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Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:33 pm

This funky button I'm hunting isn't an exact match to a stock 500 drive. But it fits the 500 perfectly.

I just need to to be longer. So finding an old 500 button won't help, as this button was custom fit for these new (Sony) drives.

'preciate you looking, though!
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Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Fri May 11, 2018 8:33 am

@mattsoft has come to the rescue in amazing fashion! He's becoming a bit of a 3D modeling/printing pro. I handed him my too-short button the other night and literally in one day I've got a prototype for a new, longer button! I'll test it tonight. Upon my first visual inspection this button looks really F-ing good.

This FDD drive is going to get looking sweet really soon! THANK YOU Matt!

Then all I'll have left to do is soldering up the FDD's activity light and I can stop thinking about hardware for this machine. Which is a great feeling!

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Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Sat May 19, 2018 2:11 pm

With a lot of help from @mattsoft, I can officially label my Phoenix's button as being 100% complete and looking awesome! Matt gave me a new batch of buttons with very subtle visual improvements. I spent this morning lightly sanding one of them, priming it and painting it multiple coats of paint. It's not a 100% perfect match, but for $5 paint I'd say it's 99.999%. Good enough!

I've just installed it. It looks SO good now. Check it out.
Before on the left, after on the right. Tank mouse for color reference (which is pretty much the same hue as the case).
New button installed in the drive. No disk.
Disk inserted. The button sticks out the same length as a stock button does now.
Not too shabby! No more ghetto button. Woo hoo!

Only thing left to do at this point is to solder up the activity light and this Phoenix will officially be DONE. No more hardware hacking. Just using the computer. What a novel idea, eh? :)
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Toronto, Canada

by A1-X1000 posted Sat May 19, 2018 2:15 pm

looks great! what type of paint did you use?
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by mattsoft posted Sat May 19, 2018 2:25 pm

Wow, I can't believe it turned out so nice. The color looks near perfect too!

For the other 2 people in the universe in the same predicament, here is the STL file if you want to print your own.
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Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Sat May 19, 2018 2:31 pm

It was 3 different paints. The main paint is slightly too dark, so I used a white primer which I'd had left over from my plastic models (yeah, used to do that a lot). Then a slightly darker primer (I probably could have eliminated that step). And finally a third coat, being the paint on the far right. All easily sourced from my local hardware store.

Funny though, you'd never think that brown color would match the A1000, but with a white primer it nearly does. ;)


And thanks again, Matt! And yeah - making that button available to the world is simply awesome.
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Lexington VA

by BloodyCactus posted Sat May 19, 2018 3:10 pm

nice! Thanks for making the file available on thingiverse! I have an old lulzbot, might have to print a button just in case :P
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