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Project JDM | ITX scratch build!

Project JDM

So its finally time to start on a new build log this time of a project i call "JDM". The core inspiration of the project was Japanese styled drift cars hens the radiator with outwards mounted ports to illustrate a oil cooler. And the other big small thing that is that i wanted it to be in mini-ITX format. So after a few weeks of thinking i decided to go with a tube frame to keep it true to the theme. Here are some of the renders i made after some designing in Fusion 360. Also big thanks to Alphacool, Bequiet and Teamgroupe for helping out with the hardware.

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First update to start things off.

 

One of the first obstacles i encountered was the corner pieces. I had a few options but after some thinking i decided to make some custom 3D-printed parts for the job.

These are the 2 versions I made but I ended up going for the simpler design.

 

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First print turned out great!

 

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Removing the support material.

 

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More metal work.

 

Making the support for the front radiator.

 

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I made a bracket from wood to make the welding a bit easier.

 

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Ready to start welding.

 

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This is what it looked like with no clean up and still 2 pieces left to go.

 

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Now lets clean it up a bit.

 

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Ive seen this mod around! :)  Good to see some progress finally... Those plastic printed joiners seen to taken the heat from welding pretty good!   

Cant wait for more :)

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More work on the front.

 

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I applied a light coat of primer to make it easier to see imperfections.

 

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Still need to glue the bottom piece together.

 

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More 3D printing and plastic parts

 

I made a small bracket for the start button which in this case will be a real key.

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Next upp is the part that connects the plexi tubes to the frame. You might ask why i didn't just go with metal tubes and the reason for that is LED's :D but more on that later.

 

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I still had to make some kind of motherboard mount so thats what i did.

 

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There is also some other stuff i am working on like gpu braket, a good way to mount the rear fans and a psu mount. But yeah its mostly small stuff left on the fram.

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1 hour ago, Cheapskate said:

Cool. I wish I had room for a welder. You can't just set up on the driveway and flash the neighbors here. :(

I find it hard to believe that no flashing happens in your neighborhood :P

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Its getting there!

 

So time for an update, currently just have some sleeving and finale Assembly left so should be coming together soonish.

I wanted some lighting effects but still didn't want any thing to flashy so i decided to integrating the leds there into the plexi tubes under neat the motherboard which i think turned out really nicely.

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I also made made the supports for rear 80mm fan, psu and some case feet.

 

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Some test fitting before painting.

 

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Ready for some paint.

 

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Some days later i masked of the painted parts and made the rest glossy white

 

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And ofc some pictures after it was all painted :D

 

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On 1/10/2018 at 8:23 PM, floatingtrem said:

lookin' rad!

 

On 1/11/2018 at 4:57 PM, Bill Owen said:

lookin good!

 

On 1/10/2018 at 9:49 PM, Mosquito said:

I like the indirect lighting concept.  This thing is looking pretty cool!

Thanks :laugh:

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