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Open Benchtable Gets Plasti-Dip Paint Job

It’s always great to see what enthusiasts who have purchased an Open Benchtable do with it once they get their hands on it. Of course one of the primary concepts that drives the OBT project is the spirit of creativity and the ability to modify and customize the product to meet any specific needs a user might have. One such example which recently appeared on the HWBOT forum was from Enthusiast Uing07. Not completely happy with the finish of the OBT, he decided to give it a customized paint job using a product called Plasti Dip. The end results are, admittedly, pretty impressive.

The finish on the Open Benchtable is pretty unique. First it gets sandblasted to remove blemishes and scars that can occur during the CNC cutting process. This gives it a smooth, grainy feel that makes it feel polished. It’s then anodized to create the final silver color and make it more scratch proof. Uing07 opted to create his own unique finish using Plasti Dip, a product described by the manufacturer as an air-dry, multi-purpose rubber coating. Uing07 chose to use four colors of Plasti Dip to complete his creation; Matte Black, Gunmetal Gray, Metallic Silver and Clear.

Step one was a simple coating of Matte Black. in fact several coast were added, basically as an undercoat. After adding a coating of Gun Metal Gray, he then used a thatched draw cover to create a pretty unique square pattern. The end result is pretty impressive. Check out the image gallery below to see what I mean.

The custom paint job certainly look quite different from the original silver / metallic finish. In fact it looks pretty awesome in its own unique way. You can check out the original forum post from Uing07 on the HWBOT forum here.

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Open Benchtable Community Projects and Source Pages Added

The Open Benchtable project from the outset has been a collaboration of several people trying to create a unique benchtable design that exceeds what was available in the market. Indeed the name of the product is taken from the idea of being an open project where community members, owners and other creative people can contribute their ideas to help the product to evolve and improve. It is for these reasons that we have added a new section to the OBT website called ‘Community Projects’. The idea is to create a space where anyone with ideas for any OBT related accessory or tool can share their ideas or designs with other like minded individuals.

Each of these new Community Projects has four important things; the name of the author or project leader, a description of the project, the license involved, a link to support forum and the supporting files needed to get involved and make a contribution. So far we have two Community Projects added to the page, both involving simple 3D printing designs that anyone can use, tweak and possibly even improve upon. Let’s have a quick look at them:

3D Printable Replica Brackets

The first project that was added to the Community Projects section is very simplistic. By using a 3D printer capable of using LPA (bioplastic) it is in fact quite easy to print replica brackets that can used instead of the regular aluminum brackets that come with the Open Benchtable. These are identical in size and shape to the originals and surprisingly durable and resilient.

The files needed to print your own brackets as well as links to the community forum page can be found here: https://openbenchtable.com/community/3d-print-original-size-brackets-open-benchtable/

SFX to ATX Power Supply Adapter

The second Community Project actually came about when the notion of SFX power supply compatibility was mentioned on an OC-TV podcast. A HWBOT community member heard the podcast and proceeded to develop his own design for an ATX to SFX adapter. Since the design was created, Timothee (OBT Project leader) has attempted some trial runs with a 3D printer to see if the adapter actually works. So far the design does indeed work, although it needs a few modifications to be 100% compatible with the Open Benchtable. Doubtless the development will continue and a fully functioning version will emerge.

You can check out the ATX to SFX adapter here on the related Community Project page: https://openbenchtable.com/community/3d-print-sfx-atx-power-supply-adapter/

Open Source

We have also added section to the website where you can learn more about the open source nature of the OBT project and licenses and restrictions involved with using the source materials now available from the site. You can learn more on this topic here: https://openbenchtable.com/source/

Don’t Have a Benchtable Yet?

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Pictures – Community Members Show-off their Benchtable

Show us some pictures! The Open Benchtable is shipping since two weeks. And of course, everyone is excited to receive their order! But what is even more exiting is to see how each community member is using his own table. Becasue the design of the table is so flexible, there are hundreds of possible combinations to mount items on the table and arrange each component to ones liking.

Enough talking, here come the pictures :

We’ve collected these pictures through our forums but also across Facebook. If you want to have your rig featured and added to this gallery – simply send us some pictures (or start a new thread on the forums) and we will share.

Show us how you’ve build your system!

Not ordered yet ?

You can order your Open Benchtable now for $149 USD (Community Edition – incl. Open Benchtable + traveler sleeve). We are now handling shipping within 72h on business days from reception of payement.