OK, so I have enough of my Xserve case to finally start building it. The top half of the case is genuine Apple original, the bottom half I have just acquired, and is a simple open-ended stainless steel tray. The back end where the ports go is not a problem to fabricate, nor is the runner system (its such a good fit). That leaves the front bezel. Still haven't decided whether to make one or buy one. They cost a bundle though for what they actaully do.
My current problem is that the bottom case is bare steel. Obvisouly bolting PCBs to bare metal is not a great idea, so I need to insulate most of it before installing parts. The insulation must not allow for any build up of static, or it will be worse than mounting on bare metal. The Apple case has a layer of such a material. Anybody know what it is? Or more importantly, where I can get some?
wouldn't the sinsulating stuff eat up more room than some washers and spacers? if your goal is to isolate the board from the box, just take a good measure os everything and use plastic spacers, that'll keep the board "floating" away from the metal box and only touching the spacers, thus improving airflow on both sides of the board
look online for anti-static matting. In my office, the entire workbench is covered in a sheet of blue static dissipating rubber its about an 8th to a 16th inch thick. Many websites sell it in rolls, or precut sheets. All you have to do is buy some, cut it to shape, and ground it to the metal chassis.
Electricity tastes good. No, seriously.
Xplain's use of MacNews, AppleCentral and AppleExpo are not affiliated with Apple, Inc. MacTech is a registered trademark of Xplain Corporation. AppleCentral, MacNews, Xplain, "The journal of Apple technology", Apple Expo, Explain It, MacDev, MacDev-1, THINK Reference, NetProfessional, MacTech Central, MacTech Domains, MacForge, and the MacTutorMan are trademarks or service marks of Xplain Corp. Sprocket is a registered trademark of eSprocket Corp. Other trademarks and copyrights appearing in this printing or software remain the property of their respective holders.
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.