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post #1 of 16
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i love working with acrylic cuz that stuff is just sexy.

i was wondering if u guys think a regular Tower acrylic case would be easier to make then a workbench?

anyone with experience?

i got a bunch of acrylic panels 1/8" and a lot of 1/2" acrylic bars for the frame.
im trying to limit how much space it will take up.
mobo will be full size so 12" X 9.6"
water cooling with 2 x 240mm radiators stealth fan w/ shroud so about 1"

im thinking a workbench right now i im setting up a Google SketchUp to visual see what it would look like.

mobo on top section and psu water cooling stuff on the bottom.


anyone have pics of urs or others acrylic case? that i can get some inspiration out of

thanks
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now im just thinking of using acrylic bars and one panel on the bottom cuz of the psu.
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post #3 of 16
1/8 probably will not be strong enough if they are carrying structural loads and/or the weight of components; I'd suggest at least /16 or preferably 1/4
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post #4 of 16
This thread is worth giving a look through. If you want to save space I personally believe, if done right, a tech bench takes up way less space then a tower. Plus with a tech bench you get open air flow for better temps some times. And you get to stare at your sweet gear!
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This thread is worth giving a look through. If you want to save space I personally believe, if done right, a tech bench takes up way less space then a tower. Plus with a tech bench you get open air flow for better temps some times. And you get to stare at your sweet gear!
thanks that link was gold.

also i believe the 1/2" acrylic bars will be more then enough to reinforce the 1/8" panels. i made a few items out of them before and its incredibly strong when formed in a box.
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post #6 of 16
No problem.

I agree that if you use the bars to create a structural skeleton and use the sheets as covers/panels then you should be fine. There some more plexi/acrylic tech benches around here. I'll see if I can dig up some more.

Edit:
Here we go. a quick search found these.

The Sled by Jolly-Swagman

And theblah's tech bench
Edited by animal0307 - 5/18/11 at 2:55pm
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thanks i already seen the sled one but not the other link thanks.
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post #8 of 16
No problem. Would love to see a build log/concepts if you are going to be making this thing.
post #9 of 16
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im doing it mainly cuz i love working with acrylic. made some aquariums and light stands before.

acrylic bars are cheap their about $6 per 6 feet so i could make a case that looks nice for less then the cheapest case out there.
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post #10 of 16
Sunbeam makes a UFO case that is like what you described. My last iteration used that, and my new build will use it again.
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