3D Printed Hard Drive mount for 27″ iMac

One of my delightful neuroses is collecting abandoned non-functioning macs and fixing them. Last week I managed to pick up a completely dead 2010 one for $174, all parts included, just totally dead. Today I got the carcus of another for $51 (no screen, no memory, no motherboard, no glass). The carcus’ power supply happens to work and the $174 unit’s problem was exactly that – a dead PSU.

I needed a hard drive bracket/strap/clamp and had none. I measured as best I could with my plastic callipers (seriously the most useful tool of all time, maybe more useful than computers themselves). I used Sketchup to CAD a little hack to do the job. It’s not pretty and I’m a bit concerned about how hot these things can get, but I figure “meh, fuck it”.

I’ve published the file for the mount on thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2152134

PS – these open and exposed PSU-guts have taught me a little about AC shocks. As a Computer Engineer, my preferred domain is low-voltage DC. Frick. AC makes me a little twitchy now. 😉

¡Mi cumpleaños número 27, en México hermoso!


Check out some more photos here.

Ding, I just hit “level 27”..
Well, here we’ve yet another year past.

You know, when I was about 20, I decided that 25 would be an amazing year for me. I thought I’d be done school and would have torn in to some great work by then. As it turned out, 25 was a good year, but nothing like 26 has been.

It would seem 26 was the year (and then some), that I thought 25 would be. What an absolutely awesome year it has been. I finished my degrees, continued a rewarding & deep relationship (with a pet raptor), bought a(n ancient) house and made ridiculous head-way on my career plans. And to top it all off, I got to end the year of 26 in (muy hermoso) Cancun, Mexico.

Suffice to say, the world has been so kind to me. Universe, from the bottom of my (robotic?) heart, I thank you.