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    Default Full anodised aluminium front bezel for A4000 - Interest poll

    Dear all,

    I want to have a small batch of a CNC milled full anodised aluminium A4000D front bezels produced. If the batch size is around 10 pieces, the price will be approx. € 170,- per bezel excluding shipping from the Netherlands to you.

    I want to use the publicly available 3D steps file, originally drawn by Stuart Rogers (aka Stoobs). https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2886182


    I’ve found a CNC miller that claims to be able to produce the front panels, however, I cannot guarantee.
    You will be taking the same risk as me as a single prototype would cost approx. € 500,-

    So, I’m trying to find some dare devils that are willing to take a leap in the dark with me...


    If you dare, please show your interest by reply in this thread and a PM to me.
    The more people join, the cheaper it gets, but after 10 pieces the price doesn’t drop a lot anymore.

    For indication:
    Price in Euro per item if ordered per certain amount.
    Prices are rounded up to prevent any disappointments as the price fluctuates a bit, current prices are approx. € 10,- less, I cannot guarantee.

    First run pioneers:
    - Me of coarse -- Payment received
    - Amiga.cafe user (1x) -- Payment received — Personal delivery
    - Shanshe -- Payment received — Send
    - Acill -- Payment received — Send
    - 0001agima -- Payment received — Send
    - Madowax686
    - Nowee -- Payment received — Send
    - Magic -- Payment received — Send
    - Yulquen74 (2x) -- Payment received — Send
    - Bonefish — Payment received — Send

    The price for the first run is set to € 201.22 per set, without shipping to your home address. This includes the front panel and a power button.

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    (Label and keylock are not included, more pictures can be found in the thread, page 5 and 7)

    Due to the large number of requests for the drive bay covers, I investigated this option. With the blessing of SkyDivinGirl, we're allowed to use her designs:
    A) 3½” cover large (bottom slot on A4000, to be used when a regular sized floppy drive is used)
    B) 3½” cover small (bottom slot on A4000, to be used when the Chinon FB-357a floppy drive is used)
    C) 5¼” cover (when no CD-rom or alike is attached)
    That could leave us with a gap when there are no floppy drives mounted. So I drew that part (based on the drivebay cover from SkyDivinGirl):
    D) 3½” cover large solid (middle slot on A4000, to be used when no floppy drives are attached). Please bare in mind that you'll need option A too in this case!

    The following prices are an indication for the third run:
    Front bezel: € 175.39 (White RAL 9002 € 196.44) + € 5.44 (shipping costs from manufacturer to me, divided over 10 people)
    Power knob: € 20.39 (White RAL 9002 € 22.85)

    The following are an indication based on at least 10 pieces per item (otherwise it will be more expensive):
    Option A - 3½” cover large: € 39.56 (White RAL 9002 € 44.30)
    Option B - 3½” cover small: € 37.31 (White RAL 9002 € 41.79)
    Option C - 5¼” cover: € 47.01 (White RAL 9002 € 52.65)
    Option D - 3½” cover large solid: € 38.60 (White RAL 9002 € 43.23)

    These prices are for the standard colors: Clear anodization, White RAL 9003 (powder coated) and BLACK. The manufacturer does not advise anodization for light colors, but instead advises powder coating. For white RAL 9002 (Closest to the original white of the Amiga) an additional charge is calculated due to a “custom” color and is therefore 12% more expensive.

    And of coarse this is excluding shipping from my home to your home.


    Second run interested people:
    - RetroPanic — Front Bezel + Power knob +T&T - Payment received
    - 4000pete — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + C + D + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - Niezgodka — Withdrawn
    - Quantumcat — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + D + T&T + insurance- Payment received
    - Tohe — No response, regarded as withdrawn
    - Ordyne — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + B + C + D + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - Bradpadgett — Front Bezel + Power knob + B + C + D + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - Baderman — Withdrawn
    - eteP — Withdrawn
    - Hal — Withdrawn
    - Pbjr — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + B + C + D + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - Trixter — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - Ollis — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + C + D + D + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - tbtorro — Front Bezel + Power knob + C + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - Teps71 — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + B + C + D + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - SantidarkG — Withdrawn
    - Milo — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + T&T - Payment received
    - JohnnySlick — Front Bezel + Power knob + B + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - A4Kuse — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + C + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - K0x — Withdrawn
    - PorkLip — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + B + C + D + T&T + Insurance - Payment received
    - Mray — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + B + C + D + T&T - Payment received
    - Slaapliedje — Front Bezel + Power knob, + T&T - Payment received
    - Yulquen74 — A+ A + D + D + T&T - Payment received
    - 0001agima — Power knob + A + B + C + D + Bubble envelope - Payment received
    -
    Magic — Power knob + A + B + C + D - Bubble envelope - Payment received
    - Ori1a — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + B + C + D + T&T + insurance - Payment received
    - Philip930 — Front Bezel + Power knob + B + T&T - Payment received
    - Timtheloon — Front Bezel + Power knob + T&T - Payment received
    -
    8bit — Front Bezel + Power knob + A + C + T&T - Payment received

    = CLOSED =
    I'm open for a third (and final?) round. During the course of time the following people have stated interest in a third round, I've contacted everyone via PM to confirm if they are still interested and which color (aluminium, black or white).

    I’m planning to place the order on July 10th.

    - ElectroBlaster
    - No response, regarded as withdrawn
    - Styrbjorn -
    No response, regarded as withdrawn
    - digitalMedic
    - No response, regarded as withdrawn
    - Bubbob42 -
    WHITE (9002 and 9003) & BLACK - 3x Front Bezel + 3x Power knob + 3x A + 3x C - Payment received
    - Morphine - No response, regarded as withdrawn
    - Tekk
    - Withdrawn
    - Kielek - BLACK - Front Bezel + Power knob + A + B + C + D
    - Payment received
    - Alainneke - Witdrawn
    - Puppetmaster - ALU - Front Bezel + Power knob + A + B + C + D
    - Payment received
    - Finntuitive -
    No response, regarded as withdrawn
    - Daloway
    - WHITE 9002 - Front Bezel + Power Knob + A + B + C + D - Payment received
    - Timmie - WHITE 9002 - Front Bezel + Power knob + A + D - Payment received
    - eteP - BLACK - Front Bezel + Power knob + A + B + C + D
    - Payment received
    - Bax - WHITE 9003 -
    Front Bezel + Power knob + C - Payment received
    - Trixster - ALU - part “C” - Payment received
    - Rakeim132 - WHITE 9003 - Front Bezel + Power Knob + A + B + C - Payment received
    - AndreasNE - No response, regarded as withdrawn
    - Porklip - WHITE 9003 - Front Bezel + Power Knob + A + B + C + D
    - Payment received
    - Northway - ALU - Front Bezel + Power Knob + B -
    Payment received
    - Indigoprime - WHITE 9002 - Front Bezel + Power Knob + A + B + C + D
    - Payment received
    - Bandaren - WHITE 9003 - Front Bezel + Power Knob + A + B + C + D
    - Payment received
    - GeorgeJ - WHITE 9003 - Front Bezel + Power Knob + A + B + C + D -
    Payment received
    - GMilner - WHITE 9002 & ALU -
    Front Bezel + Power Knob + A + B + C + D - Payment received
    - Gabo - WHITE 9003 - Front Bezel + Power Knob + A
    - Payment received
    - daJimbo - White 9003 & ALU - Front Bezel + Power Know + A + B + C +
    D - Payment received
    - Scooby - White 9003 - Front Bezel + Power Know + A + B + C + D - Payment received
    - 4000pete - White 9003 - Front Bezel + Power Know + A + C + D - Payment received

    I have to postpone ordering (to July 10th) as the delivery times are affected by the current COVID-19 situation. Delivery would be too close to my summer holiday and therefore I would have too little time to prepare all packages. Additionally, if there would be some delay in delivery it could end up in the first days of my holiday. If they can't be delivered, I'm risking that it returns to the sender which we all don't want.
    Last edited by PRS; 13th July 2020 at 16:12. Reason: Cleaned up the post a bit and added pricing of White RAL 9002/9003; Added new ordering date.
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    Sounds interesting, I guess it is for the desktop version? Any photos of how it will be?
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    Ah, yes... For a Desktop A4000. I will adapt the post.

    I love to have a picture, but unfortunately I haven’t found anyone who tried this in the past. I’m afraid you’ll have to use your imagination.
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    This is still a bit vague. Is it a copy of the original or something that just fits the A4000 metal casing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoPyroNoParty View Post
    This is still a bit vague. Is it a copy of the original or something that just fits the A4000 metal casing?
    I think it will be a copy of the original, made by a CNC and anodized aluminum, cut following the stl file you can find on thingyverse for printing a new front bezel in plastic with a 3d printer. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Mmmm it could be very nice, I might be interested.
    It would be great if you can choose the color of the anodized aluminum, are you going to make the power button in aluminum too?
    Why don't you use an indiegogo or a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project?
    Last edited by Madowax686; 28th August 2019 at 21:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madowax686 View Post
    I think it will be a copy of the original, made by a CNC and anodized aluminum, cut following the stl file you can find on thingyverse for printing a new front bezel in plastic with a 3d printer. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madowax686 View Post
    Mmmm it could be very nice, I might be interested.
    It would be great if you can choose the color of the anodized aluminum, are you going to make the power button in aluminum too?
    Why don't you use an indiegogo or a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project?
    That’s also a possibility, but I’m a bit impatient and this would cost only three weeks after payment to the CNC manufacturer. The power button is also a good idea, together with the lower 3 1/2” cover... I will investigate the additional cost associated with that.

    If this doesn’t fly, I will take that in consideration.
    Last edited by PRS; 28th August 2019 at 22:01. Reason: Added powerbutton thoughts
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    Link to thingiverse for the front : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2886182

    Id imagine that fitting and removing would be a royal PAIN if made in aluminium, I had a problem with the original plastic one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technoid View Post
    Link to thingiverse for the front : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2886182

    Id imagine that fitting and removing would be a royal PAIN if made in aluminium, I had a problem with the original plastic one...
    Given the right width of the aluminum clips I don't think so, alluminum can be quite flexible, I would be less worried than with the original plastic clips that can be easily broken when you apply a bit too much pressure. You can also easily convert the clips to screw holes in the new bezel , the holes for the clips in the metal chassis can easily accept m3 screws+washer like the ones used for the motherboard with no modification to the original metal case, you can modify the stl design with threaded M3 turrets instead of the clips and it will fit nicely and secure.
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    The original clips are a right bloody pita! the designers of this never really saw past fit-once and leave it! Amiga owners are unable to leave things alone lol.

    The prospect of a metal front is becoming more attractive the more I think of it! I have not bothered to get the 3D one printed as the quality is nevr going to be great, until the printers get better. Unless there is a company that does perfect copies in plastic?

    Liking the idea of having the mounting posts/towers tapped to M3 screws! it will still be fiddly to fit but way more secure
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    I was thinking myself of cutting these clips partially away and glue some neodymium magnets in place, so the will grap the metal case of the A4000...

    Easy to remove and place back again... No fiddling with screws or clips.
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