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
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