diet by consuming a steady stream of gin and tonics . . .
              Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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              • #8
                DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

                Got the boxes back from painting:



                Wish I had the pump painted teal as well:

                Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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                • #9
                  DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

                  mobo and gpu mounted in one of the two side boxes
                  Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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                  • #10
                    DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

                    got the acrylic pieces in from Geno . . .first peeling off all the paper. tomorrow starts sanding and polishing.


                    Acrylic pieces cut:

                    Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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                    • #11
                      DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

                      sanding away (batch sand then go back and wet sand with finer grit individually):



                      Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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                      • #12
                        DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

                        Holy Carp this is awesome how did I miss this. Star Trek Themed Too!! Very awesome. Looking forward to seeing how all those acrylic pieces look on the case. Very awesome indeed. Great work so far.
                        Nothing is as it seems, nor is it otherwise.

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                        • #13
                          DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

                          Thanks Sheldog

                          Polished ALL day long and still went to the gym. Special thanks to my buddy John (SoundEvolution) for spending the last two days sanding with his orbital while I wet sanded and polished. After the project is done I will post some videos of parts of the project.

                          Here is a test assembly of the center box and one of the side boxes. I got the order wrong as the black layer with the radiator mounts goes next to the bigger center box not the outside box. So far, looking good. I will clean the acrylic up well before final assembly.





                          Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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                          • #14
                            DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

                            Test fitting the wheel assembly (will use different mounting hardware of course

                            Check out my blog: www.outoftheboxmods.com

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                            • #15
                              DarthBeavis Project Log: Away Team

                              Man that looks really awesome! but aren't you worried about that acrylic getting snapped or broken?
                              Nothing is as it seems, nor is it otherwise.

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