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 Post subject: NZXT KHAOS CASE MOD "BIO-MECHANICAL"
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:49 am 
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Hey gang, Mnpctech is doing another mod project.

This time it's a bio-mechanical theme with the NZXT Khaos. I ordered this medical model skull as my starting point. Heres my Video Dissection of the NZXT Khaos


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I ordered this medical model skull as my starting point
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I contacted NZXT about getting another HD cage (shown here)
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Heres the entire bay assembly removed from the chassis.
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Everything will grow out from the skull, it's my starting point for everything morphing out. This is the housing from a small motor I found. I love the design. The skull will be hosting the system Power & Reset switches (22mm & 16mm lamptron vandal switches, w/orange leds) The mounting plate I made (below) attaches to the upper half of the skull.

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I'll be implementing a lot of plastic wire loom, heres 1" loom inserted up the nose, HR GIGER style :D
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Adding more mechanical details to the skull, 1/8" Black opaque acrylic will serve as skull plate
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Holding over heat gun
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After the acrylic is flexible, I can bend it to follow the curvature of it's forehead
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8/32 socket head screws fasten on the skull plate
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:43 pm 
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Is this a different mod than the BioMechanical mod you posted about in this thread?
http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtop ... 6&start=20


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:11 am 
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It look very different already, the original doesn't have the acrylic band on the forehead for starters..


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:06 pm 
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Yes, this is new and different project, much bigger this time :D

The new 120mm intakes are finished, cnc milled from 1-1/4" thick, 6061 aluminum. 6.5" O.D.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:16 pm 
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The machined aluminum 120mm intakes, with fresh matte black paint.. love it

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whats this hole for?
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Ohhh... it's for the ribbed plastic loom.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:21 pm 
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sweet. How much did the aluminum cost for those?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:26 pm 
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avanish11 wrote:
sweet. How much did the aluminum cost for those?
CNC. If not in house (and who has a Hurco CNC in the garage?) is about $45 an hour for a non-friend, pay material and give the plot to a friend with a case of beer. Just keep in mind that case of beer gets expensive if your buddy's endmill hits the table from a bad z-plot...or the vise.

The Aluminum stock can really be cheap surprisingly. Steel is the thing that's getting more expensive than gold. I bought a 20' section of DOM tubing that was over $300 when it was less than $100 3 years ago. A chunk of generic Aluminum isn't that bad. Start asking for other grades of alloy and you start talking bucks. A chunk for a fan duct isn't that bad though. It's just having the CNC around that makes the part.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:44 pm 
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I think that MNPC have their own CNC machine. They milled some acrylic for an Antec 300 mod a little while ago.

My friend at another forum was going to mill an aluminum shell for a custom built "laptop." I put quotes around the laptop, because it's over 3 inches thick, and it weighs about 30 pounds.

Anyways, he said that a block of Aluminum 16"x22"x4" costs $600. :shock:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:29 pm 
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avanish11 wrote:
Anyways, he said that a block of Aluminum 16"x22"x4" costs $600. :shock:
That's a nice chunk of alloy though and is expected in my own mind. I bought less material for much much more for it's size. It's just odd living in a world where steel is actually expensive. Start them Pittsburgh/Cleveland foundries back up if this is the way it is.

Not to harp, but we see a price hike for both alloy and steel during China's building of Olympic buildings.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:49 am 
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We own a HAAS 5 axis mill and lathe. This is how we make the billet case parts, ie handles, grills and feet we sell in our webstore.

So, Ive got 2 chieftec dragon carcuses, but both are missing the 5.25 plastic drive rail brackets. I planned to rig up the optical in the top to slide out from within scuplted top panel. I'll have to keep hunting or devise another bracket system.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:00 am 
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Pre-fitting skull and intake covers.. The skull will be painted matte black, I'm still working on detailing the skull, so it will be awhile before I paint it.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:15 am 
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Lookin' pretty cool so far.. should be interesting to see how this develops, since I don't have a clue where this is going yet!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:02 pm 
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Hell ya. The skull keeps having me think of "Eddie" though.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:22 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:07 am 
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Thanks guys!, once I finish sculpting more details on the skull, it will be painted and blend in more to the theme


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:44 pm 
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I started with the skull today, adding mechanical aspects, like these vented and screw joints.

I will dremel details in these sculpted parts, 24 hrs after Magic Sculpt has fully cured

Small pan head machine screws
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It only takes a few drops of water to smooth the surface of Magic Sculpt
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Hex Nut with tooth washer doubles as port for plastic wire loom
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:44 pm 
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double post


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:01 am 
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Dude, u double-posted, but nice work so far. Always liked your stuff, except for the Ghost Rider mod. I liked the movie more, and that doesn't go for much (I'm a big GR fan, btw). I did learn, however, from your videos and pix. Thx, and keep it up.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:34 pm 
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My apologies!

Back to the bench for this project today, Black Plastic loom in (1/4" and 1/2" diameter) will be embedded and intertwined throughout the bezel and top panel. The entire skull will be painted matte black

I love this painting, Giger's landshaft XIX
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:51 am 
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This is gonna be one freaky mod!


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