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MonsterMawd
04-24-2011, 01:02 PM
http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/3m_di_noc_scotchprint_carbon_fiber_mnpctech3.jpg
3M's new 3M DI–NOC carbon fiber (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) is not a vinyl film. 3M describes it as a "synthetic textile." It's a flexible and lightweight carbon fiber textile with adhesive backing 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.

Tools & Supplies Needed
http://www.mnpctech.com/carbonfiber_gunmetal_titanium_mnpctech.com2.jpg

3M DI-NOC Black carbon fiber film (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html)
Phillips Screw Driver
Xacto Knife
Heat Gun
Scissors
Loctite brand Super Glue

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse1.jpg
I'm using a Steel Series "IKARI" gaming mouse for this tutorial, but you can use your own mouse.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/3m_di_noc_scotchprint_carbon_fiber_mnpctech1.jpg
1' x 1' sheet of 3M DI–NOC carbon fiber film (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) should cover eight PC gaming mice, but we're only doing one.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse2.jpg
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.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse3.jpg
The three screws that hold on the shell are revealed.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse4.jpg
The center shell is held on with two plastic tabs beneath it and one tiny screw.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse5.jpg
Use a Scissors to cut the film about a half inch larger than the mouse shell.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse6.jpg
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

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse7.jpg
3M Dic-NOC requires very little heat before it becomes stretchable, to fit over curved surfaces. My Heat Gun was on it's LOWEST temperature setting.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse8.jpg
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!

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse9.jpg
Once the film is applied evenly, use a Scissors or Xacto knife to remove the extra film around the edges of the mouse.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/3m_di_noc_scotchprint_carbon_fiber_mnpctech2.jpg
Using Xacto knife to clean up the edges of film on the mouse. Now you can re-assemble your mouse shell.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse9a.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mouse9b.jpg
Re-attaching the two skid pads.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/3m_di_noc_scotchprint_carbon_fiber_mnpctech7.jpg
3M DI-NOC carbon fiber (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) does look AND feel like the real thing!

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/3m_di_noc_scotchprint_carbon_fiber_mnpctech6.jpg
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!

pcjunkie209
04-24-2011, 04:54 PM
Very nice indeed! I guess I'll have to frequent your store more often. .... :)

xeromist
04-25-2011, 04:18 PM
Other than look & feel does the cooled skin have any interesting structural properties? Like would it work stretched over a frame?

MonsterMawd
04-27-2011, 07:45 PM
@ pcjunkie, give me heads up in advance before you place order! ;)

@xeromist, Yes, just heat it up, and you can stretch it over curved surfaces!

Check out the "Crumple" test I did

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1147221615#!/video/video.php?v=1879261938413

xeromist
04-27-2011, 08:12 PM
I guess what I'm wondering is if it is still stretchy at the operating temperature of a PC case. Ideally a stretched frame should retain some tension in the covering material but maybe since this is adhesive on the back it wouldn't matter. What I'm thinking is a very lightweight case made of a CF frame with this material stretched over it to give the appearance that the whole thing is CF.

MonsterMawd
04-30-2011, 12:00 PM
Hmmm, probably not the solution you want then. It's best used over surfaces.

MonsterMawd
05-02-2011, 07:41 PM
Peter's Logitech keyboard with 3M Di-Noc Carbon fiber (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) film

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mnpctech_carbon_fiber_di_noc_logitech_keyboard_pet er1.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mnpctech_carbon_fiber_di_noc_logitech_keyboard_pet er2.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mnpctech_carbon_fiber_di_noc_logitech_keyboard_pet er3.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mnpctech_carbon_fiber_di_noc_logitech_keyboard_pet er4.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mnpctech_carbon_fiber_di_noc_logitech_keyboard_pet er5.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mnpctech_carbon_fiber_di_noc_logitech_keyboard_pet er6.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mnpctech_carbon_fiber_di_noc_logitech_keyboard_pet er7.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/mnpctech_carbon_fiber_di_noc_logitech_keyboard_pet er8.jpg

xeromist
05-02-2011, 10:49 PM
Probably feels good under the palms too :)

MonsterMawd
05-03-2011, 10:59 AM
Yes, it does!

Ed sent me a photo of his Corsair 800D with Di-Noc

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/slotrod_case.jpg

MonsterMawd
05-04-2011, 10:19 PM
Applying 3M Di-Noc Carbon Fiber Film (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) to NZXT 120mm cooling fan.

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

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/kustompc_fan_grill_mnpctech2.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/kustompc_fan_grill_mnpctech3.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/kustompc_fan_grill_mnpctech4.jpg

Applying to the back of the fan
http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/kustompc_fan_grill_mnpctech4_carbon_fiber_di_noc.j pg

Applied to the fan hub.
http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/kustompc_fan_grill_mnpctech4_carbon_fiber_di_noc2. jpg

MonsterMawd
06-24-2011, 12:28 PM
Ron's Mouse with Di-Noc Carbon Fiber, http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/3m_di_noc_scotchprint_carbon_fiber_mnpctech_ron1.j pg

MonsterMawd
06-24-2011, 11:14 PM
Jay sent me picture after applying di-noc to his logitech mouse

http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t266/Foamy0665/IMG_20110307_173443.jpg

MonsterMawd
07-08-2011, 09:35 PM
modder, kier sent me this photo today, evga classfied ek chipset waterblock with 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) applied on top

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/carbon_fiber_evga_waterblock_mnpctech.jpg

MonsterMawd
07-09-2011, 12:13 PM
I've had people ask if you can clear coat the 3M carbon fiber material (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html), So Last night I applied Automotive Enamel Gloss Clear coat over the honeycomb fan grill (http://www.mnpctech.com/Computer_Fan_Grills_Laser_PC_Fan_Grills.html) with the di-noc carbon fiber. Here is the results. I'm curious to see what a Matte Finish Clear would look like as well.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/carbon_fiber_pc_fan_grill4.clear1.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/carbon_fiber_pc_fan_grill4.clear2.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/carbon_fiber_pc_fan_grill4.clear3.jpg

MonsterMawd
07-16-2011, 04:51 PM
kier sent me this photo of his Asus Rampage III Extreme with 3M carbon fiber material (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) that really fits the theme nicely!

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/Asus_Rampage_III_Extreme_3M_carbon_fiber_mnpctech. jpg

MonsterMawd
11-24-2011, 12:35 PM
I applied 3M DI-NOC Black carbon fiber film (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) onto the TUF shield on the ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/carbon_fiber_di_noc_3m_mnpctech_asus_motherboard_s abertooth.jpg

You can also apply it onto Power Supplies, Cases, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Drive faces, Headphones, Bezel, Fan controllers, Toggle switchs etc. 3M Di-Noc carbon fiber film (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html)

http://www.mnpctech.com/carbonfiber_gunmetal_titanium_mnpctech.com2.jpg

MonsterMawd
12-05-2011, 01:24 PM
I just finished the Arc for Fractal-Design's booth at 2012 CES with 3M Di-Noc Carbon Fiber sheet (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) applied to the Asus Sabertooth P67 and Power Supply.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/fractal_design_arc_midi_dual_loop_ces_2012_mnpctec h.jpg

xeromist
12-05-2011, 10:18 PM
You know, at first I thought it was waaaay overkill in appearance when just looking at the components but it actually works pretty well in a complete system. :)

killerbicycle
12-14-2011, 07:24 AM
That actually looks pretty sick. I'm quite impressed with the way it has turned out. I'm curious if there are plans for other textures and/or colors.

MonsterMawd
12-24-2011, 01:47 PM
I love how this looks! kier's Power Supply with 3M Di-Noc Carbon Fiber Sheet (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html)

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/3m_di_noc_scotchprint_carbon_fiber_mnpctech_power_ supply_psu.jpg

MonsterMawd
01-25-2012, 12:43 PM
The 120mm honeycomb fan grill (http://www.mnpctech.com/Computer_Fan_Grills_Laser_PC_Fan_Grills.html) and then covered with 3M carbon fiber material (http://www.mnpctech.com/CarbonFiber_Gunmetal_Titanium.html) covered with Plastikote brand "Engine Enamel Clear #229" (http://www.plastikote.com/products/Specialty/Engine-Enamel.html) in July has been holding up perfectly.

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/carbon_fiber_pc_fan_grill4.clear1.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/carbon_fiber_pc_fan_grill4.clear2.jpg

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/carbon_fiber_pc_fan_grill4.clear3.jpg

DaemonCantor
01-25-2012, 03:36 PM
Nice job, 'Shiny!!!' You should set up a line of those at MNPCTech! heck I might even buy a couple!

RoG
02-01-2012, 07:26 PM
I definatly like the logitech keyboard with the 3M carbon fiber material, the whole case in his aspect is just fanatstic!:cool:

MonsterMawd
02-09-2012, 04:03 PM
Thanks for the comments guys! :cool:

Stres
02-09-2012, 06:04 PM
nice one :o

MonsterMawd
02-17-2012, 10:47 PM
I love how kier applied the 3M Di-noc carbon fiber to the exterior of his modified Corsair 600T

http://www.mnpctech.3dpixelnet.com/picture_library/corsair_600t_clear_window_radiator_dream_machine_g aming_pc_dinoc_carbon_fiber_mnpctech_case_mod9a.jp g

LeandroJVarini
02-18-2012, 07:45 PM
to apply the grip on the mouse G9x?

famous1994
02-23-2012, 01:59 AM
Very nice, it gives it a sleek look. I love cf, I wrapped my keyboard in it and a laptop in it too.

wassupdoc
03-03-2012, 04:58 PM
How did you remove the surround on the g110 keyboard? I would very much like to o this to my g510 :D

frisianbear2002
03-03-2012, 05:02 PM
Very nice looks every shot better :)

Giannis996
04-04-2012, 07:31 PM
awesome work with this !!!! ill try to use it on my case and my waterblocks!! gratz!!

GOR52
04-12-2012, 09:38 PM
It looks great!! I will try black & red.

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frisianbear2002
04-13-2012, 01:50 PM
Yeah black and red is a very nice color combination.:D

MonsterMawd
02-06-2013, 01:21 PM
awesome idea, please post your pics!!! :cool:

Rkmapz
01-10-2015, 02:10 PM
One of my favorite modder Bill owen...the modding magician......:)

SinisterDev85
07-14-2016, 02:55 AM
Hrrm. Im wondering if i should have tried the DI NOC for some of my projects. I had gone with the 3m 1080 scotchprint because it was cheaper and easier to find in a 2ft wide roll.
The 1080 worked well on the inside of my PC case, but the Di Noc probably would have beem better for the side panels... The 1080 gets abrasioms more easily... Sounds like the DI NOC would be more resistant to scratches.
Nice work by the way!

SinisterDev85
07-14-2016, 03:12 AM
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