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Topic Title: Project: Redwood -by ZapWizard
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Created On: 01/11/2005 12:49 PM
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 01/19/2005 01:39 AM
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Lookin good, Zap.

Oh, and what program do you use for the renders again?








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 01/20/2005 02:32 PM
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is there any tutorials on this program

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 01/20/2005 03:46 PM
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Decided on a power supply yet?

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 01/20/2005 03:53 PM
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Look about 6 posts up.

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 01/23/2005 06:26 PM
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When I grow up, I want to be ZapWizard.

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Thank you...thank you very much. Now where's my fried peanut butter and banana sandwich?
 01/25/2005 11:20 AM
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Update time:

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Here is my semi-final design for the project:



http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla...ns/render-1.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje...ood/plans/render-1.jpg
http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla...ns/render-2.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje...ood/plans/render-2.jpg
http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla...ns/render-3.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje...ood/plans/render-3.jpg
http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla...ns/render-4.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje...ood/plans/render-4.jpg
http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla...ns/render-5.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje...ood/plans/render-5.jpg
http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla...ns/render-6.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje...ood/plans/render-6.jpg


http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla...Render-Guts.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../plans/Render-Guts.jpg
http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla.../Render-Top.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje...d/plans/Render-Top.jpg

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What I want is 99% of the electronics mounted to a piece of wood that is connected to a drawer rail.
The rails will allow me to pull the PC out of the front and work on it as needed, then push it back in. The rails locks in both the closed and open position and doesn't open on it's own.

I have created a air outlet chamber for the radiator, that passes through the PSU, eliminating the fans in the PSU.
I also changed the fan in to a better "Pull" position, rather then "push"

The 80mm fan at the back will spin at low speed, just enough to pass air over the DDR and MB power regulators.
The extra holes near the GPU will allow for airflow over the GPU memory and regulators.

The green PCB's at the front will be for the wireless receivers for my keyboard and MX1000. Along with light and button electronics.

I hope to make the wood areas seemless, almost as if they are made of once piece, including the acrylic.

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Faceplate:
The faceplate will have a Matrix Orbital Red LCD, behind acrylic
(The faceplate will not be mounted to the front, but the movable part of the PC)
There are 8 decorative light points that will be provided via fiber optics.
There are 5 lights on the front, three will function as buttons:

NIC activity
DVD Activity and Eject
Power light and On/Off
Harddrive activity and system lights On/Off
WIFI Activity

Lastly the slot for the slot-load DVD drive.

I will be using QProx touch sensative IC's to power the switches, there won't be any physical movement.

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 01/26/2005 08:41 PM
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all ican say is...nioce

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 01/27/2005 11:50 PM
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I have updated the images, the biggest key difference is I finished the front PCB design, and visualized it in the rendering.



http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla...Render-Guts.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../plans/Render-Guts.jpg



It took about 8 hours and 3 revisions before I was satisfied with the front PCB.
The PCB is single sided with only one jumper wire.

The PCB houses 100% of the electronics needed for the front display, and will have connections for internal light arrays.

I hope to make the PCB using the Epson 2100 printer at my parents house. It can print labels on to solid flat surfaces up to 1.3mm thick.
It's meant for use on DVDs or thick cards, but I hope that it will work to print the pattern directly onto the 9mm thick PCB without a transfer.

The touch contacts will be 1/4" copper slugs. A screw from the back will secure them to the PCB.
I will work in a securing bracket to secure the top of the PCB.

I also added the motherboard connections, and rear-handles.
(Previous images show the changes)

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 01/28/2005 02:17 AM
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An extra bit of design for the night.
A mousepad



http://www.zapwizard.com/proje.../pla...er-Mousepad.jpg' ">http://www.zapwizard.com/proje...ns/Render-Mousepad.jpg

Normaly polished woodgrain is bad for optical mice, but I will be using a MX1000, which says it works on polished woodgrain surfaces.
(The mouse in the image is just for size reference)
I decided to design a matching mousepad for the system.
Since the keyboard and mouse are both wireless I won't be making a glow-pad.
After measureing the dimensions on a standard mouse pad I noticed they were very close my case's faceplate size.
Then insparation hit, make the mousepad the same size as the faceplate.

What I will do is inset four magnets into the mousepad, and four matching magnets behind the faceplate. (No danger to the PC folks)
I will then had a detachable faceplate cover that doubles as a mouse pad.

I will need to find a wood surfacer that can take the riggors of gaming on the surface. (And a lot of pledge wipes)

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 02/02/2005 11:21 AM
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Well I just put a nice chuck on cash into the project:

I ordered a slim-line slot-load, DVD burner.
The bonus, it's Dual-layer. Just about the most advanced laptop burner out there.

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/vie...x?sc...riteria=AA32760' ">http://www.mwave.com/mwave/vie....hmx?scriteria=AA32760

Granted $120 for that drive is a steal compared to other retailers.
I probably won't use it too much, as I already have a pioneer dual layer burner in my Home Theatre PC, but since this project will be my main PC I want to have the option to edit movies and burn them without transfering the files over the network to my HTPC.

Also this will probably be the 10th Pioneer PC DVD product I have owned, they hold up great.

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 02/11/2005 02:03 PM
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Amen to that!

I really like the Pioneer's... I wish they would not have stopped on the full sized models though.

Lookin good Zap!
Mighty fine!
 02/11/2005 02:43 PM
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QUOTE (ZapWizard @ Feb 2 2005, 10:21 AM) Well I just put a nice chuck on cash into the project:

I ordered a slim-line slot-load, DVD burner.
The bonus, it's Dual-layer. Just about the most advanced laptop burner out there.

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/vie...x?sc...riteria=AA32760' ">http://www.mwave.com/mwave/vie....hmx?scriteria=AA32760

Granted $120 for that drive is a steal compared to other retailers.
I probably won't use it too much, as I already have a pioneer dual layer burner in my Home Theatre PC, but since this project will be my main PC I want to have the option to edit movies and burn them without transfering the files over the network to my HTPC.

Also this will probably be the 10th Pioneer PC DVD product I have owned, they hold up great.
Nice drive.....I like that. I wish they would make a regular size slot load DVD burner (or do they already?)

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 02/11/2005 03:22 PM
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Do NOT buy form mWave.com

I ordered that drive on Feb 1st
They verified the order on Feb 2nd
Charged my credit card on the 5th
Discontinued the product on the 10th
And have shipped me absolutly nothing.

(They are trying to track down my "Reserved product", ya right)

I have quite a few more updates, that I will post when I get more time.

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