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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/09 19:28:30 (permalink)
Wow! Unbelievable great work! what's next ? build your own motherboard?

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/10 07:23:03 (permalink)
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Hmmmm...I'm wondering if I should have used the washers on the front of the board instead (between the board and the waterblocks). They appear to be about the right thickness.

I got plenty of them, so let me know if u need some.  I can order you a box of them ;)

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/10 07:39:29 (permalink)
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Wow! Unbelievable great work! what's next ? build your own motherboard?

heh... thanks!  not quite, but if u need something built, let me know.
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/10 08:25:47 (permalink)
Amazing job again Nate. You X58 Micro block is still doing good on my mobo. Thanks.

 
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/23 17:46:30 (permalink)
hmmm... I think this is my very first post on here...but had to chime in and let you know what an amazing job!!  I just spent last weekend locked in my neighbors garage teaching myself the software for his Shark Pro Mill that he bought a year ago and has not been able to use as he is a little bit computer illiterate.  I on the other hand am Machine illiterate.  So.... after teaching myself how to use the software, I was able to show him how to use his own machine.   This was all in wood mind you, but this little unit has the abilities to do any "soft" material including copper and aluminum.  I have a very great appreciation for the extremely huge amount of time you have pu into your work Nate!!  PM is coming shortly as I would like to place my order for the next round of blocks....
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/24 13:38:28 (permalink)
Hi! Are you still selling these blocks? I can't find any of the other brands anywhere now haha :(. How much ;)?
 
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/24 15:13:42 (permalink)
Id just get an SR2, just to have ur pretty copper Nate!!!!!!

 
 
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/24 16:34:19 (permalink)
BRAVO NATE, you have come a long way man
 


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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/24 21:19:30 (permalink)
Thanks again gents.  I plan to get lots done on my machine this weekend.  Once its back up and running... I am back in business. 
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/24 22:21:15 (permalink)
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Thanks again gents.  I plan to get lots done on my machine this weekend.  Once its back up and running... I am back in business. 

Happy Thanksgiving all
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/26 07:58:02 (permalink)
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Happy Thanksgiving all
Awesome grats on getting back up and running! Let me know when ready to begin again on the CPU project.

Not there yet, but getting there.  I finally have all the parts, I am just finishing the concrete enclosure.  Then to reassemble the machine.
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/29 07:44:39 (permalink)
Finally some pictures:
The drain in the poured (scooped) concrete before painting:

 
 
Now the painted structure:

The metal frame is bolted through everything.  The concrete was painted to A: created a sort of seal for the concrete, B: make it slightly easier on the eye then plain concrete.
 
The whole of everything will then be coated in fiberglass resin (just the resin, without the fiberglass).  That will 100% seal everything from the liquid oil bath (hopefully if I don't miss any spots), and protect the concrete from any chips, and allow for easy clean up.  Mostly looking for the waterproof capabilities of the resin though.

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/29 16:35:31 (permalink)
looks great cant wait for your newest videos!

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/29 16:40:46 (permalink)
I think I am going to die, I just mixed and coated the entire structure with almost an entire gallon of resin.
 
The fumes are going to smell up the house for years to come.
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/29 21:18:07 (permalink)
lol, good luck with that! hope you ventilate it, the fumes can be flamible depending on the type of resin. will also kill birds rapidly.
 
concrete takes roughly 28 days for a 4" slab to cure. if you seal it before fully cured you may encounter moisture release bubbles. is the under side(bench side) sealed as well? if not it should allow moisture to escape wile curing.
 
hope to get back to computer stuff soon. Ive been busy rebuilding houses lately. Anyway, looks like progress! can't wait to hear you are back in production.
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/11/30 06:20:46 (permalink)
I sealed the bottom that the concrete is sitting in, so that if liquid made it through my initial layers, the buck would stop there so to speak. 
I am having the most problem with the paint:

The resin in liquid form was beginning to eat the oil based paint.  I am solving the problem by DOUSING the entire structure in resin.  As long as the resin wins the fight all will be ok.  The idea is waterproof, thats it.  One solid shell of resin will be waterproof, so I don't care what kind of bond is going on, nor do I care about the appearance.  It will be covered in metal chips within the first few days of operation.
(the leftover resin shell from the bucket, with an inch of oil coolant cutting fluid just to show its waterproof)

 
 
Everything is a lesson learned.  Should have applied the resin directly to the concrete, and then painted the resin (if I cared that much).  Lesson learned for the larger machine build. 

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/01 21:57:31 (permalink)

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/02 06:43:48 (permalink)
Grats on your resin working ;) And it looks like you nearly got the drain angle perfect too only minor puddles seam to want to stand. Nice job i'll have to have you send me instructions so i can copy it in  a few years ;)

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/02 06:54:56 (permalink)
The drain angle is pure luck.  I was pretty generous with the concrete on the ends so the angle is decent.  Very few "standing" water spots, but the resin pooled in some area's.  Either way the results were very encouraging for use on the large machine build.  I think I will really pull out the old resin playbook for that one.  I haven't picked up a can of resin in years.  Not since my old car stereo days making fancy enclosures and amp racks and all that good stuff. 
 
I was actually most impressed with the application of the sand and epoxy mix.  Always wondered how that would work, and it worked like a charm.  2 parts sand, 1 part resin.
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/08 06:59:15 (permalink)
FINALLY, I have created the piece that was the final link in the chain.
 
I was left to ponder my thoughts during the day to figure out how to secure a motor which will turn the ballscrew and get my Z axis back in motion.  Taking inventory of the machines I have at my disposal, the only semi accurate machine I have is my mini lathe.  Traditionally, motor mounts are made square, but since all I have is a lathe it had to do.

After almost an entire day of work, here is the magic part:


It took almost 2 hours alone for that to cut on the bandsaw.  Normally it was the worst way to cut a part (not on the edge through the length of it, but to cut the length of it), but It was the only way I could get it to cut where I wanted too.  I was afraid of the blade not digging into a curved surface, so I just let it run and oiled it frequently.
 
here is the motor with coupling attached to it.

 
Now here it is test fitted.

Still working on how to secure it to the part it sits on.  The only forces it needs to overcome are twisting motions.  I just need to make sure the motor does not turn.  I already have a solution, but I am working to implement it.  Once that is done, I can assemble to mill and get back on track!
 
 

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/08 19:00:17 (permalink)
nice work!

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/08 22:52:41 (permalink)
Yay Nate.
Glad to see some more progress !!

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/09 07:44:30 (permalink)
More pics soon!  made more progress into the wee hours of last night.
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/10 19:50:14 (permalink)
Nate. Stumbled across this thread and was extremely excited. I've read most of the posts and might have missed this but what thread size are you drilling fittings? What are you charging for the full board in copper? Thanks
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/11 19:20:14 (permalink)
the fittings are the traditional G 1/4 NPS type.  PM for more details.
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/12 21:27:17 (permalink)
Pm sent.
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/12 22:41:23 (permalink)
FINALLY, made some HUGE leaps forward getting the machine back up and running.

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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/12 22:50:56 (permalink)
very smooth action glad your nearly back in business
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/13 07:31:40 (permalink)
Thanks!  the weights are within 4 lbs of each other, so the effort required by the ballscrew and motor will be minimal.
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Re:100% Copper SR2 full coverage waterblock! 2011/12/13 08:07:53 (permalink)
A better look at the back of the column reinforcements.  38 3/8" holes drilled, tapped, and countersunk in 1" thick aluminum bars.  Should prove VERY sturdy.

Here I am enlisting the help of a clamp and 2x4 to mimic a second set of hands.  I was trimming a little bit from the bottom of the column because I got some fiberglass resin in the area where the bottom of the column normally goes.  The accuracy of the aluminum blocks was not important, one side just needed to be flat.  They just simply add to prevent any stress along the sheer plane of the weld.  I put too much into that column to have it simply snap.  I am debating upon filling the entire column with concrete or something to add more strength and rigidity to it.
 
I can't wait to get back to machining waterblocks instead of this re-build, but hey... I had to do it. 

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