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To match the rest of the inside of the case I decided I wanted to cover part of the front fans and the area around it with a custom fan shroud / fan grill. It’s a sin to cover the beautiful be quiet! Silent Wings 3 fans them self, so knew it had to be semi transparent and only from the inside.

After playing with some ideas on paper I knew what I wanted to create. A similar solution as the inside case wall I previously created in carbon fiber with a depth and layer in white carbon for a combined fan shroud / fan grill.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

Got my new Dremel 4000 ready to help me do this mod. Would be first mod on this case that isn’t 100% done by hand in that case πŸ™‚

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

First I had to put the custom case parts back together

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

This is the where I will be creating my inside front fan shroud. My thought was to go from the custom floor all the way to the top and into the side to my previous custom inside wall.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

First, as I always do, I created a prototype in cardboard to check my idea, design flaws and find room for improvements. Felt like this idea would be awesome.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

Took out my acrylic 5mm and went to work. I have ordred a Dremel Moto-Saw, but it’s delayed, so cut a demo piece up by hand saw. Just as previous mods πŸ˜€

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

I bought a new 130 mm drill saw and it was just perfect. The beautiful 140mm Silent Wing 3 fans measure 135mm from inside to inside on the back. Left a few overlapping mm to my advantage. After a final test it was time to do the real deal.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

Cut a 150mm wide and 360mm long piece and measured and market center line and where to drill the holes.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

The size of that 130mm drill saw is just huge, but with some slow drilling the acrylic hardly melted and it was easy to cut my holes without any incidents.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

Not bad, not bad at all. Perfectly centered and in the right place.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

When I bought the drill saw I also picked up some diamond shaped aluminum mesh. It will look awesome together with my carbon fiber. Took measurements and cut a large rectangle in 145x355mm.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

After cutting a 22mm wide and 360mm long acrylic side I “glued” them together with some awesome Acrifix 116. Invisible and strong bonding – yes please.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

I just had to use my new tool, so sanded down any residue from my bonding (it flows very richly) and to ensure a smooth edge. When wrapping in carbon, I always sand down the corner edge into a soft round edge. This to ensure a nice smooth transition in the carbon vinyl and take away any risk of cutting the vinyl when it’s heated and fragile.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

I was very happy with the outcome. First time I used Acrifix 116, but will never use anything else for my acrylic bonding. So much stronger and better then superglue that I previously used.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

A quick test fit with the mesh loose behind the fan shroud frame. Getting more and more excited the longer I work on this mod.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

As the backside of the shroud will be slightly visible from the front, when the fans isn’t spinning, I painted the whole backside Β black and painted the mesh black on both sides. One step closer to finish.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

Wrapped the front on carbon fiber vinyl from 3M di-noc. Starting to get the hang of this now. Looks stunning if I can say so my self. Will make the amazing be quiet! Silent Wings 3 look even more beautiful and match their carbon looking wings.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

I glued on the mesh with superglue and put pressure on it while setting. Finished of with some random dots of super glue in between the mesh.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

VERY happy with the outcome. Even better then I imagine when I first thought of this mod. One last thing to fix. The inside white carbon edge to complete the combined fan shroud / fan grill. Just as on my inside carbon fiber wall. To create depth and contrast.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

First I cut and glued (Acrifix 116) the parts together.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

Then I wrapped it in white carbon fiber from 3M di-noc. Hard to get such a small piece (12mm height) perfect without any edges and complete coverage on all edges. Think I did alright.

Inside front fan shroud in carbon fiber

The finished result.

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