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Project: RAD GT -- Custom Acrylic Case Worklog

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Those are some cool looking fans.....never seen those kind before.

 

They really are cool; I just discovered them myself while browsing A.C.Ryan's website.

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Long awaited update :D

 

Laid out Front Panel

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Cut out Front Panel

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Assembled Outer Panels

 

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Rounded the edges; note, only the outside edges have rounds

Top and Bottom Panels

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Front and Back Panels

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Left Panel

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Right Panel

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Tomorrow I'll put it back together and sand all the edges and blend the corners. I hope to get it polished tomorrow as well; But I may work on a wheeled base for it

 

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Just a small update today; but it give a good perspective of what the finished product will look like

 

Sanded the edges to blend the corners together

Outer-Panels24.jpg

 

Assembled the panels with switches and FPIO to give an idea of how the case will look

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I still have to polish up the edges and install the drive bays; then the case itself will be basically complete.

 

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Hmm, even though I'm seeing this pretty late in the project as I joined about 2 days or so ago; this is very nice, great work you're doing. :)

 

Can't wait to see the finished result, I love acrylic cases. ^_^

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Hmm, even though I'm seeing this pretty late in the project as I joined about 2 days or so ago; this is very nice, great work you're doing. :)

 

Can't wait to see the finished result, I love acrylic cases. ^_^

 

Thanks; I'm very happy with the results so far.

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I've also received support from Petra's Tech Shop

 

Here's what they sent me: Acrylic LED case feet, 3x 120mm chrome fan grills, and water additives (Biocide & Blue, Green, and Red dyes)

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The LED feet and wiring harnesses

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Case feet in action

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One drawback to the controller for the LEDs is that it defaults to a flashing mode when it's turned on; but I'll be eliminating the controller and connecting them directly to a switched 12V line, so that won't be an issue for me.

 

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yeah but hiding the wires are going to be a pain in the butt :D could miter a square slot in the bottom panel and eatch it so that its not see though and run the wires in there

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yeah but hiding the wires are going to be a pain in the butt :D could miter a square slot in the bottom panel and eatch it so that its not see though and run the wires in there

 

Wire management is really going to be key with this case.

 

I don't want to cut grooves for the wires as it would reduce the structural strength and IMO look worse than nicely sleeves cabling.

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I kinda like the look of neatly twisted cables, as long as they are routed nicely, the hardest part is getting to stay tight to corners.

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I kinda like the look of neatly twisted cables, as long as they are routed nicely, the hardest part is getting to stay tight to corners.

 

True, twisted cabling looks good; but since this case is acrylic and will be tricked out with UV, I'd rather put on UV reactive sleeving.

 

Once I'm through with this case; the wiring will be a dream.

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