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Maximum PC has a presence at Comic-Con every year as an outreach opportunity—to let the hardcore comics and sci-fi fans know that PC enthusiasm goes hand-in-hand with that kind of fandom. This year we’re using our booth as an opportunity to show the fans at Comic-Con how awesome a great case-mod can be and how PC geekery and sci-fi enthusiasm can meet in a beautiful way. So we’ve hired the best guys in the business to design and build an awesome Star Trek-themed PC, and we’ll be giving one away at Comic-Con and the other one will go to David Gerrold in exchange for some writing he’s doing for us in relation to Comic-Con. - Nathan Edwards, Senior Associate Editor
Conceptual Designer: Mike Okuda is graphic designer who has worked on Star Trek series since the 1980s and is responsible for much of its visual style, including the LCARS interface as seen on Next Generation.
Matt Jefferie's original design of the Tricorder served as Mike's inspiration for styling cues on the "Tricorder Chic" computer case design. We could have scratch built a PC that looked just like the Tricorder, but David wanted an actual computer case instead with specific utilitarian features like hot swap bays and a compartment for his Tribbles.
3D design of "Tricorder Chic" by Dave LaLopa
Top panel and storage compartment
Top panel will be milled from 2" thick 6061 aluminum
This Lancool K-58, manufactured by Lian Li will sacrifice it's chassis to this project.
Lancool K-58 chassis will be painted Matte Black Enamel.
Using Rounded side hand file to smooth the cut edges.
Using 3M Red Scotch-Brite pad to scuff the surface in preparation for Primer base coat.
Lancool K58 chassis painted Matte Black Enamel (1 for david, 1 for comic-con)
Machined aluminum PC and computer case feet
Machined aluminum computer case feet with grooved edges.
Machined Aluminum PC Case Feet
Order Black anodized PC Case thumbscrews
Order Black PSU and fan wires cable sleeve kit
Order PC Chassis Cable & Wire Management Grommets
The aluminum feet are machined on CNC Lathe, http://mnpctech.com/...-case-feet.html
The bare aluminum is nice contrast to the Matte Black.
Order PC Cooling Fan Screws will be used in conjunction with fan silencing rubber grommets
#10 x 5/8" Black Oxide Fan Screw inserted in rubber grommet
Lian Li Tool-Less PCI Card Holder, 7 x PCI Holder. Works with many Lian Li cases or other modified cases. Specifications: Tool-Less PCI Card Holder, 7 x PCI Holder. Designed for Most of Lian Li Cases. Dimension (W)70mm x (H)145mm x (D)30mm
Worked on the side panel pre-assembly today> The inner wall of the steel panel needs to be painted Black.
Updated 6/22/11, http://forums.bit-te...t=210616&page=5
The first of 2 lower half of the front bezel is finished. Next step is making the upper half and the compartment door covers.
I'll be sleeving the Sentry this Silverstone FP34S Premium 3.5inch Bay Card Reader & Front I/O combo module with our Black PSU and fan wires cable sleeve kit for everything. (8 mil PolyEthylene Terepthalate (PET) monofilament yarns)
Finished the front Hot Swap bay compartment doors last night. These will be hinged with 1/8" rod. The 1/8" Opaque Red acrylic plates will attach to the back side of the door. Still need to make door handles.
still need to make upper half of bezel, top panel, front grill, emblem and david's name plate.
Surething, doing those this afternoon. I did finish the side panel inlays last night
the Mill has a Belly ache....
Here is the entire front bezel assembly. The Silverstone FP34S Premium 3.5inch Bay Card Reader & Front I/O combo module mounts at 45 degree angle in the top panel. It's held in place with m3 set screws, inserted into countersunk holes on each side of the top panel. David chose this model mainly for it's card reader and headphone jack. It's from performance-pcs will be mounted in the new top panel.
we took time out to create Corsair c70 Vengeance replacement windows here,
Upper portion of the front bezel attaches to the top panel with "key" style fasteners for 8/32 machine screws..
David's signature name plate..
hey guys! :D/> 1st one arrived safely to Maximum PC Magazine's offices today... will ship 2nd with tribbles on Monday.. Here are final photos of 1st one before packing it.