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post #1 of 16
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Hey everyone,
I want to attempt making my own case, as in: From scratch. I was just wondering if some of you could help me by listing some nice materials to use (preferably as many different ones as possible) so I know if I even need to bother planning everything out so well (cause if everything is too expensive I can't build it anyway)
Thanks in advance biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 16
acryllic, wood, and sheet metal come to mind as cheap and easy to work with. I also consider the ease of use in that order.
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acrylic isn't always as easy to work with than sheet metal or wood because it can sometimes be a pain... Also the fact that it either cracks or melts when ever you do something with it.
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For reference on the price of acrylic. I bought 2 1x1x9.5 pieces and it cost me 14.00. I thought this a bit expensive but I have never bought any acrylic before.
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post #5 of 16
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Thanks everyone great answers so far. But how do I work with all that material... I don't have a laser cutter or any machine like that. What would be cheap tools to cut all those things precisely and clean?
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Acrylic can be easy to work with. I believe you can cut it with an X-Acto knife. TAP Plastics has some drill bits for drilling plastic. You can simply drill holes and use rivets to secure the sheets together. Rivets are easy to install. I believe MNPCTech has a video on how to install them.
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post #7 of 16
I have a shop cut my acrylic when I want a real nice cut.
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post #8 of 16
FTW PC has a laser cutting service. I find it costly though, no offense FTW PC. Laser is costly though...
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post #9 of 16
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But metals, for example (ones used for PC Modding). How do you cut them and bend them so perfectly?
Is there a way for me to do that at home, or do I have to give it to some kind of shop to do?
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post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Alpha Blob;14406559 
But metals, for example (ones used for PC Modding). How do you cut them and bend them so perfectly?
Is there a way for me to do that at home, or do I have to give it to some kind of shop to do?

you can heat it up a little and get a clamp to hold and bend while heating. Its actually not that hard. You just need something that can heat the metal up a bit like a blow torch. That is if its thick. But if its less aluminum you can probably bend it very easily with a clamp.
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