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    Question Need project box.

    I have a plan for an DIN sized face plate control panel (if not a whole din sized EPIA based PC).

    I have an idea where I can mount a laptop slot DVD in a DIN sized box, slightly recessed into the dash, and then build a flip down/slide down (haven't exactley decided yet) panel that will hide it. When flipped/slid down, it would reveal a Winamp serial button array, and a 2 line LCD, and the infrared remote sensor or my IRA.

    What I'm trying to locate is a small project box, orjroughty the width/height of a DIN removeable front from a car stereo. Depth isn't vitally important, because using the slot DVD I would be able to set it quite well back.

    If I go for the Flip down method with a consealed push or magnetic catch, I plan to have it rotate on hollow tubular hinge pins, this would allow all the wiring to be either routed back into the PC, or into the blank case behind it, and through to the PC that way. Also when closed they would be no clue that anything was there at all.

    I'm adding a very rough sketch below to illustrate what I mean.

    With the Character LCD and buttons on fold down panel, it would be easier to fit them in, than trying to squeeze them all under a Slim CD/DVD.

    just need to find a project box now. Any suggestion, preferably UK, and part no's if you have any.
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    Paladin is looking at possibly having some fabricated. thread here

    I'm just about done building my double din computer with the epia .. you are going to have a real hard time squeezing everything into a single din especially if you are putting the psu internally as well.. if you do it though you will get much props

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    Originally posted by ShinkunoNamida
    Paladin is looking at possibly having some fabricated. thread here

    I'm just about done building my double din computer with the epia .. you are going to have a real hard time squeezing everything into a single din especially if you are putting the psu internally as well.. if you do it though you will get much props

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    Yeah, I figured single din for the whole lot would be too tight, thats why I thought single din DVD and control panel, with the rest either hidden away in spare space behind the dash, or as a seperate box under the dash.

    I shall have a look at Paladins thread cheers, i think I missed that one.
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    a 4x40 fits perfectly in an old VHS video-tape-case
    The width is exactly the same..
    Get on of these older Sony V Videotapes
    The had those hardplastic cases that where nearly bigger than a videotape.. (you know.. the kind the cheaper brands have cardbord-boxes.. )

    If you fill it with a display and some other guts. it will get strong enough not to bend.


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    Originally posted by Raas
    a 4x40 fits perfectly in an old VHS video-tape-case
    The width is exactly the same..
    Get on of these older Sony V Videotapes
    The had those hardplastic cases that where nearly bigger than a videotape.. (you know.. the kind the cheaper brands have cardbord-boxes.. )

    If you fill it with a display and some other guts. it will get strong enough not to bend.


    Greetz,
    That isn't actually a bad idea.
    A little larger than I was planning (wanted to fit the controls into single din slot, with the DVD, and have the PC somewhere else), but it could work for a not quite double din spec setup.

    something like a rental video box might do it.
    Mounted vertically so you actually mount everything means you could probably get a good 5" TFT and button controls into that.

    Might even be able to make use of the hinged portion some how too, maybe to raise and lower the screen/buttons, or maybe make it fixed, but as the front of a custom box.

    You've given me a couple of ideas there.
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    Re: Need project box.

    Originally posted by Skraggy_uk
    I have a plan for an DIN sized face plate control panel (if not a whole din sized EPIA based PC).

    ...

    just need to find a project box now. Any suggestion, preferably UK, and part no's if you have any.
    Maplin Electronics (home of the box used by someone called Hugo Fiennes, and some other poster here as well) have some great project boxes.

    Although they don't meet your exact size spec (ie they are neither 2" x 7", or 4" x 7"), they might be a good starting point.

    Here's a URL: http://www.maplin.co.uk/products/pro...&moduleno=1728

    Here's a dodgy pic:



    Anyone know where I could pick up these same enclosures in Australia? I really don't want to build using perspex...

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    skraggy,
    If u can draw up a design for your box, I can get a quote and i believe it will take them less than a week to make it.
    Its a huge stainless steel factory but since i know the owner, he is willing to make small amounts.

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    Originally posted by Paladin
    skraggy,
    If u can draw up a design for your box, I can get a quote and i believe it will take them less than a week to make it.
    Its a huge stainless steel factory but since i know the owner, he is willing to make small amounts.
    Paladin

    To get a feel for the cost - how much would the box that I included in the pic shown above cost to have made?

    Assume dimensions of (W)215mm x (D)215mm x (H)100mm (all internal dimensions).

    What gauge stainless?

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    Originally posted by Paladin
    skraggy,
    If u can draw up a design for your box, I can get a quote and i believe it will take them less than a week to make it.
    Its a huge stainless steel factory but since i know the owner, he is willing to make small amounts.

    Paladin
    I'm actually looking to use either the case from a Din Radio (single), or even the dash fitting rack from one (little extra room), so Ideally, I would be looking for something with similar dimension to a standard radio removeable/flip front.

    I think I'm going to end up picking up some Ali sheet, and bending my own. I'm only looking for a very simple one off ali shell, with plastic front. Might even make the front from clear plexi, and design a paper/card overlay to be stuck to the back of it, so it looks similar to a head unit.
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    I've been overloaded with work lately but i managed to work on the case. I've decided to design something very similar to your pc psu case except i'll be using 0.8mm stainless steel instead of aluminium. The face plate would be removable too. Im currently waiting for it to be made and i'll post some pics then.

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