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    Default Do-it-Yourself-Mod: Carbon Fiber Gaming Mouse

    3M's new DI–NOC carbon fiber film that we've started offering can only be described as a "synthetic textile" It's a flexible and lightweight carbon fiber vinyl film that looks like the real thing, only less expensive. It can be installed on both flat and curved surfaces. Textured to the touch, DI–NOC is ideal for the inside and outside of a computer chassis, keyboards, headsets, mice, or even your mobile phone. It's 8.3 mil thick and is very durable, so it withstands outdoor elements. You can apply it on your bicycle, car, or whatever you think deserves.

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    3M DI-NOC Black carbon fiber film

    Phillips Screw Driver
    Xacto Knife
    Heat Gun
    Scissors
    Loctite brand Super Glue


    I'm using a Steel Series "IKARI" gaming mouse for this tutorial, but you can use your own mouse.


    1' x 1' sheet of 3M DI–NOC carbon fiber film should cover eight PC gaming mice, but we're only doing one.


    To remove shell, you need to remove the three screws that are hidden under the front and rear skid pads. Use Xacto knife to start the peel off. You will glue the skid pads back on later.


    The three screws that hold on the shell are revealed.


    The center shell is held on with two plastic tabs beneath it and one tiny screw.


    Use a Scissors to cut the film about a half inch larger than the mouse shell.


    I'm using a Heat Gun with it's own pedestal. You can find Heat Guns on Ebay or local Home Improvement stores from $20 - $100


    3M Dic-NOC film requires very little heat before it becomes stretchable, to fit over curved surfaces. My Heat Gun was on it's LOWEST temperature setting.


    Stretch the warmed film over the mouse, one portion at a time. If you get a wrinkle, then peel off the film, warm it again and re-apply. It may take some practice!


    Once the film is applied evenly, use a Scissors or Xacto knife to remove the extra film around the edges of the mouse.


    Using Xacto knife to clean up the edges of film on the mouse. Now you can re-assemble your mouse shell.




    Re-attaching the two skid pads.


    3M DI-NOC carbon fiber film does look AND feel like the real thing!


    I'm amazed at how durable it is. I could crumple up the film, heat it up, and it became a usable sheet again! After finishing the mouse, I looked around the shop to see what else would be fun to cover with DI-NOC. It would be fun to cover an entire computer case, laptop cover or game console controller. I'll just leave it to your imagination!
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    Very cool MOD thanks for sharing.

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    Nice mod looks great! looks like you applied a lot of glue under the skid pad is it a removable glue?
    and do you think the wifes hair dryer on high would do the trick?
    Last edited by vinman; 11-04-2011 at 20:55.

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    OR, instead of gluing the skates back on, get some "performance" mouse skates. Several brands offer them, but I use Corepad Skatez on my mice.

    Link: http://www.corepad.com/index.php?pagina=products
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    Nice mod looks great! looks like you applied a lot of glue under the skid pad is it a removable glue?
    and do you think the wifes hair dryer on high would do the trick?
    Yes, just may take a little longer to heat up the film.
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    I like the look of the CF film a lot. Nice post!

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    It's nice stuff, here is slotrod's corsair 800D with di-noc carbon fiber film on the exterior

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMawd View Post
    It's nice stuff, here is slotrod's corsair 800D with di-noc carbon fiber film on the exterior


    That looks horrible on the front. Sorry.

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    Why are you apologizing to me? ^

    Applying 3M Di-Noc Carbon Fiber Film to NZXT 120mm cooling fan.

    It's easy to do! Just remove the factory sticker and use that for your template.







    Applying to the back of the fan


    Applied to the fan hub.
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    I'm using the kustompc fan grill, cnc milled from 3/16" thick aluminum and available from kustompc HERE

    Installed on NZXT Phantom case.







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    the 3M film look pretty real it's way much better than the I got.

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    Yes, and feels like the real deal as well..

    just re-stocked 1' x 1' sheets, http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html
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    It's a synthetic textile, so it's amazingly real looking and feeling. It has a 12 year lifespan. We applied it to a friend's Jetta hood last spring and it still looks like new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMawd View Post
    It's a synthetic textile, so it's amazingly real looking and feeling. It has a 12 year lifespan. We applied it to a friend's Jetta hood last spring and it still looks like new.


    That's cheating LMFAO

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    Haha, no doubt
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    More Modding fun with 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film

    This times it's modding an iphone... Pretty easy, just don't cover the camera lense!







    Trace around the backside





    Using Xacto knife to cut the opening for the camera







    Start alignment of the application at the camera lense. Lay your phone down on soft surface, so you won't scratch the screen!



    You can use credit card or drivers license, di-noc surface is very resilient



    Using Xacto on steel surface to cut off excess matrial



    There you have it!
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