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    Quote Originally Posted by FirebirdTN View Post
    . . . I would get it down locally, but my big question is where does someone get this stuff done? . . . I am in Memphis, TN, USA
    In a city the size of Memphis, there are lots of options. You're looking for a shop that does fabrication work or a place that does repairs to equipment. These resources come to mind:
    (1) Try contacting the shop teacher at a local high school (if they have a shop class) or trade school, and ask them about fabrication or repair shops in the area; they might even take on a custom job themselves.
    (2) If you don't find what you're looking for in the directories, drive into the local industrial district and stop at a few "garage" shops; ask who does fabrication or repair work in the area.
    (3) Ask your auto repair shop who they recommend.
    (4) Visit independent autobody shops and ask who they recommend.
    (5) Go to a university in your area, and find the guy in charge of maintenance; ask who they use.
    (6) At a university, wander the campus, find the engineering department -- preferably mechanical engineering -- and talk to the professors; ask what contacts they might have who do fabrication or repair work.
    (7) Ask among your friends -- maybe one of them has a relative or friend with a hobby workshop; if you're lucky, you can watch, or help, or learn to do it yourself.

    If you already have a Mechatronix kit, take it with you. It'll be helpful in starting the discussion.

    Before you go, though, your modifications to the Mechatronix design are pretty significant, so you'll need some good drawings of what you want. You can get free computer-aided design and drafting software at http://www.emachineshop.com. They'll do the fab work, too -- that's why they provide the software -- but you can just use the software and find your own supplier. You can also get software at http://www.frontpanelexpress.com.

    Make sure your drawings are exactly what you what, because a good fabrication shop will give you exactly what you request; if what you ask for is wrong, you pay to fix your mistakes, too.

    The good drawings can be very helpful if your project is so successful that others want it, too -- then you become the distributor.

    Prices for this work vary over an amazingly wide range. You can shop around . . . and you may get some good advice along the way.

    Oh, and quality varies widely, too. Look at examples of the work shops do, and see if it meets your standards.
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    Damn wish someone would post stuff like that for us in Syd, there just isn't enough fabricators around like in the states!

    I'll post up pix maybe 2morrow as been working flat out and just didn't get round to it
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    Well here is the new bezel's black pastic mounts with the modification to take the 629 board for the lilliput LCD screen



    and now with the PCB mounted

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    Looks Good! Thanks for the pics!

    Although from the pics, those mounts definately won't work for me. My board looks COMPLETELY different that yours. Do you have the newer LED backlit 629, or the older CCFL backlit model?

    My board is about 3/4" shorter, and about 1 1/2 inches narrower than yours, so I am not sure if there are, and how many different boards Lilliput has used in the 629...

    -Alan

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    Well I bought my screen about 1 year ago and it was still wrapped in plastic until last week, so I guess I have an older version than u.

    Post up some pix of the board as I do think mine is CCFL backlit

    This is the LCD panel prior to me making up the new black mounts

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    Here's another picture of how it looks bolted up on my new Mechtronix Bezel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kosti View Post
    Well I bought my screen about 1 year ago and it was still wrapped in plastic until last week, so I guess I have an older version than u.

    Post up some pix of the board as I do think mine is CCFL backlit

    This is the LCD panel prior to me making up the new black mounts

    I'll try and post some up this coming weekend. Sorry for the delay, but I have had my monitor apart and together a dozen times already, and am currently awaiting some parts.

    I just bought my monitor last month. I was cosidering the 3M film upgrades, but am definately NOT going to do it. I have been trying to apply the ARMR film without much luck. Luckily, this monitor is VERY bright. But the difficulty I have had with just applying the anti-reflective film has put me off on the 3M upgrades. First time, I applied it slightly crooked. Second time, I had a couple tiny pieces of dust get between the film and the touchscreen. Hopefully, 3rd time will be a charm.

    Also, somehow, I ended up with dust "behind" the screen!!! Luckily, the touchscreen is only taped to the display. Somehow the dust found its way behind the touchscreen when I was trying to apply the ARMR film, even though I never removed it. After getting dust behind the screen, it was bugging the crap out of me, so I removed the TS, and micro-fibered the sreen, and put the TS back on. Dust gone.

    My house isn't THAT dusty, I think what is happening is, as I peel the plastic off the ARMR film, its creating static that is attracting the dust to the film/lcd.

    Anyway, got a new film coming, and will be trying again this weekend. Also, hopefully my plastic will arrive this week so I can start on the mounts. Any my power supply will be here Friday as well.

    -Alan

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    Kosti,

    Looks like it turned out awesome. Those plastic pieces were expensive, but you would have to be happy with the result.

    Can't wait to see it all in the car.
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    Well, 3rd time was a charm for the ARMR film. I ended up purchasing some latex gloves, are *carefully* applied it. No dust behind the film, and its on straight!

    As much of a PITA that was, I decided against making my own brackets. I just don't have the correct tools, let alone the patience for something like that.

    I did find a fab shop here in memphis that are going to make the brackets for me. Unfortunately, they specialize in plastics only, so I will need to find an aluminum fabricator in the near future as I want a "shelf" and a "top cover" made for the Mecha kit.

    But, that plastic shop may come in handy soon. I want to cut a slit large enough for a CD in the Metra faceplate, and there is NO WAY I could do it and make it straight and look good.

    Anyway, I don't know how long it will take them, but hopefully they will have them done by the end of the day, and I'll definately get some pics by this weekend. Again my brackets are for the 2008 LED backlit 629s...

    -Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdholtz View Post
    In a city the size of Memphis, there are lots of options...
    I saw you created a new post...where did it go??? I couldn't find it!

    Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you!

    I feel pretty stupid, but I figured even though all the shops I saw specialized in large quantity/industrial, I'd start calling to find someone.

    First place I called, they obliged!

    Anyway, just got the brackets in, and WOW do they look good. Much better than I could EVER dream of doing by hand.

    Really nice guy helped me out. While I was picking them up this morning, I inquired about the possibility of cutting my "slit" for my CD opening in the Metra bezel, and he said they could do it no problem.

    He even told me that I could bring the bezel back and they would take care of it and just charge me for all the work at one time. He said "I trust you to come back, so go ahead and take the mounts, and bring the bezel back when your ready".

    He even gave me the price if I need more of them made up (in case anyone else needs any/has any interest), which was MORE than reasonable, but I do have to supply the materials at the quoted price.

    Very cool!

    Anyway, thanks again! Now time to find an aluminum fabricator....although when I left he did say he knew someone that could tackle the aluminum projects for me!

    -Alan

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    Well, here are a couple pics. I am going to have them run another set for me. I drilled the inside holes myself since it was very difficult to get exact measurements on the circuit board with all the components in the way on the top side, and all the solder/leaded components poking thru the bottom side.

    Although these brackets will work perfect fine, you can see that my measurements were off by a little bit (my mistake, not theirs). So it won't be going together this weekend, but I am headed in the right direction.

    Also, in the first pic you can see the circuit board in relation to the LCD panel; you can see it is very small compared to the ccfl backlit models.
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