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Published on: September 5, 2013 / Comments: 2

Xbox Controller Case Mod

This may be just the hack I need to keep my kids from hogging the Xbox.  Inspired by the late ’90′s film eXistenZ our hacker friend ‘leftmusing’ came up a mod that might just make you squirm a little.

Sculpted Xbox Controller Mod Parts

After carefully opening the case she applied a little dish soap as a releasing agent.  Then she sculpted Sculpey Polymer Clay into the desired disturbing shape.  Parts of the mold were too thin so she broke it into smaller more manageable chunks and then baked it in the over at 275F for about 10 minutes.

After baking she used a little sandpaper to adjust the fit.  She used epoxy to bond the parts back together and also mixed the dust from sanding with a little epoxy to fill in the gaps. She finished it off with a bit or paint and clear coat.  See more build photos after the break.

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Published on: July 24, 2013 / Comments: 1

Give your acrylic project that polished look

Acrylic is a great medium for DIY projects.  From laser cutters to CNC milling, people are making more and more things out of acrylic.  In Ben’s case he is milling custom-made lenses and is looking for the best method to polish them to a glass-like finish.   Ben really does a great job of going through the gamut of acrylic polishing techniques, and mixing and matching to see composite results.

I really thought that the flame technique and the vapor technique would have yielded better results.  Ultimately good ol’ fine grit sandpaper seems to be the best bet.  Well I’m just glad Ben took the guess-work out for the rest of us.  Next time you are milling your acrylic or get some laser cutter splatter, don’t be afraid to hit it with a fine grit sandpaper, then move up to a ultra-fine grit sandpaper (in Ben’s video, he gets up to 2000 grit which is probably the best you’ll find easily).