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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    been meaning to make a thread for this new material I've been using... you gotta try this stuff for fabrication from scratch, it's awesome stuff, you can make almost anything from it.... I did my overhead console & also my main dash bezel has some of this in it's construction... I use this stuff for grilles & stuff, it's excellent to repair smc composites... I really need to put it up in a thread by itself but heres my console... started the framework with aluminum picture frame stock...
    Hey turbocad6, awesome craftsmanship! I'm a newcomer to the forums and was curious about the epoxy molding compound you are using. I have used a micro slurry mixture for similar work and was wondering how it compares to the EMC product you're using.

    The resin I use can make the micro a little hard to sand and it takes several hours to cure. I would guess that it also has the same advantage over bondo, in that it doesn't shrink nearly as bad.

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    thanks turbo cad. keep up the good work, cuse you do great work!


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    afterdigital, forgot your post I used the stock overhead console & built from that.. my upper screen is fixed, doesn't retract in & out or up & down... I have pictures of how I did it in this thread...

    cirrus, I'm not familiar with a micro slurry mixture, is that just microballons & resin? hard to say how it compares for me really. the max emc does take a really long time to set up & I have seen no shrinkage at all with it, it's not very hard to sand the next day but a few days later it's harder to sand, never really difficult though

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    cirrus, I'm not familiar with a micro slurry mixture, is that just microballons & resin?
    Yep, just microballoons and resin. You can vary the viscosity of the slurry by the amount of microballoons you add to the resin. So you can make a really light paste/filler out of it. I am going to have to try out your emc suggestion, sounds like it's easy to work with.

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    I've used microballons before just straight with resin. you get a very hard end result unless you really do a very high microballons/resin ratio. I'm curious how adding microballons to the max emc would react, but it is already pretty light weight stuff & sands easily enough as-is... I'm going to try mixing some with microballons & see what it does to the properties of the max emc. comparing a microballon slurry to the max emc, the max emc feels more like plastic as an end result than a resin & it is way easier to work with...

    def try it, awesome stuff to work with & excellent adhesion to plastics, especially when roughed up to increase suface area contact, def my new favorite "stuff", can't even tell you how many things you can do with it, can make &/or repair so many things with it. you also might want to try some of there colorant too, just like 5% of there black colorant added to the mix & the end results are a really nice natively black through & through material

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    thanks man, not really... I have a few friends that I may help a bit but I don't really have much time to do stuff like this on a regular basis or for customers really, few & far between if I do.

    now the ironic part is that right now. I can't finish my fx cause I'm trying to finish up a friend/customers install I put him off untill I got mine in & working & on the road.

    now it was supposed to be a simple thing really, the guys not a computer nerd really, don't know a front end from a megabyte, all he wants is to be able to use his laptop in the car comfortably if he ever wants to go online, that's it. we already did a whole kenwood multimedia setup with every bell & whistle available a few years ago, dvd's nav & satellite radio & hd radio & everything is already there, so the laptop really isn't for that stuff

    original plan was real simple, the center console is already removed, I was going to hinge a small touchscreen laptop dock that folds down, just fold it up & dock the lappy, then either remove it or leave it there, but be able to fold it down out of the way.

    the laptop I made him buy for this install is the same one I use as a portable daily, it's a fujitsu tablet with a 8.9" widescreen, it's touchscreen & transflective, a p1610, nice piece

    as I designed the hinge I just didn't like it, I was going to have to have a mechanical lock to hold it up, & I just wasn't feeling it, after much screwing with it, I decided to change plans, I decided I wanted the tablet to slide in & out of the dash, as I built it I decided to motorize it, I've been working on it spare time now for like 5 weeks or so. I had to do modifications to the inner climate control box & ductwork too

    it works sick, it ejects out pretty fast & locks in place with a firm clank sound, the motor reaches it's limit switch & the cable drive is spring loaded to hold it tight, it's at the perfect height & distance to type directly on it's keyboard, it's screen is directly below the main multimedia display. both can be used at the same time. the only thing blocked by the laptop screen when open is half the climate control.


    fold it closed & it retracts back into the dash & disapears, all that you see is a panel with the round cadillac clock in it, this panel hinges down & forward when the laptop is ejected & folds up & closed as it retracts, the clock panel & lower console is still under design & construction but the electro mechanical is done

    I used a window motor & cable drive, I used heavy duty sliders, I used 1/4" bar stock for the mount, welded directly to the main rienfocement bar of the dash, it is good for repeated use & abuse, it'll last for years, when it leaves here I don't want it back with mechanical issues so I over built it, or at least built it strong enough

    I know this has nothing to do with my thread, but it's the reason theres no progress on my own truck, so maybe it's slightly relevent, plus a few fabrication shots never hurt nothin




















    Awesome work there ^^^^, I'm just giving it credit!!!



    Well, I was rereading your thread again. You're an inspiration for all of us! Heh.

    So now I'm beginning to think about installing in my "truck", a Toyota Sequoia. I''m thinking about a Fujitsu slate tablet there, maybe only as a display, maybe as the main computer, but certainly not the only one computer - I have lots of plans for this truck. With the tablet, I'm also thinking of installing it in a way that it can be removed from the car, like the solution above.

    Can you also give me more details on your plans for the console that you eventually scrapped - since I have a huge console too, maybe bigger than the Escalade -- but also what is that drawer made off mainly? A industrial telescopic slide, like this?




    Where can you find stuff like this? If you don't remember, never mind, I understand that., it's been a while!


    Just tell me how's that ST5111 is going. Do you know if you can fit a touchscreen to it while keeping it inside the case?

    If not the Fujitsu - no major updates on the reflective screen since the ST 5111 - ( slates are dead? what about the new Apple Tablet? ). So I'm thinking about a Motion Computing LE1700, F5 or J3400, but the LE1700 can have both touch and active digitizer. Do you know about their screens? Some cool pics here:

    Cheers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Just tell me how's that ST5111 is going. Do you know if you can fit a touchscreen to it while keeping it inside the case?

    If not the Fujitsu - no major updates on the reflective screen since the ST 5111 - ( slates are dead? what about the new Apple Tablet? ). So I'm thinking about a Motion Computing LE1700, F5 or J3400, but the LE1700 can have both touch and active digitizer. Do you know about their screens? Some cool pics here:

    Cheers.


    R. Hurst.

    Not all tablets are dead, infact some new netbook ones have been created, check this one out :

    http://www.archos.com/products/nb/ar...try=gb&lang=en

    Looks promising

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    that j3400 looks sweet, boe hydis 180 deg viewing in a transflective, that's the second screen I used in the montana, awesome screen, best I've ever used...

    I haven't done anything with the new tablet yet, old one is still installed & still going strong, but I've been thinking about swapping out to the new one with a ss drive, probably will before the spring, but right now I'm getting ready for the motor swap, decided on twin turbo's & a haltech ecu... more to come on that

    that slide drawer with power window mechanisim came out sick.. I never put up any completed shots but it's rock solid & is used all the time without any issues, I will show more of it next time I have it here. I made that dual slider track from 2 heavy duty roller drawer slides from home depot, 2 of them togeather is very sturdy & looks to be similar to that industrial unit you showed. I'll try to get you some shots of what I winded up doing with the console for that too...

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    TT setup? Wow...sounds promising, can't wait to see more.

    Yes, please, give us some more details on the slide drawer and the console...I'm about to buy an used console on ebay just so I can tear it apart and see what's best.

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    Hey Turbo, I know your an Alpine head unit fan, as am I. Have you ever heard of the Alpine TME-M860 8'' WVGA PulseTouch Screen?


    FEATURES:

    PulseTouch- Display
    VisualEQ-

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    Screen Size: 8 Widescreen
    LCD Type: Transparent type TN LCD
    Operation System: TFT Active Matrix
    Number of Picture Elements: 1,152,000 pcs. (800 x 480 x 3)
    Effective Number of Picture Elements: 99.99% or more
    I would love to put my Alpine IVA-W200 into the glove box and mount this larger 8" touch screen into the dash and be able to control all my stereo functions including the H700 processor with it. It seems that it is not sold in the US and it is very expensive to get.

    Do you think I could find a nice inexpensive (under$300) 8" lcd screen and then buy a cracked Alpine touch screen cheap just to get the brain unit and then add a 8" touch screen overlay and get it function like the above unit? Or maybe even go 10".
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