Stage 3. Managing parts.
In the previous two parts of
the worklog we described only 50% of our laboratory experiments – design
development and carcass creation for the project. The other 50% is finishing the
parts to the final stage. The first thing we need to do is provide all the
devices with connectivity to the outer world, in other words – cut the windows
in the bin for external device connectors on the mobo and for access ton the
DVD-ROM and rheobus.
Cutting windows in and of
itself doesn’t create any real problem – cutting pliers do their work fast
and accurately, but here comes a big problem; what should we do with edges of
The edges are very sharp, and
looks like barbed wire. The first idea that came across our collective mind was
to put molding on the edges, but the rubber one looks, to put it mildly,
not very inspirational. If we use the metallic molding it will be too hard to
work with... anyway, using molding means we will have a meeting-point in a
contour that doesn’t look pretty. The solution was found – we made sandwich
out of soft plastic, it is 1mm (1/25”) thick and red colored.
This kind of design is often
used by beginners to hide defects of cuttings, but they usually use mirrored
plexi. Sandwiching is two equal parts placed on opposite sides of the bin wall
and then tightened it all down with screw-bolts. This completely solves the “barbed
wire” problem and blends nicely with the whole design.
The last thing we need to work on is the top
cover of our bin. At this moment it is simply transparent, so it is not very
original. Besides we can see the HDD thru the cover with its annoying sticker.
According to our plan, RYC will be placed on the floor near the desktop where
recycle bins are usually located, so the top will be seen mostly. In this
situation the top cover is the best place for putting a logo on that will partly
hide the HDD in its turn. The “Recycle” logo made of the same red plastic
and will be stickied to the lid with double-sided scotch tape.
I associate (for some reason)
the word “Recycle” with storing and recycling of nuclear garbage. In many
Hollywood movies that have nuclear fuel in its plot it is represented as a
spherical or cylindrical capsule. Removal of which is always accompanied with
vapor discharge and sounds of some kind of hydraulic system. The interior of our
RYC project looks just like such a kind of capsule made of plexi. For finishing
work it is needed to attach handles that will ease carrying and give the
possibility to extract “nuclear fuel” from the bin.
The order of the day is the most unpleasant thing –
soldering wires for LEDs, buttons and the VFD, and wrapping it all with
Project “Recycle your computer” is 90% completed, the
only thing left is fine tuning and then starting up the system.
Part 4. Final Result
RYC project is 90% completed.
What's left is the least interesting of all, soldering the buttons and VFD wires
so that it is possible to fully enjoy the finished project and try it in action.
There's nothing special to say about soldering though so I will briefly describe
some VFD management ;) because it's the only thing that can be of interest.
Our VFD will be plugged in LPT-port.
I will solder needles to the board of the display, then connect a plug to the
LPT-cable. You can see it on the pic below. It allows to quickly and easily
connect/disconnect wire and display.
This is how project looked
after the work was done.
BeWize and Yamakasi planned to
participate with their RYC project in modding-contest that held in Kiev 10-12
December 2004, but they were not 100% sure about it. But when the work was done
there was no doubt that they would. The project came out exactly like what they
wanted - interesting, qualitative, thought-out and stylish.
Project RYC: Recycle Your
Computer took 1st place on this contest. Thus, ProModz studio holds the title
for The most beautiful PC of CIS for the second year one after another.
- Work log by BeWize, Translated by