D-Wave X2 desk-sized replica

What?

D-wave Systems has been into Quantum computers for a while, and not long ago they released the X2 (below) and i fell in love. The panels and logo on the shielding/case just looks awsome. I have to have one – smaller.

D-Wave X2 Quantum Computer

Image courtesy of Dwave systems inc.

Why?

I love super computers, they often have a case with a soul, somthing to look at and admire. While regular gaming cases and computers just a plain boxes without much style.
So i love making a replica of them to have on my desk or at the shelf to look at.
Maybe a kind of a tribute? not sure, well, here it goes!

The project!

Want to see how i did it? check out the pics below!

Started out with cutting all panels after my Sketchup-model i made based on data from D-Wave on their X2.
I´m actually using the rear panels as front on this one, and removed the racks to get it more uniform 😉

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Then glued all panels to a 30x30cm sheet of acrylic.

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Dry fitting the parts, to see what needs to be changed before gluing.
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First mistake…
I cut out the D-Wave logo in a piece of flat black vinyl, and had a idea of mounting a LED behind the panel to light it up.

But.. got it on off-centre in both directions…
Back to the cutting machine again 🙂

The black paint is only for the spacing between all small panels, the panels themselves will be wrapped in vinyl to get a easy surface without painting and sanding.

Here is how it looks in front of my desk light.
Some light coming trough, will isolate the logo on the back some more.

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And without a light behind it.

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Not much of progress to show today, i have mostly put time into the bottom and designing all parts holding the motherboard and drives inside the case and thinking of a way to open the case to change parts and whatnot.

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Made the floor (left) and the back (right) and put a 140mm fan in the floor and a 120 in the back.
Probably do 2×120 in the roof too, not sure yet, or a single 140 there too.

Made a mistake with the IO-cutout, internal floor will be 30mm up from the bottom, forgot to add that to the back. Not visible later when painted and wrapped.

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Front and side pieces glued.
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Made a simple drive bay to hold the three hdd´s.
Could be made better but didnt see why, it´s the outside of this puppy thats cool 🙂

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And it is removable, for easy access to other parts.

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Bottom fan and case feets mounted

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Close up of the case feets

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Now its time for some sanding and paint/wrap of the bottom part.

Mounted and painted.
Found another motherboard, AMD E35M1 with passive cooling, worked good. Been running it under load for a day in the case just to be sure the cooling is enough.

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The hardware

Asus E35M1-I Deluxe
4gb memory
16gb SSD-DOM for operating system
2x4TB, 1x3TB storage drives
Fractal designs och Bitfenix fans
BeQuiet SFX PSU

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