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Author Topic: my try at a steampunked usb drive  (Read 12139 times)
k-9
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« on: September 27, 2009, 03:59:10 am »

well i gave it my best shot at making a steampunked usb drive and a docking station what do you guys think
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2009, 04:05:09 am »

Absolutely brilliant.  Can we get some explanation of what you've done and how you did it?  Superb craftsmanship, one of the most well-put-together designs I've seen.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2009, 04:20:02 am »

that is very well done.  would you mind sharing how the inner guts work on this piece?
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2009, 04:46:01 am »

Very nice indeed! This looks like a great idea combined with beautiful work to produce a complete and total win...
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2009, 05:52:15 am »

Wow... a docking station... NICE!

 But I must express my grave concerns that putting brass gears directly atop the USB circuitry in that drive will cause short-circuits when the drive is plugged in... leading to disaster.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2009, 07:16:47 am »

well there's no sideview so lets assume theres something clear between the gears and the drive or a large enough gap
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2009, 07:25:11 am »

Oh my, what a lovely piece of tech.  Smiley

I'm curious, the feet on the docking station, you know, with the numbers all around them... are they from a combination lock?
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2009, 08:16:33 am »

i personally dont like it -as steampunk- cause its showing too much PCB, and while its your own view of steampunk that matters, i dont think this could be called pure steampunk, its more a hybrid

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that said it is a good piece of work
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2009, 05:40:09 pm »

Even with the PCB, it's quite handsome.  what materials did you use?  I'm guessing a lamp finial on top, and obviously a large brass nut on the bottom, but what's in-between?

and the docking station is really gorgeous.  I'm quite jealous of your ingenuity and fabrication skills.
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2009, 05:50:01 pm »

I say, well done sir.
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2009, 06:33:38 pm »

Very shiney and well damn awesome piece of work
well done sir
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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2009, 06:34:16 pm »

i tip my hat to you sir
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2009, 08:51:21 pm »

i really like this. what a beautiful docking station.
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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2009, 12:11:20 am »

That's lovely. I especially like the docking station, and the valve look you've given the flashdrive. Very nice work.
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« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2009, 12:56:49 am »

Very nice work. The docking station is a great idea. Great craftsmanship and creative selection of components. Congratulations!
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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2009, 01:23:51 am »

How excellent.
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« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2009, 02:30:47 am »

Gotta say, I love the design, but the visible chip there is really cheesing me off. I don't know if you're planning to work on this, or if it's done and you're just showing it here for funsies, but if you are gonna do anything else, I highly recommend covering that in something more solid than a few gears. And then put the gears on top of that instead.
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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2009, 03:06:32 am »

I second that. The dissonance tears up the composition. Which is nicely done craftwise, by the way.
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« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2009, 03:26:08 am »

Yes, by no means are your skills lacking, in fact this is really incredibly beautiful. It's just that one element of it that I think was a poor decision.
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« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2009, 02:00:05 am »

sorry about the late reply but work has me going in all direction but anyhow thanks for all your kind words and some of your advice on what needed to make it more steampunked so taking that to mind here is a wip  im starting on



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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2009, 10:06:16 am »

My first reaction to the USB drive alone was not positive, it looked a bit Clumsy to me. (Don't ask me to explain, it was my first, gut reaction.
But in combination with the Docking station I take it all back. The "Top heavy" look of the USB works perfectly in combination with the base.
Congratulations.

However I do agree with the comments about the exposed PCB.
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« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2009, 11:49:59 am »

I'm not opposed to exposed PCB, but I think it needs something to stagger the transition from silicon to  clockwork.

One of my main thoughts regarding Steampunk PC mods it the Victorians would have had the insides exposed for all to marvel at. Of course a modern Motherboard would need some work to have that marvel factor.

Any way fantastic work. I love the docking station. I was going to do something similar, but replace the USB plug with something more bulky. Most likely would have killed the impedance of the wiring and reduced it to USB1.1 speed.

 
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« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2009, 12:24:08 am »

*Ahem*

[crass]That is f****ing awesome!![/crass]

That is all.
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« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2009, 02:51:49 am »

Wonderful, simply wonderful.
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« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2009, 08:42:37 pm »

dude that is just brilliant!

The stick it's self wouldn't be so special but the docking station makes it just magnificent!!!!!!

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