08/31/2017 at 05:32 •
(The links embedded below are select entries from the full verbosity build blog.)
After building rev A and learning a lot about acrylic construction, I proceeded to start designing rev B. There were problems with rev A that I wanted to fix, and some additional objectives beyond that. I decided to give up trying to emulate the Apple PowerMac G4 cube and design a different airflow scheme. Some of the lessons aren't even part of the final product: I designed construction fixtures to make assembly easier.
For the moment, revision B works well for the enclosure. It has been working well enough that I haven't had to worry about the hardware. It frees up time for learning the software side of running FreeNAS on my home network.
08/31/2017 at 01:33 •
The first draft of this project was also my first project for laser-cut acrylic. Since I didn't know what I was doing, the objectives were modest. Just build a box with all the components inside to see if it even works. And well... it didn't.
I was inspired by the Apple PowerMac G4 Cube, a beautiful landmark of industrial design. What I ended up with was a pretty horrid rendition that did not resemble the original in any way. It's my version of all those "Pinterest fails" circulating on the internet.
The angled top turned out to be difficult because laser cutter only cut at right angles. I didn't know that. I designed tabs and slots to glue pieces of acrylic together, but the sharp corners in the acrylic started cracking under stress. I didn't know that was an issue to consider. The wiring wasn't something I knew how to model in CAD, so the reality is a rat's nest of tangled wires.
Revision A was full of problems, but it was only the first draft. It's supposed to help me learn these lessons so I can apply them towards the next revision, and from that (generous) perspective it worked well.
Next up: Rev B
(The links above, and more details than you ever wanted to know, are from the full verbose build blog.)
08/09/2017 at 23:29 •
Select highlights from the project build blog will be cross-posted here in the future.
In the meantime, the full verbosity is available at this link.