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 Post subject: Antec Case Mod Project
PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:40 am 
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I'm gonna blow the cover off Antec 300 midtower

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Armed with power drill and 1/8" drill bit, I remove all of the pesky pop-rivets
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we don't really need this or do we? Ideas are brewing :scratch:
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Top panel ready to lose it's inner core
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Where did it go?!
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Another look w/o the tape
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We started on the cnc milling of the acrylic top panel, this 3/16" thick acrylic, it will hold 2x 120mm fans in the center in single file towards the rear. The 2x 120mm fans will mount beneath the the cover with the fins going over the fan blades.
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Acrylic mounted in KURT vises
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Clear Acylic Block measures 1-1/4" THICK
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:41 am 
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Anyone hungry for CNCed Acrylic Cole Slaw?!
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To our surprise, the acylic milled very nicely with minimal scoring
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Milling heatsink inspired columns
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45 degree radius
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:12 pm 
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looks sweet. BTW, that acrylic is Freakin thick.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:58 pm 
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avanish11 wrote:
looks sweet. BTW, that acrylic is Freakin thick.


indeed! we were pleased how well it has milled tho, the scoring has been minimal :D


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:08 am 
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The Antec 300 doesn't include a window (yet) So I'm making my own window, To draw out your window design, I'll first apply either #2060 Green or #2090 Blue "low tack" painter's tape by Scotch/3M.
You can buy these Home Depot or Ace Hardware stores. You also apply tape so you don't scratch up the panel with the jigsaw's steel guard. I always use a measuring square for windows
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Window corner, but how do you make a curved corner instead?, for inserting U-channel molding later
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For making corners, use a roll of tape! The smaller the roll, the smaller your arc
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Whenever I make a side panel window, I always use a jigsaw with a 18 TPI (teeth per inch) bi-metal cutting blade. I'll make the intial incision for the jigsaw blade with a rotary tool and 1.5" reinforced dremel cutting wheel
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I use a Black & Decker jigsaw with a 18 TPI (teeth per inch) bi-metal cutting blade.
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Window is cut and ready for refinements, ie: clean up the edges and corners
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I'll use a rounded side file for detailing it's straight edges and corners
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Before I install the window
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:08 am 
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The Antec 300 mid tower case could use some new shoes too! I'm installing these machined aluminum Computer Case Feet
The feet include fasteners that are 8/32 x 1-1/4" long screws with #10, 1" O.D. washers. You'll need a power drill with 11/64 drill bit to enlarge the current holes.

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The Antec 300's rubber adhesive feet can be peeled off.
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You may need a flathead screwdriver to help pry them off, but be careful not to scratch the paint!
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Using 11/64 drill bit to enlarge Antec 300 factory made feet holes
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:13 am 
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We finished the acrylic top panel. I just need to polish them up a bit now

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2x 120mm fan holes beneath.
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Nice Job!


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Damn that's sexy!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:52 am 
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Thank you! Comet was the best solution for removing scratches in the acrylic. And it's only .69 cents from Grocery store. The entire process took about 3 hours. I sat at the workbench doing this

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I first use the scouring side of the 3M "scotch brite" pad, then go back over the surface with the sponge for finishing
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for deeper scoring, I used Comet with 400 grit wet/dry 3M automotive sandpaper
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:15 pm 
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I planned on using these Yate Loon 120mm led fans I may mount blue cathode tubes to illuminate it even more

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:18 pm 
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That's some seriously thick acrylic. Great job on the fabrications. Very clean. Good suggestion on the Comet, by the way.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:09 am 
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Thank you, a machinst suggested that, only .69 at cub Foods! :D

A "new" front intake, a piece of 3/16" thick blue translucent acrylic will be provide a back plate mount for a 2x 120mm fan intake grill, that was cnc machined from 6061 aluminum with "MB" for "the mod brothers"

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To support the new intake plate, I'm using the lower 5.25 bay cover, below I'm using DP-190 2 part epoxy to keep it in place permanently, you need to use gloves and smear the 2 part into the crevices (not shown)

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The Antec 300's perforated rear fan grill providea decent airflow, but I prefer using my own grills. You can use a Tin-snips to remove the outter portion of the perforated grill. I prefer a cleaner look, so I marked off an octagon border around the rear exhuast grill.

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1.5" cutting wheel kicking up sparks!
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Hand filing the edges
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1/4" thick aluminum front intake grill in HAAS cnc mill
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Next the grill goes to the plater for ultra cool chrome finish.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:27 am 
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I'm making a notch in the access panel lip to accomondate this 120mm machined aluminum Turbo fan grill First measure out where to cut notch in left access panel, so it clears the panel lip
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Using dremel with re-inforced cutting wheel to cut the notch
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Cleaning the cut with hand file
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:16 am 
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bill this has been such a sweet mod from the beginning, iv been hitting up mod blog now and then... NICE WORK!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:28 am 
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Thank you jacob! Chassis will be painted pearl white flake. Brad (mnpctech's painter) and I are going to sit down and go over his HoK color samples again for the case panels.

Shipped the intake grill, and 2x 5.25 bays to a new plater today. This outfit was recommended to me by a good friend.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:52 am 
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I will be installing a Zalman MFC1 plus fan controller. it's 3/16" thick aluminum bezel and extruded heatsinks have made this controller my all time fav. The faceplate is one of the parts I'm having chrome plated :001_cool:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:39 am 
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Did some preliminary paint color testing yesterday. This is so we have an idea of how it will look before we paint the actual case.

HoK #F22 Royal Blue Flakes
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Mixing cup
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Test piece, heres how the case will look
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:48 am 
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ooooo - pretty!

Very nice!


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