Test bench mod by Ace_finland

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  1. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Member Guru

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    Test bench mod by Ace_finland Finalshots post55!

    Entered the Cooler Master mod competition this year and thought i would start a build log here too so you guys can see what im doing.

    Finally got a design i was happy with. A lot has changed and i probably have spent 100hrs on the design and making things fit (3D) before starting to fabricate.

    So this is the design I'm gonna stick with for now unless i change my mind for a 100th time :D
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    Its not the latest version but rendering takes too long so this will have to do. It won't be as glossy as the picture and if i have time I will make some custom gpu backplates and do something to the new Dominator platinum memory i have just gotten.

    Also started fabricating the radiator boxes today.

    Started with some kinda straight pieces of 1mm metal sheet. Decided on 1mm thickness to add some stability and still easy to fabricate
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    The machine
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    Bent a small test piece to figure out the radius and the measurement, also to get all the angles right.
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    Made four pieces so i can mess up two, easier to make extra now than going back to make two new ones
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    Quick test fit to see how its gonna look
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    Also the parts that arrived
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    Hope you like it and please comment, more comming soon!

    Sponsored by:
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  2. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    Love it.
     
  3. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Member Guru

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    Thanks!
     
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    Hyvältä näyttää.
     

  5. PhazeDelta1

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    I like the test bench builds i've been seeing at lately. Can't wait to see how this one turns out.
     
  6. Ace_finland

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    Kiitoksia!

    Yeah, it's fun to do something different. Hopefully it will turn out allright :eek3:
     
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    Well damn, this is about to look sick as hell.
     
  8. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Sweeeet mozes ... build me one ! :)
     
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    does look very professional is that a mATX broad can it fit a normal ATX
     
  10. Ace_finland

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    Thanks!

    Thanks Hilbert! I might just do that ;)

    Yes, its a mATX but it will also fit an ATX, the square in the middle is the Cooler master bench so it will still fit all the same boards as the original one will
     

  11. Ace_finland

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    Back after a lot of hrs in the garage and at the workshop at work. Not much of an update when it's full of fail but thought i would share anyways.

    Plan A

    Cut a template of the size i wanted
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    Mark the piece to be cut
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    Working with my best friend :) (angle grinder)
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    After a lot of filing.
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    After this i realised cutting the next 3 slots in the metal will make it very thin and will flex and bend a lot. And the plan is to powder coat it after i'm done with it so i can't use any filler. so over to...

    Plan B

    Decided to get all the cuts before bending. Don't mind the tolerances, just forgot to adjust the digits
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    Make a "table" for the mill at work.
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    Used doubble sided sticky tape between the table and the metal sheets to prevent the pieces to vibrate during milling.
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    Fastened the sheets with screws in as many places as possible, i did not want the sheet to move during milling.
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    Let the milling begin. Still a Manual mill so need to be very focused :)
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    More fasteners used as it progressed.
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    Almost done, still need to deburr all the edges and as you can see in the red circle i made a bit of a mess. I had just finished that slot and turned the mill off without turning off the feed. So when i turned the mill on it went like a bat out of.... :( Words can not describe the feeling when that happened. I had spent 6 hrs milling just to do a simple mistake. Anyways, gonna weld it back and see if i can file it down. Wouldn't be a problem if i could use filler.
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    More updates coming tuesday-wednesday if i get the metal bent into shape.

    Ace_finland
     
  12. Ace_finland

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    new update

    welded and grinded down the mess i did the other day :)

    Got the sheets bent today but now i don't know if i should go with the circular mesh or the hexx mesh. The hexx mesh is made out of 1mm aluminum and the circular mesh is made out of steel sheet which would make the whole construction a lot more stable. What do you think?

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    Circular or hexx???
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    Thanks for dropping in!
     
  13. CasperTm

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    Hexx for sure!
     
  14. PhazeDelta1

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    hex looks better
     
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    another vote for hex

    unless you want more of a contrast, then go with the circle. The hex just looks cleaner/sleeker
     

  16. ..VeNoM..

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    Hex here too buddy
     
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    Kenno eli oikea ehdottomasti. Looks somewhat cooler than the rounded grill.
     
  18. pieisgood

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    I dunno, hex looks a bit cheaper like chicken wire.
     
  19. Ace_finland

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    Thanks for all your input guys and all the comments! It keeps me motivated to keep going when i get home from work and are tired!

    Got a bit distracted from building the actual bench the last two days but i did some experiments.

    The Hex mesh has very little surface and stability to it. I want something that "glues" them together which will hold it in place but still fairly easy to remove. I tried with double sided sticky tape which almost held it in place but as soon as you apply pressure to it it instantly came loose. That got me thinking...

    As you can see the surface of the mesh is not much.
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    taped the holes that i did not want to be covered, used Teflon tape on the steel sheet so nothing would stick to it
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    Filled the holes with 2 component epoxy, and let the glue harden. Not the best finish but keep in mind this is just a test not a final mod :)
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    Now there is a lot more surface for the double sided tape to adhere to and it works perfectly!

    Found another mesh today but not really liking it
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    I have decided I'm going to paint all the different meshes black and re post the pictures. I might change my mind once they are all black.

    Also tried some powder coating last night

    This is satin black. Two problems with this color, fingerprints sticks instantly, and it looks kinda cheap
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    Gun metal gray. Had to try, not gonna paint it like this though
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    This is the surface finish of the original cooler master case. I'm really liking this surface finish so i'm gonna order some textured powder coating black and give it a try.
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    Gonna order this color and give it a go!
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    That's all for it now, but my gf is going to a wedding and will be gone all weekend so a lot will probably happen :thumb:
     
  20. sinnedone1

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    I like the gunmetal color personally.

    Instead of black grills have you though about maybe a contrasting color?
    Not anything like red or yellow but possibly something more neutral?
     

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