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 Post subject: Lego Monster -project
PostPosted: 13.05.2004 16:39 
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Here is my Lego Monster -project with pictures to those who demanded more info about this "mod". Not too sure if this is modding, but anyway..

Project started about a year ago with an idea to make silent cube like PC out of some strange material. Since I had some legos I had good excuse to buy some more. So I chose lego as building material. Finally I came up with this design.

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I wasn't happy with this design and somehow I lost interest in cube type PC. My girlfriend (teddy bear freak) told me some animal like creature would be fun. But for that I needed even more legos (another good excuse). Now we get to the point when "official" Lego Monster -project starts.

These are the parts I had in the beginning:

Asus A7N266 Micro-ATX MB with integrated LAN, sound and graphics
Duron 1600 and silent cooler
128MB DDR
Seagate 17GB HD
Silent Power 300W
CD drive, later replaced with DVD
Reset switch-power&HD&message led combination stripped from an old AT case (serves as power switch)
Silent colourful LED fan
Bright extra LEDs
About 14 lego buckets labeled 4027 or 4026 (these are identical)
1 large lego bucket labeled 7830
Some especially bought lego plates and extra pieces

Now to the project itself. I'm not going to tell the whole story - I let the pictures tell. Since the power source is heavy and I had some difficulties with it in the last cube design I decided to put it in the bottom. This decision left room for legs too.

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After power there is mainboard as this photo shows.

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Too bad I got carried away everytime there was some challenging thing to do. Like getting the mainboard attached. So there are no photos of those technical details. The picture above shows the screw on right front corner of mainbord. There is wire (not shown in this picture thought) attached to ground(0). Everything is grounded with wires because there is no protecting metal chassis.

Next picture shows location of CD drive and hard disk. Once again I forgot to take pictures of supporting structures. But they are there. CD was later replaced with DVD.

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Next picture shows that you can remove the top without breaking the whole chassis. The top consists of larger plates.

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After this there was nothing but some decoration and minor changes. Lego Monster is ready. Front..

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..and behind (yes, everything is there =)..

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..and the power switch and LEDs..

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And that's it!

This is what I think about Legos as building material:

+ In the end they are cheap compared to other materials. I used about 100e.
+ When PC "dies", you can still use those Legos.
+ Low noise.
+ Light weight.
+ They can take punishment if you design the chassis well and put supporting structures.
+ You can design almost anything. Adding some electric motors and Lego Technics would be fun.

- Heat issues. With good design you can overcome this.
- Electrical interferences. I have some problems with sound. Nothing major.
- The effort building chassis.
- It is plastic. Lego can take heat without melting, but there is always danger of fire (low propability).

Ok. This was my design. Enjoy. And thanks again for those comments in gallery. I hope this message answers to your questions.

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PostPosted: 13.05.2004 22:37 
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8O cool. how doare you say this is not a mod. its awesome. i have some legoes of my own, but not enough of the same color.

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It seems that you didnt glue the peices together, being that you said when the PC dies, you could still use the legos. I wouldve glued them. It makes the thing a lot sturdier and permanant. I remember building the coolest things out of lego, and having them break when i dropped them. Sad times.. :(

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PostPosted: 15.05.2004 01:33 
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yea, it would be cool to glue them, except when you have to change a fan or something, then its impossible to get them apart.

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looks good


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Personally I'm against glueing parts together. It's not a "lego-thing" to do. Maybe if you were sure that you never need those legos in some other project. And you need to be sure that structure is designed so that you can change parts inside without having to break anything. This will definetely cause problems. Like I had when new DVD was 2cm/inch shorter than previous CD drive. No serious problems there, but think about it vice versa.

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:D:D::D:D:D: cooooool!!!

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PostPosted: 19.05.2004 04:54 
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yea that is true about the gluing...........if you glued it with hot glue it would be easier to get apart than something like epoxy

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Someone asked whether these were custom ordered Legos or not. As I mentioned above, they were just ordinary buckets from local store. I estimated price when ordering plain black bricks from Lego and it was about 1.5 times higher than I used on this project. And I got extra bricks that did not fit anywhere from those buckets.

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PostPosted: 20.05.2004 00:12 
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thats what I figured.....didnt look like a pre-fab

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yo how long did u spend on the project?

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PostPosted: 27.05.2004 09:37 
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dj eye con wrote:
yo how long did u spend on the project?


I got carried away, so it's hard to say exactly. I spent four full evenings which is about 15 hours. I'd say 20 hours total plus everything else like buying bricks and stuff. The whole project started a year ago, but there were long breaks between.

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 Post subject: GREAT!
PostPosted: 27.07.2004 18:04 
Oh.. Thats GREAT!!!! I want more legos so i can do that! awesome! I want this! (Sorry if mine english s*cks)


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wow reoped after 2 months

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2 months is nothing... new users can reopen 1-year old threads they've never seen before =)

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