Project: Diamond Plate


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<font face=“Arial, Verdana” size=“2” style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><span style=“line-height: normal;”>I decided to build a custom stick based on the TE-S. I’m making it out of diamond plate. Here’s what I have so far. </span></font><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><br></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”>Started with a flat sheet of diamond plate</div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><img src=“http://i.imgur.com/yEeiJfi.jpg” height=“50%” width=“50%”><br></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><font face=“Arial, Verdana” size=“2”><span style=“line-height: normal;”><br></span></font></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><font face=“Arial, Verdana” size=“2”><span style=“line-height: normal;”>Cut to size and did front 30/60 angle bends and rear 90</span></font></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><img src=“http://i.imgur.com/jXCkCgz.jpg” height=“50%” width=“50%”><br></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><br></div><div><img src=“http://i.imgur.com/y13iXGy.jpg” height=“50%” width=“50%”><br></div></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><font face=“Arial, Verdana” size=“2”><span style=“line-height: normal;”><br></span></font></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><font face=“Arial, Verdana” size=“2”><span style=“line-height: normal;”>Holes drilled for JLF and buttons. I machined a flat area for the buttons to sit flat. Due to limitations of the hardware I couldn’t just shave off the diamond bumpouts. The machine slipped on the hole for p2 so its a little off, but I doubt it will effect play. </span></font></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><font face=“Arial, Verdana” size=“2”><span style=“line-height: normal;”><br></span></font></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><img src=“http://i.imgur.com/A2P7ICfl.jpg” style=“font-family: ‘lucida grande’, ‘Lucida Sans Unicode’, tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.7em;”></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><span style=“font-size: small;”>Next is sides and base. I need to figure out how I’m going to mount everything on the inside, but that’s a decision for later. I decided i’m going to use spacers and countersunk screws for the JLF. </span></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><span style=“font-size: small;”><br></span></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><span style=“font-size: small;”>Update: Instead of the spacer idea a friend welded in some brackets using a technique called ‘washing’. This eliminated the heat marks. </span></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><img src=“http://i.imgur.com/X9EQkWV.jpg?1” height=“50%” width=“50%”><br></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”>The base and sides are PVC and stainless sheet metal. It’s pretty heavy. The top attaches to the bottom with nuts welded on to the base. </div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”> <img src=“http://i.imgur.com/AVkgQIN.jpg” height=“50%” width=“50%”></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”><br></div><div style=“font-family: Arial, Verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;”>All together now. </div><div><img src=“http://i.imgur.com/7pmxrW6.jpg” height=“50%” width=“50%”><br></div>

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#3

The hard part will be cutting the holes.


#4

Threw another pic up with some buttons in. Next update will have sides and bottom. I’m doing the sides out of stainless sheet metal. The bottom is TBD.


#5

Looking good.  Do you not rest your wrists on the stick?  It could get uncomfortable otherwise.<br>(It’s been too long since we’ve played, I can’t remember–if I ever noticed in the first place.)<br><br>And next time it’ll probably be easier if you cut the holes before bending :)<br><br>Final thought: that’s going to be hella heavy.<br>


#6

Love how this looks! How much does it weigh? 


#7

<font face=“Arial, Verdana” size=“2”><span style=“line-height: normal;”>I rested my hands on the diamond plate thinking that it would be a labor but its actually quite comfortable. I’ll have to do an extensive prolonged gameplay test when its completed. The problem with bending aluminum diamond plate is that its already quite malleable and stretches during the bend. The machine specs state that it has to be solid aluminum sheet metal, so putting holes in it prior to bending wasn’t really an option since the holes would have been distorted slightly. You don’t have this constraint with stronger metals like stainless steel but I didn’t want the weight to be too heavy. Right now with just the aluminum it still pretty light. That will certainly change though when I finish putting the sides and bottom on. Now I’m tossing around the idea of wooden sides and bottom. I can do whatever since the machine shop here has everything I would need shy of a laser cutter. </span></font>


#8

Updated the build progress. The case is mostly done. Only things left are to mount the electronics inside, make a hole for the neutrik RJ45 pass through, create RJ45 to usb cable, and add some feet so this doesn’t scratch up the furniture. 


#9

stick is done! Works great.


#10

That medium punch…


#11

It’s so minor it doesn’t effect gameplay at all.