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yeah, you should make a new one based on one of the new cubes, thanks for the update, any screens of the internals??
I'll see what I can do about the internal pics. It was a B*TCH to install everything since the power connector of the DH67CF motherboard is off the side instead of at the back. This ensures that there's literally zero tolerance for the components to fit. Takes a bit of wangling to get everything inside.

So having said that, I'm not too keen on having to disassemble it again... :cry: But will see if I can borrow a decent camera and I might be willing to show you guys the internals ;)

Also, I think the new design weighted companion cube in Portal 2 will be even more difficult to perfect as the glowing rings will ensure that lighting will be a pain in the ass. Getting that massive plane to light up uniformly won't be an easy task - if at all possible in this form factor ;)
 

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hey Zaam, firstly I got to say thanks for some inspiration for the wcc mod. I'm building one of my own at the moment but I have chosen a almost lifesize subwoofer box from portal 2. Your right about the rings, complete pain in the ass or neck should I say after the mammoth amount of soldering I have done. I'll start up a thread for it ;)

I started a thread in the home audio section, you can see some pics there, one of the ring and 4 bars lit up (although the ring draws heaps more than the bars so they didn't light up as strong as they should)


http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2381559&posted=1#post2381559
 
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I'll see what I can do about the internal pics. It was a B*TCH to install everything since the power connector of the DH67CF motherboard is off the side instead of at the back. This ensures that there's literally zero tolerance for the components to fit. Takes a bit of wangling to get everything inside.

So having said that, I'm not too keen on having to disassemble it again... :cry: But will see if I can borrow a decent camera and I might be willing to show you guys the internals ;)

Also, I think the new design weighted companion cube in Portal 2 will be even more difficult to perfect as the glowing rings will ensure that lighting will be a pain in the ass. Getting that massive plane to light up uniformly won't be an easy task - if at all possible in this form factor ;)
where are mah pictures?!
 
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I'm not keen on resurrecting the thread, but for all those people who asked for the SolidWorks model of the cube, I finally found a backup on one of my old harddrives...

The model files can be found below and are licensed under Creative Commons. Please feel free to use and adapt for non-commercial use :D

http://www.anonstorage.net/PStorage/742.zAAm's Weighted Companion Cube PC Mod Model.rar
Is it possible to get your dimension sheets for the cube corners and such? I'd like to start my own project like this one, but based on the Portal 2 cube.
 
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Is it possible to get your dimension sheets for the cube corners and such? I'd like to start my own project like this one, but based on the Portal 2 cube.
All the SLDDRW sheet files are in the archive I posted. You do however need SolidWorks to open them. I don't have it installed atm so I can't give you a rendered copy unfortunately.
 

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All the SLDDRW sheet files are in the archive I posted. You do however need SolidWorks to open them. I don't have it installed atm so I can't give you a rendered copy unfortunately.
Thanks a lot. I'll go find a Solidworks reader :D I just got back from picking up some MDF, happened to carry it already in 6mm!
 
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Thanks a lot. I'll go find a Solidworks reader :D I just got back from picking up some MDF, happened to carry it already in 6mm!
Sure, good luck with the build! And post pictures :toast:
 

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Damn. So the 6mm MDF is right, but the other stuff that I got was 19mm, not 16mm. Apparently they don't sell 16mm MDF here in the states. All I have to choose from is 13mm or 19mm, which means every single calculation for the corners is wrong. I'm terrible at math, or I'd just adjust it all to suit my needs. Any chance you could help me out?
 
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Damn. So the 6mm MDF is right, but the other stuff that I got was 19mm, not 16mm. Apparently they don't sell 16mm MDF here in the states. All I have to choose from is 13mm or 19mm, which means every single calculation for the corners is wrong. I'm terrible at math, or I'd just adjust it all to suit my needs. Any chance you could help me out?
Well, you could always enlarge the entire case by 18.75%. So all measurements must then by multiplied by 1.1875. Or you could use a thickness planer or something to shave off the extra 3mm. This is where you should use your ingenuity and make it work :D
 

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Well, you could always enlarge the entire case by 18.75%. So all measurements must then by multiplied by 1.1875. Or you could use a thickness planer or something to shave off the extra 3mm. This is where you should use your ingenuity and make it work :D
Awesome, thanks for the reply again. I'd rather make it smaller than larger, so I went and grabbed the 13mm thick MDF. Now I simply have to divide all of the dimensions by 1.1875? If so, that'll make my box shrink to just over 6.5 inches, which is what I wanted it to be in the first place :toast:
 

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I finished up today. It's not exactly perfect by any means, but it's good enough for my tastes. I don't have many pictures of the progress like you've got, but here's the finished thing:

This one is the top.


This is the top (facing the camera) and the back panel connectors.


It's got an internal battery and charge controller, the big black connector on the back is for a solar panel to plug in and charge the battery, and the computer inside of it will run off of the battery. As you can tell from the logo, it'll house a Raspberry Pi. Because of this, I've decided to dub it the "Com-Pi-nion Cube"

Thanks again for the help, zAAm. Couldn't have done it without you!
 
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I always try and compliment people on their modded cases and all the hard work that must of gone into making something like this. zAAm.....awesome job man! that little case is extremely well thought out and it turned out really cool!

p.s.....1337 : Not to shabby man! Both you and zAAm built something I could only imagine. Great job!
 
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Thanks Clubber_Lang :toast:

@1337chaos: It looks pretty good. I like the fact that it'll house a Raspberry Pi ;)
 

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Really nice work!
care to show the internals?
 

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I'm not keen on resurrecting the thread, but for all those people who asked for the SolidWorks model of the cube, I finally found a backup on one of my old harddrives...

The model files can be found below and are licensed under Creative Commons. Please feel free to use and adapt for non-commercial use :D

http://www.anonstorage.net/PStorage/742.zAAm's Weighted Companion Cube PC Mod Model.rar
hi, i'm actually new to this and i was planning to make the companion cube with my friend later this summer. i just came across your thread and it really helped out my planning to make the cube with my friend. the problem is... we dont know what the dimensions are for the corner/edge pieces. after reading your posts i just came across this link! sad thing is... it looks like the site is down... i was wondering if you still have the files for this and can upload it to another site. :<
 
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hi, i'm actually new to this and i was planning to make the companion cube with my friend later this summer. i just came across your thread and it really helped out my planning to make the cube with my friend. the problem is... we dont know what the dimensions are for the corner/edge pieces. after reading your posts i just came across this link! sad thing is... it looks like the site is down... i was wondering if you still have the files for this and can upload it to another site. :<
Hi!

Sure, here's a more reliable link:

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?k1ff8elkjcjtuej

Happy modding ;)