Read­ers’ drives

In a bid to achieve a per­fect bal­ance of func­tion and aes­thet­ics, An­dreas Fred­holm built his own CNC router and spent over 1,000 hours cre­at­ing this stun­ning scratch build

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What orig­i­nally in­spired you to build WingX99?

An­dreas: I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in de­sign and how de­vices work me­chan­i­cally – prob­lem solv­ing is one of my great pas­sions in life. When I look at other PC builds and mods, I can’t help look­ing for parts I’d do dif­fer­ently. No mat­ter how you look at it, no de­sign is 100 per cent per­fect. There’s al­ways a flaw some­where, in­clud­ing in my own de­signs. That’s life, but Wing X99 is my at­tempt to cre­ate a PC with the at­ten­tion to de­tail that I al­ways ad­mire.

Where does name come from?

An­dreas: The project name came along quite fast. I wanted to in­cor­po­rate the reser­voir and pumps di­rectly into the dis­tri­bu­tion block, and I was in the process of try­ing out dif­fer­ent ideas. While I was sketch­ing some mock-ups and de­sign ideas of the reser­voir and the loop, my fi­ancée looked at one par­tic­u­lar de­sign it­er­a­tion and said she thought it looked like a bird wing, or two wings. That’s the ori­gin of the name, and the con­cept around which I built the wa­ter blocks and‘tree style’cable man­age­ment sys­tem.

I think the Wing con­cept idea re­ally goes well with the build de­sign as a whole. I wanted an airy and or­ganic de­sign, rather than just func­tion. By con­trast­ing the me­chan­i­cal and in­dus­trial look with a more light and el­e­gant de­sign, I hoped to take it a step fur­ther.

What other mods have you built?

An­dreas: I’ve not built that many mods be­fore. I ba­si­cally only have one pre­vi­ous scratch build un­der my belt, called Model 01, which I made a few years back. Af­ter that build, I de­cided that I needed a CNC router to take my ideas to the next level, so I spent more than two years build­ing and de­sign­ing my own CNC ma­chine to be able to build this project, and here we are now!

What dif­fi­cul­ties did you come across?

An­dreas: De­sign­ing a ma­chine such as Wing X99, which is specif­i­cally tailored to ev­ery piece of hard­ware, was a ma­jor chal­lenge. Not only did I not know the di­men­sions of my com­po­nents when I started, but I also knew they needed to work with each other in terms of both func­tion and de­sign. It’s been a mas­sive chal­lenge to get it to be both work­ing and aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing.

When you de­sign and build parts tailored for one spe­cific project, any new parts usu­ally build and de­pend upon each other like pieces in a puz­zle. It is hard to go back and change a piece later if the next piece is based on other pieces, so it’s cru­cial to get it all right from the start. The best you can do is be metic­u­lou­sand try to think of po­ten­tial is­sues. If you can avoid any prob­lems be­fore you make them, you save a lot of pain and headaches.

How did you make the wa­ter-cool­ing acrylic sec­tion?

An­dreas: I started by read­ing up on milling acrylic, and look­ing through in­for­ma­tion and data sheets about

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