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    This is REV B of my carputer. I added an OPUS 150 and got rid of the inverter. This saved alot of space so now I can make a smaller case. I got a hindged door with a lockable latch. All the inputs are bulkheads for easy install/removal. I got a 9 pin molex for all the power and rca bulkheads for the audio. It should be in production by the end of the week. I'm gonna take pics all through the process. First it will be laser cut and deburred. Then it will go off to the brake forms. Next it goes to assembly where the clinch nuts and standoffs will be pressed in. Next the hindge will be spot welded to the door and the case. Then it will go off to the paint booth. And finally, I will do all the final assembly.
    Attached Files
    2.4 celeron
    150 watt OPUS
    micro atx
    xp pro
    tv/radio tuner card
    audigy
    Dual monitor Radeon
    802.11G Mimo
    xm pcr
    dvd
    gps
    8" Lilliput touch screen
    IGuidance
    dual optimas
    battery isolator
    15" screen
    My Truck

  • #2
    Lookin good man! What application are you using for design? Im working on a similar project in another thread. This looks to be almost a full size ATX case though. I used .063" aluminum on mine and it is strong as can be. I would not do anything under .040" or it will be too flimsy. Can't wait to see some pics of the production and final model.
    Build Things, it keeps your brain busy.

    AutoPC v1 (Retired) - AutoPC v2 (in progress) - www.shocknet.us

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    • #3
      I'm using .050 H32 so that I can use an .032 bend radius. What bend radius did you use? Its a micro atx case. Not quite as big as the ones in the stores but it will house full size PCI cards. It's a lot thinner than and shorter than a normal case not to mention single walled design to save space. It's a bit longer because I'm puttin my USB sound card and XM PCR all in the case. The software I used for this is Mechanical Desktop 2004 DX. I have Catia and Solidworks but for such simple geometries its easier for me to use MD. How about yours?
      Attached Files
      2.4 celeron
      150 watt OPUS
      micro atx
      xp pro
      tv/radio tuner card
      audigy
      Dual monitor Radeon
      802.11G Mimo
      xm pcr
      dvd
      gps
      8" Lilliput touch screen
      IGuidance
      dual optimas
      battery isolator
      15" screen
      My Truck

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      • #4
        The pieces are being cut today on either this laser or the dual bed laser similar to this one.
        Mazak Laser Capable Of Cutting Up To .250
        Attached Files
        2.4 celeron
        150 watt OPUS
        micro atx
        xp pro
        tv/radio tuner card
        audigy
        Dual monitor Radeon
        802.11G Mimo
        xm pcr
        dvd
        gps
        8" Lilliput touch screen
        IGuidance
        dual optimas
        battery isolator
        15" screen
        My Truck

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        • #5
          Tomorrow the pieces will be break formed on this with an .032 radius.
          Attached Files
          2.4 celeron
          150 watt OPUS
          micro atx
          xp pro
          tv/radio tuner card
          audigy
          Dual monitor Radeon
          802.11G Mimo
          xm pcr
          dvd
          gps
          8" Lilliput touch screen
          IGuidance
          dual optimas
          battery isolator
          15" screen
          My Truck

          Comment


          • #6
            Here are all the pieces, laser cut and waiting to be break formed.
            Attached Files
            2.4 celeron
            150 watt OPUS
            micro atx
            xp pro
            tv/radio tuner card
            audigy
            Dual monitor Radeon
            802.11G Mimo
            xm pcr
            dvd
            gps
            8" Lilliput touch screen
            IGuidance
            dual optimas
            battery isolator
            15" screen
            My Truck

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            • #7
              Awsome!!!! which I had access to that kind of machinery. Good work, please keep us updated

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              • #8
                yo man ur near by if u finish this caser i might be interested in buying em maybe bulk status

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                • #9
                  Break formed. Now it's off to assembly.
                  Attached Files
                  2.4 celeron
                  150 watt OPUS
                  micro atx
                  xp pro
                  tv/radio tuner card
                  audigy
                  Dual monitor Radeon
                  802.11G Mimo
                  xm pcr
                  dvd
                  gps
                  8" Lilliput touch screen
                  IGuidance
                  dual optimas
                  battery isolator
                  15" screen
                  My Truck

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                  • #10
                    primed in military spec primer.
                    Attached Files
                    2.4 celeron
                    150 watt OPUS
                    micro atx
                    xp pro
                    tv/radio tuner card
                    audigy
                    Dual monitor Radeon
                    802.11G Mimo
                    xm pcr
                    dvd
                    gps
                    8" Lilliput touch screen
                    IGuidance
                    dual optimas
                    battery isolator
                    15" screen
                    My Truck

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Painted and textured for a rugged scratch resistant finish.
                      Attached Files
                      2.4 celeron
                      150 watt OPUS
                      micro atx
                      xp pro
                      tv/radio tuner card
                      audigy
                      Dual monitor Radeon
                      802.11G Mimo
                      xm pcr
                      dvd
                      gps
                      8" Lilliput touch screen
                      IGuidance
                      dual optimas
                      battery isolator
                      15" screen
                      My Truck

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Check out the pressed in clinch nuts and stand offs. They are completely flush from the back side.
                        Attached Files
                        2.4 celeron
                        150 watt OPUS
                        micro atx
                        xp pro
                        tv/radio tuner card
                        audigy
                        Dual monitor Radeon
                        802.11G Mimo
                        xm pcr
                        dvd
                        gps
                        8" Lilliput touch screen
                        IGuidance
                        dual optimas
                        battery isolator
                        15" screen
                        My Truck

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                        • #13
                          wow! great work! Can you design me a custom one?
                          Jarrod - Holden VX S!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by n8scstm
                            Check out the pressed in clinch nuts and stand offs. They are completely flush from the back side.

                            I'm considering making a case like this myself, as I have access to a CNC machine and a sheet metal bender etc. But i'm wondering how you do that bit? With the Stand offs completly flush from the back? Do you drill 1/2 of the metal and insert the standof inside?

                            any tips would be appreciated!

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                            • #15
                              I made mine with regular motherboard standoffs that screw in. I used .063" aluminum, drilled a hole where it went, tapped the hole 6-32 and then the standoff will thread in and be perfect flush on the bottom
                              Build Things, it keeps your brain busy.

                              AutoPC v1 (Retired) - AutoPC v2 (in progress) - www.shocknet.us

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