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 Post subject: Project: Weighted Companion Cube
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:32 am 
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I was looking for a project and a friend was looking for a media PC to go with their soon to be home theater, of course the most logical case was the beloved Weighted Companion Cube. I took an old broken eMachine mATX case and pulled the motherboard tray and daughter card plate so I could mount my motherboard securely. The case is made from ¼ in HDPE plastic sheets cut and glued together as needed. The box is 12 x 12 square not counting the extra ¾ of and inch for each corner. To achieve the correct thickness at the corners and side pieces there was a lot of gluing and cutting, and a scroll saw was used to make the rounded cuts. I wanted to make the BLU-RAY player easily accessible so the front round heart plate is held securely by embedded refrigerator magnets for easy removal. The round heart plates are made from ¼ inch clear Plexiglas for two reasons; it is very hard and will hold up to repeatedly removing the front to access the BLU-RAY and the side pieces have the hard drive access and power light built into them. They glow a bit but not an annoying amount. I finished the surface with 5 coats of Krylon Fusion Hammered Steel spray paint; Fusion Black for the box and Fusion Silver for the rest. This gave it a nice mechanical feel, even though the colors depart from the original a bit. The pink lines and hearts are hand painted acrylic. I am very pleased with the end result the plastics are heavy so the total weight is around 40lbs, so it is defiantly weighted. I have done case mods in the past but never one from scratch.

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EVGA e-7150/630i nForce Socket 775 Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4Ghz Socket 775
Crucial Ballistix 1024MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Diamond TV Wonder 650 Combo PCI-e
Microsoft Media Center IR with Remote.
Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000
Pioneer BDC-2202B BLU-RAY
Western Digital Caviar SE 500GB

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Finished Product

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My color and size referances.

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Plastic cut up before glue

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Test fitting the try, trying to figure out power supply and BLU-RAY placment.

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Still thinking.

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Some more test fitting.

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Post and Pre corner cuts.

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Back view in progress

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Down view in progress. I switched to a shorter CPU fan to make it all fit.

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Cutting the circular cuts on the edge pieces.

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What a mess!

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I used imbedded magnets in the box and in the circular heart piece to cover up the try. Works great.

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All pieces just before finishing.

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All done, close up. I was not going for perfection, I wanted flaws.

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Here is the back.

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Top Open showing how to service the unit.

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Finally my top down finished box. I didn't really care about the inside, it's all covered up.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:57 am 
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:shock: can I buy one? :shock: :shock: :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:54 pm 
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travb1999 wrote:
:shock: can I buy one? :shock: :shock: :shock:


Funny, everyone that I have shown this to wants one. This actually took a long time to do and wasn't cheap. I would consider it if the price was right.


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That looks freakin sweet :D


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now thats some serious geek cred right there

also how do you open the disk drive? wheres the button? could you show a pic with the drive open?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:10 am 
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Gailim wrote:
now thats some serious geek cred right there

also how do you open the disk drive? wheres the button? could you show a pic with the drive open?


Sorry I already gave it to my buddy, but I will ask him to take a pic, but what I did was have the front 5.5in round heart just held on by magnets. Fits nice and snug, when you remove it there is a hole that I drilled just in front of the switch where I placed a plunger that will press on the button.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:30 am 
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Looks really friggin nice, hope it hasn't started talking to you yet. :lol: I'm just starting to get into case modding so you'll have to forgive me, what are the white pieces you used for the corners? it looks like plastic but i'm just checking. Where did you get the plastic from and for how much?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:54 am 
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linkmaster6 wrote:
Looks really friggin nice, hope it hasn't started talking to you yet. :lol: I'm just starting to get into case modding so you'll have to forgive me, what are the white pieces you used for the corners? it looks like plastic but i'm just checking. Where did you get the plastic from and for how much?


The material for the entire project is http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/1ZAT5 This is a high density plastic sheet. All pieces swer cut and clued together to make them thicker as needed.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:05 am 
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108 bucks a sheet? wow


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That looks awesome, Great Job. Portal is one of my all time favorite games. How well does the CD drive do with all that weight on the end of the tray?

Great Job.


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Thanks for all the pics. I'm not handy enough to ever try something that ambitious, but it's really interesting to see how it's done. And that is the most awesome case I've ever seen. You gave it to a buddy? He owes you big!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:59 am 
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soggy wrote:
That looks awesome, Great Job. Portal is one of my all time favorite games. How well does the CD drive do with all that weight on the end of the tray?

Great Job.


soggy the front circle is held on by magnets, and I just remove it and set it aside when I want to get to the DVD. I did not install it on the DVD drive.

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better than most botch-jobs iv seen, that one actually looks SWEET 8)


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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 6:57 am 
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The companion cube!

This is probably my favorite mod from one of the best damn games ever.
Awesome job!


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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 8:29 pm 
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Totally awesome case mod. I'm thinking summer project here.

Is there any way to make those cuts without a scroll saw?

How much HDPE material did you use total?

I'm thinking I might try plywood instead...Is there any other substitue for the HDPE material, as it seems to be extremely expensive?

Edit: Does everything stay pretty cool too? It looks as if there's not much airflow...


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Great work! It's just too bad that you must now euthanize it in the emergency intelligence incinerator.


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d00der :shock: Is the one that was featured in the magazine?


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Since someone else has dredged this thread up out of the grave, I've a question:

how bad was shipping on that sheet? Call me crazy, but I'm guessing they can't just drop a 4' x 8' sheet of anything into a mailbox.


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probably ups or the mailman left it on his doorstop


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 2:32 pm 
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I went and picked it up at McMaster Carr. I'm sure the shipping would be high.

And yes I made the Mod of the Month, Yea Me.


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