[Build Log] -Aurora Cubes- A RGB 3D Printed Case by 8-Bit Builder

thorkon

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Hello and welcome to my newest build :)


I've been modding for 10 years now and usually my themes are of a pixelated design. This mod is named Aurora Cubes as the case will be built to look like it's made out of hundreds of cubes that each have a LED and will pattened lighting effects. It will be quite a light show (I hope!). I will be 3D printing this case and expect to use about 6 lbs of plastic to make. Here are a few designs so you can visualize the project.

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My sponsors for this mod
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Components
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X HERO WI-FI
ASUS GTX 1070 STRIX

TEAMGROUP T-FORCE Delta RGB 16gb DDR4 RAM
TEAMGROUP T-FORCE Delta RGB 250gb SSD

Raidmax NV-R120B RGB FANS (5)

CPU undecided
Heatsink undecided


Heres a few photos of my previous work:
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I'll be back soon with some progress of printing and programming!
 

thorkon

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Back with some new progress now that I've printed a few sections out. Having some stringing issue due to a mod I put on the printer so I've been troubleshooting it but still giiving some issues.

THE STRINGINGGGGG
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Fix'd after some easy cleanup

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Next issue was the this tall section having a weak stability

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Nothing a little 3d pen cant fix. This section will be strengthened once the whole frame comes together.
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And heres the base being clamped together. Its a bit bigger than I expected honestly but not an issue. I'll be back with the rest of the frame coming together.
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thorkon

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Going to be some rapid updates as I move into finising printing most of pieces now. I've ran into a few issues...

Spaghetti monster, colorized
What happened: I was printing 3 pieces but the 3rd piece dislodged from the printbed and began printing in the air. Luckily the 2 pieces were easily salvageable and cleaned up for use.
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This is the top in sections. Will house a 120mm fan, a usb hub and a power button.
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This is the window section of the case. I'll be adding plexiglass to it last. Still brainstorming ideas on how to have the glass removable while still looking nice.
 

thorkon

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Just about the whole body done.

These are the MoBo mounts:
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The front with the fan placements about to go in:

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Top fan:
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thorkon

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The equipment!

ASUS MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC)

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ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1070 STRIX

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TEAM GROUP T-FORCE DELTA RGB DDR4 GAMING MEMORY 16 GB
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TEAM GROUP T-FORCE DELTA SSD
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thorkon

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I got caught up with Halloween costumes and waiting on a few pc components for the build. This is going to be a big post to catch up!

After doing some testing, I ran into an issue where the light wasn't being diffused as great as I wanted. I ended up sanding the case to rough up the texture to help even out the leds.
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Hard to see sanding on transparent plastic so just this one photo of it outside
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Light test (gif embedding doesn't work, so heres a link of the lights)
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My work area for all the wiring and soldering
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Did this about 100 times. Pre-tinned the wires
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Installing the LED strips
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I was using this setup to test the lights as I went to make sure my solder skills were working
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Sparkly test
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Wiring so each can be removed individually if needed]
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Wires before cleanup
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Baby approved lighting test
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I'm onto installing the pc components and cleaning up wiring. Shouldn't be long until I'm finished with a nice setup. Still need to program a few different things on the lighting though so that will be an interesting challenge.
 

thorkon

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After doing some math I decided to get the lights their own PSU. Here it is:

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And after some handy dandy hiding magic...

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The power button is going to be installed in the top near the usb hub
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All the components!

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All the wires!

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Starting to hide the wires behind the mobo

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From here its going to be the finished photos!
 
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