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SeeTheBridges
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Posted by: deplomb

 

@lifecom and Nando

attached is a dxf with the outlines of my ventilation grill.
In the cnc machine I used a 3mm 2 blade drill bit.

One more thing:
depending on the quality of the bits and the alloy of the housing the aluminium may tend to smear when machined.
Cooling helps to keep the edges precise. I recommend using new or sharpened drill bits.
I used spirit. Petroleum would probaply work as well.
When cnc milling yourself with manual cooling keep safety in mind while handling inflammable liquids.

   

Hmm, I wonder, is this a 3D model file? Could it be converted to an STL? Im thinking maybe get the out housing 3D printed because I would LOVE that housing with the holes pattern, but as far as I can see, theres nowhere near me that would do a custom CNC for me :/

Early 2015 13in MacBook Pro (MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6)
Akitio Thunder2 w/ EVGA GTX 1050 SC and (MSI RX460 2GB presumed dead)

 
2015 13" MacBook Pro [5th,2C,U] + RX 460 @ 16Gbps-TB2 (AKiTiO Thunder2) + macOS 10.12 & Win10 [build link]  


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deplomb
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Posted by: SeeTheBridges

 

Posted by: deplomb

 

@lifecom and Nando

attached is a dxf with the outlines of my ventilation grill.
In the cnc machine I used a 3mm 2 blade drill bit.

One more thing:
depending on the quality of the bits and the alloy of the housing the aluminium may tend to smear when machined.
Cooling helps to keep the edges precise. I recommend using new or sharpened drill bits.
I used spirit. Petroleum would probaply work as well.
When cnc milling yourself with manual cooling keep safety in mind while handling inflammable liquids.

   

Hmm, I wonder, is this a 3D model file? Could it be converted to an STL? Im thinking maybe get the out housing 3D printed because I would LOVE that housing with the holes pattern, but as far as I can see, theres nowhere near me that would do a custom CNC for me :/

   

I do have an STL, but the filetype seems unsupported for upload even as zip.

@admins: would it be possible to allow stl files?

 

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nando4
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Posted by: deplomb

I do have an STL, but the filetype seems unsupported for upload even as zip.

@admins: would it be possible to allow stl files?

  

As requested, zip and pdf files attachments are now enabled. Defaulting to a 2MB limit on an individual file.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
2015 15" Dell Precision 7510 (Q M1000M) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 Ti @32Gbps-M2 (ADT-Link R43SG) + Win10 1803 [build link]  


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deplomb
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Posted by: nando4

 

Posted by: deplomb

I do have an STL, but the filetype seems unsupported for upload even as zip.

@admins: would it be possible to allow stl files?

As requested, zip and pdf files attachments are now enabled. Defaulting to a 2MB limit on an individual file.

   

Whow, that was fast. Thank you.
Attached is the stl as zip:

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deplomb
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@ SeeTheBridges
If you 3d print an enclosure please share the results.
I'd be very curious, never tried 3d printing before.

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kriskate
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Hi! If I were to use a power adapter made for Asus g46vw (19V @ 9.23A - 180W), with a 1050TI on an Akitio t2, do you think I might encounter any issues?

I've seen others using a 19V power brick, but I'm not sure of the short/long-term impact on the akitio/GPU

 

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nando4
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Posted by: kriskate

 

Hi! If I were to use a power adapter made for Asus g46vw (19V @ 9.23A - 180W), with a 1050TI on an Akitio t2, do you think I might encounter any issues?

I've seen others using a 19V power brick, but I'm not sure of the short/long-term impact on the akitio/GPU

AKiTiO Thunder2/3 takes a 12V DC jack input. Do not use any 19V AC adapter as it will damage that eGPU enclosure.

@enjoy has linked higher power 12V AC adapters in the opening post of this thread. A higher power 12V/220W Dell DA-2 is a popular choice due to low priced accessibility of s/h ebay units.

eGPU Setup 1.35    •    eGPU Port Bandwidth Reference Table

 
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bookatechie
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I made a short video of my setup. Really pleased with it. I’m playing Dark Souls 3 on this at highest settings with 40FPS average. Evga 1050 Ti SSC card. I’m using the standard power brick, swapped out for a silent reversed fan, and got a longer T3 cable so I can keep the box on the floor while sitting on the couch. Thank you for all the help from this forum!

 

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ikir
 ikir
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While waiting for my Mantiz which will sport a new GTX 1070, I will mod my Thunder 3 to became a mini-eGPU

Maybe with a 1070 mini or a cheaper 1050ti

Thunder3 cnc


MacBook Pro 2018 Touch Bar i7 quad-core 2.7Ghz - 16GB RAM - 512GB PCIe SSD
my awesome Radeon VII eGPU
my Mantiz Venus extreme mod with Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 64

 
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edwardsean
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Hi. Are any of you intending to use this with VR? One of the reasons I got an eGPU was to explore VR in the near future. However, Geforce Experience shows my system as not ready for VR. It displayed this with the GTX1060 and also when I upgraded to the GTX1070. To my knowledge both these GPUs are VR capable along with the rest of my system. 

Will I have a problem setting this up with an Oculus or Vive?

2016 15" MacBook Pro (RP460) [6th,4C,H] + GTX 1080 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AKiTiO Thunder3) + Win10 [build link]  

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