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[USA] Kurt Schuff

casemod invitational season 1 2016

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Nothing like spending a quality shop day in the great NorthWest!!
 
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Fired up the CNC and began cutting the aluminum sheets for parts.
Probably could have done it by hand with the saw and drill... but this is WAY MORE FUN!
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Started blocking out the wood pieces that will make up a lot of the structure in the case.  Nice natural cedar harvested from the acres around the shop. 
 
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Finished the structural assembly of the waterblocks.  Now is a lot of sanding and polish and cleanup, some LED work, etc. 
 
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The first iteration of the CPU block insert.  I went a little too thin on the aluminum in the middle and got some buckles, so I'll be doing another revision, but I do like how it is starting to look.
 
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And the finished cutting pieces of the fan grills.  These need some grinding and sanding work yet.  The tabs will be bent 90 degress and become brackets that hold the radiator assembly to the case. 
 
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A nice shot of the major pieces worked on this last weekend.  There were a couple others, but I'm saving those for later... ;)
 
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Spent some time with the airbrush on a piece that will end up on the backside of the case.  I literally just started learning how to use an airbrush, so it's a trial-by-fire project. :D  Fortunately I etched several pieces of acrylic so I have extra to work with and practice on.
These three pics are the same paintjob, just with different amounts/angles of backlight.
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I also started connecting fittings, making sure I made enough LED caps, etc.
I didn't get pictures of them yet, but I also started the teardown of the 8 fans that will go on the radiator to change out the LEDs like I did on the last project.  
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Lastly, I wasn't real happy with  the way the acetal I carved relieved internal stress by bowing downward, so I started looking at a backup-plan of painting the original white piece of plastic from the blocks.
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Initial test turned out okay, so I'll continue down that road unless I free up a lot of time to try the acetal again.

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Fan grills are nearly done.  On Friday a buddy helped bend the tabs over.
 
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And today, after some light sanding/polishing to remove tool marks, the mounted up just great!!!  Now I just need to drill holes in the tabs and mount 'em to the case proper!
 
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A quick test at a method to do an aluminum inlay in some cedar... Considering I totally screwed up my mix, it actually turned out tolerable!!
The next step is to do an iron acetate wash to age the wood and see what we're working with.
 
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I also cut some cable organizers.  These will be mounted in the middle of the case and help route the cables.  
 
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Lastly, did a first run on the tubing.  Happy with it for the most part, need to tweak a couple small pieces but otherwise things ended up where I wanted it to!
 
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Yesterday I spent most of the evening working on the fans.  The LEDs need wired up in series, so I began the arduous task of figuring all that out... it's a mess :D
 
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Finished wiring up one side of fans and did a quick test.  All the LEDs work and respond!
 
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LEDs in action:
 

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Last night I finished up wiring the LEDs in the fans on the radiator and did a quick test:
 
(I know... I still haven't figured out how to embed the youtube video in the post itself yet..)
 
 
 
 
I also think I've got my wood color narrowed down finally...
 
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Not much to do tonight, but tomorrow... full shop day!

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This worklog was all about the woodworking.   Using some cedar from a tree that was downed within the 40acre area around the shop, I did some initial cuts on the shape, and then it was over to the CNC to pocket out some holes for the fan grills.
 
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The center piece is actually double width and has a pocket on the inside.  This will be where a lot of the PSU cables run to keep things clean and organized.
 
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I used tape to mark the areas that were going to be covered by the center support, and then punched some holes for mounting it.
 
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The left and right supports needed some material removed to allow for airflow and PSU cord access.
 
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A quick rough-fit of all the wood pieces to make sure things fit.
 
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The window was cut out of .25" acrylic.  A new one had to be cut due to the height requirements being slightly larger than the provided P5.  I also really like the way the cast acrylic etches and lights up (spoiler).
 
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Some add'l shots of the wood pieces nesting around.
 
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The center support nests over a couple cable routing panels that will help guide the PSU cords in and out of the pocket.
 
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The unfinished assembly.  All the wood still needs sanding, cleanup, resin, stained, and a myriad of other odd jobs.
 
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The top lid lifts up on a hinge and allows easy access to the upper components. 
 
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Finally, a sneak peek of one of the next steps... wiring.  This was just a quick run with some scrap wire to determine how to wire all those leds without making a spiderweb mess.
 
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Willing to know how you gonna hide all those cables!



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I do like the gpu block effect. Where did you got the idea? Looks 3d effect

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I wish good luck in competition!



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Willing to know how you gonna hide all those cables!

 

Me too!   Truth be told, there's only so much hiding I'll be able to do, the rest will have to be neat and clean looking.  Probably the most challenging part of all this will be getting all that to look nice.

 

 

I do like the gpu block effect. Where did you got the idea? Looks 3d effect

 

I've done a lot of edge-lit acrylic stuff in the past, and when I was describing some of the things I wanted to do with the GPU blocks, a good friend mentioned it would be cool if I could do the edge-lighting on that somehow... so there it is.   The 3d effect is just a matter of laser power :D  I'll post up a layer-by-layer breakdown on the GPU block in the next day or two so people can see how it worked out.

 

 

I wish good luck in competition!

 

Thanks!  Being a part of the competition is already a win in my book.  So exciting!


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Last night I spent the evening tearing everything apart and reassembling it.  I needed to get the wall mount bracket out of the way inside the case, and the screws for that were behind the motherboard.
 
It gave me an opportunity to actually apply the thermal compound to the CPU (the block was just sitting there temporarily), and do some wiring from the case front panel to the motherboard.
 
I also tossed the RAM in there to see how it would look.  I think it's going to need some tweaking but overall it's cool!  It'll really pop when everything is powered on and lit up.
 
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This is the right side of the center column.  I will be filling it with an aluminum resin mix to give a metal inlay look before I stain all the wood.
Fun fact... that's been my banner in Diablo3 since launch. :)
 
I'm about 50/50 success rate with that process... so we're going to roll the dice and hope it works!
 
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Tonight I'm going to really start hitting the wiring.  I'll hopefully be posting a GPU teardown on the blocks now that the LEDs are mounted, so people can see how the layers all ended up working.
 
CRUNCH TIME!!!!!!!
 

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Goood Luck Man ... just by looking at the pictures gives me goose bumps, every little piece, the whole making custom parts, you guys are definite pros. Will be checking your progress through out the competition...... and yes I want to see how you set up the cables, always been a problem for my builds   :)



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Seriously those fan grills tho :wub: . I'm pretty excited to see the end result.


Best Grill \o\


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Great photos and I'm so impressed with your woodworking and metalworking abilities!  Best of Luck Kurt!



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This is awesome!!!   I am really impressed with the added wood crafting added in to the build!   Looks amazing man!   Look forward to seeing the final product in person!!!



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great metal work, plus wood work.

metal+wood, this is alchemy!

this is awesome! :o

summon my mom!



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drooling....... :D this is awesome!.



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Speechless watching over the images! :o

 

This is way more monster like than what I've imagine, love to see the result...

 

Goodluck man!







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