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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2019, 09:17:35 PM »
Yes they are HC PSUs.
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Re: New F16V3 Build
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2019, 04:18:46 PM »
Buck converter, Pi, and inlet power switch installed. The power wire is just temporary for testing.

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Re: New F16V3 Build
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2019, 04:07:38 PM »
So I already made a change to the design. Will post pics once I have it in the same condition as my last pics.

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Re: New F16V3 Build
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2019, 05:50:01 PM »
Here is the update:
Also tested 2 strands of Ray Wu lights and they work great!!
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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2019, 08:23:00 AM »
So I am too late in asking this question but I may as well try to find out. How did everyone go about drilling the 3.5" hole for the vents in the BUD enclosure? I went to HD and asked if a holesaw would work for 1/4" thick plastic and the guy told me yes. It may be that I wasn't able to put a block of wood behind it when I was drilling but the holesaw gouged my enclosure pretty bad on the first hole. Thats why I have the foam gasket on the inside. The second hole I used my dremel but it was still pretty jagged. Any help would be greatly appreciated for the next enclosure. Thanks.

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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2019, 10:45:56 AM »
I did not have a holesaw that big, but I have a drill bit with an adjustable bar with a cutter bit at the end.  The secret to using all these things is to go very slow and use a drill press if possible.  If you are going thru and not perfectly vertical you will do some damage doing it by hand.  At least that has been my experience.
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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2019, 12:27:38 PM »
Well I just found out my work has a drill press so I am going to give that a try when I get my new enclosure in.

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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2019, 05:13:41 PM »
When drilling plastic - Clamp IT, Tape IT, Drill IT (slowly):

  • Clamp It - Make sure the box doesn't spin around by securing it, in a temporary wood frame or a vice with cloth around the box if you have it.  Basically, find a way to prevent it from moving around while you drill.
  • Tape IT - use cheap masking tape or painters tape and put it over the area you will be making the hole. This prevents marring the plastic
  • Drill IT - I normally start with a small punch and punch my center.  Then drill it with a bit to make a pilot hole, then put on the cutting bit and drill SLOWLY.  What is SLOWLY, slow enough that you get shavings, if you start seeing plastic melt you are going too fast
NOTE* - If your cutting a hole bigger than 1" in plastic I normally step up cutting bits.  Meaning I'll drill the 1" first then the 2" then the 3", if I'm making a 3" hole.  Safest way to drill plastic without cracking it.  I've seen holes up to 2" /3" cut without "stepping" but I think it is just risky.  I'm one of those that like to "do it right the first time".
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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2019, 05:32:36 PM »
Nice work so far.  Always makes it easier to be able to keep it neat.
Do you have a link to the vent covers that you are using?
Using LOR (mostly SuperStar) for all sequencing - using FPP only to drive P5 and P10 panels.
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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2019, 05:34:49 PM »
Thanks for the step by step Robert. Must be a small world. Im a retired ETC/SS.

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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2019, 05:36:52 PM »
Check this link. It has a lot of the parts I used.
https://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,7773.15.html

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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2019, 06:20:53 PM »
So I am too late in asking this question but I may as well try to find out. How did everyone go about drilling the 3.5" hole for the vents in the BUD enclosure? I went to HD and asked if a holesaw would work for 1/4" thick plastic and the guy told me yes. It may be that I wasn't able to put a block of wood behind it when I was drilling but the holesaw gouged my enclosure pretty bad on the first hole. Thats why I have the foam gasket on the inside. The second hole I used my dremel but it was still pretty jagged. Any help would be greatly appreciated for the next enclosure. Thanks.
I use hole saws to drill all my holes. I push it through quickly otherwise the spinning starts to melt the plastic and the saw starts to drift. Mark it and drill it quickly, never had an issue.
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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2019, 06:29:26 PM »
Wiring is almost complete. Ran out of blue lugs so I called it a night.


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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2019, 06:38:52 PM »
So I scrapped the solid 14awg wire and went with ultra flex 400 strand tinned wire. It was too much of a pain to work with. Redid everything including the enclosure. Much cleaner cuts for the vents and power switch.

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Re: New F16V3 Enclosure Build
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2019, 09:19:45 AM »
Updated pics.

 

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