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    Default Very Small FB3 Enclosure

    I thought I'd share my over-engineered FB3 box. I made this back in September, crunching for a show I had booked in Seattle. I tried to leave room for the DMX port, but I doubt it will fit. I chose this enclosure since everything else at Fry's and Norvac was ugly. I imagine I'll put the FB3 in something else sooner or later. Perhaps I can find similar extruded aluminum that's just a little bigger.

    Included here are a few pictures that should do most of the talking. Do note the two mini DC fans. Bill at Pangolin kindly explained that cooling wasn't necessary, but I put them in there anyway since I like fans. They work REALLY well. So well in fact, that if there's fog or anything else in the air, they CAKE the FB3 with it. -I disabled them for now.

    I figure I'll put a resistor on them one of these days and wire them back up so they do something besides look neat.

    Here are the pictures. I figured I'd just do a chronological pictorial ending with the end product.

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    Hey, that's really nice.

    Where did you get that ribbon cable connector for the back of the DB25? I've never seen one of those before, it seems like a much better idea than soldering wires.

    Also, the cutout for the DB25 is REALLY neat, mine looks terrible in comparison, did you just use the Dremel?

    Cheers

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    Jem
    Thats an IDC 25-way d-conn
    look here
    http://cpc.farnell.com/jsp/search/br...equestid=73130

    And Plat. I agree with Jem - top work.
    PS whats the car hiding in the background?

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    Thanks for the link Rob, I might need to get one of those for my 'new' projector

    Jem
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jem View Post
    ..Also, the cutout for the DB25 is REALLY neat, mine looks terrible in comparison, did you just use the Dremel?
    Thanks! I used the Dremel to cut more or less square shapes, than filed with a triangular file to get the shape and a flat file to widen it out. I also beveled the edges a little bit. After everything, I sanded all the parts to brush the aluminum and did the final cleanup with rubbing alcohol.


    Quote Originally Posted by stanwax View Post
    Jem
    Thats an IDC 25-way d-conn
    look here
    http://cpc.farnell.com/jsp/search/br...equestid=73130

    And Plat. I agree with Jem - top work.
    PS whats the car hiding in the background?

    Rob

    I was pretty stressed shortening that cable with that crimp-connector. It was a one-shot job. It ended up barely long enough. I imagine I'll try to order a replacement later on, just so it's neat.

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    Nice job Platinum,

    Nothing is ever over engineered if you do it yoourself

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    WOW, two fans for the FB3? It only dissipates a few tens of milliwatts of heat. I wonder if the wavelength shifts lower when you cool it so much ?

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangolin View Post
    WOW, two fans for the FB3? It only dissipates a few tens of milliwatts of heat. I wonder if the wavelength shifts lower when you cool it so much ?

    Bill

    Har har. I'll admit I'm very airflow-conscious.. -perhaps to an extreme.

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    At least they will get rid of the smoke if you short cct. something!

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    VERY nice work i may wanna do this once i get my fb3

    do you by any chance have any measurements of it?
    -Josh

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