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post #1 of 33
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I need the advice of some modders on here far more accomplished than I am.

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I wanted to recreate something similar in my 800d midpanel. What I was thinking was leaving the edging of the midpanel in place as a brace, but cutting out a majority of it and placing a translucent top piece of white acrylic to diffuse the light, a bottom piece of reflective acrylic and white LEDs sandwiched between.

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Unfortunately murdermod is pretty tight lipped when it comes to their methodologies and even the ones they fabricated for the TJ07 are no longer offered for sale.
post #2 of 33
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So based on my research, it looks like electroluminescent panels are the way to go with this.

I ordered two A5 panels, which are almost a perfect fit, and the necessary 12v inverters. I also ordered one sheet of 40% translucent white acrylic and one sheet of 20% translucent white acrylic (not sure which one will work better here).
post #3 of 33
Couple ways to do it:
1. Aidan has a worklog posted of his current build and he describes how he made his in great details in his worklog. Basically acrylic sheet with holes drilled in it to stick leds.
http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-work-logs/1093495-tj07-black-white-blue.html

2. Cyberdruid has a whole buncha tutorials on working with acrylic here, including EL strips to backlight
http://www.overclock.net/cyberdruidpc/1105184-how-work-acrylic-tips-tricks-ideas.html

3. Look over this post, it's German but pics are pretty self explanatory. Very easy and cheap way to do it.
http://www.hardwareluxx.de/community/f141/rund-um-das-slight-701766.html
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post #4 of 33
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Originally Posted by banthracis;15072213 
Couple ways to do it:
1. Aidan has a worklog posted of his current build and he describes how he made his in great details in his worklog. Basically acrylic sheet with holes drilled in it to stick leds.
http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-work-logs/1093495-tj07-black-white-blue.html

2. Cyberdruid has a whole buncha tutorials on working with acrylic here, including EL strips to backlight
http://www.overclock.net/cyberdruidpc/1105184-how-work-acrylic-tips-tricks-ideas.html

3. Look over this post, it's German but pics are pretty self explanatory. Very easy and cheap way to do it.
http://www.hardwareluxx.de/community/f141/rund-um-das-slight-701766.html

Hey thanks so much for the response. I'll give them a look.

Edit: It looks like in post 3, that's the most effective way to go but they actually laser etched a piece of clear acrylic to act as a diffuser. I unfortunately don't have access to those sorts of toys frown.gif I'll see what I can come up with.
Edited by Genny - 9/26/11 at 11:54am
post #5 of 33
I had some acrylic laser etched, and it's reletively cheap . . . especially if you are doing a full panel and not a design. Call around to any of your local sign/trophy shops, and they can help you out.

For a panel the size for the 800d, I'd guess the price for laser etching would be in the neighborhood of $20-ish not including materials.
post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by Bear907;15072981 
I had some acrylic laser etched, and it's reletively cheap . . . especially if you are doing a full panel and not a design. Call around to any of your local sign/trophy shops, and they can help you out.

For a panel the size for the 800d, I'd guess the price for laser etching would be in the neighborhood of $20-ish not including materials.

That's certainly doable. I don't have the measurements with me at work, but it's somewhere around 17" x 7".
post #7 of 33
Yeah, that shouldn't be an issue for most shops. The local shop that did mine had a size limit of 25" (or close to it) for their laser rig. I provided the materials, and the artwork for 5 panels of varying size - the two biggest about 2ft x 2ft. The whole lot ran me less than $100.

Post pics when you do your project so we can see how it turns out. Happy modding!
post #8 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Genny;15072868 
Hey thanks so much for the response. I'll give them a look.

Edit: It looks like in post 3, that's the most effective way to go but they actually laser etched a piece of clear acrylic to act as a diffuser. I unfortunately don't have access to those sorts of toys frown.gif I'll see what I can come up with.

You can just get frosted acrylic to act as a diffuser.
Don't even need to bother with the extra step.

Cheap, great source that does custom size cutting as well.
http://www.vipplastics.com/acrylic_plexiglass_plastic_sheet_sale_instant_quote_calculator.php
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post #9 of 33
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Success!

Bit of a pain in the ass to photograph with my little point and shoot, but it turned out pretty good. Through extensive trial and error, I can tell you that the frosted acrylic will not get you the desired result of perfectly diffuse light. It will light up half the acrylic pretty nicely and dim from there. A strip of LEDs on both sides might work with frosted acrylic, however.

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My first attempt with a bitfenix LED strip tried to kill me. No idea if this was just a fluke or if they have incredibly poor quality control. It took about 2.5 seconds powered on before this happened.

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Edited by Genny - 10/14/11 at 9:38pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Genny;15314686 
Success!

Bit of a pain in the ass to photograph with my little point and shoot, but it turned out pretty good. Through extensive trial and error, I can tell you that the frosted acrylic will not get you the desired result of perfectly diffuse light. It will light up half the acrylic pretty nicely and dim from there. A strip of LEDs on both sides might work with frosted acrylic, however.

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Awesome! care to share you accomplished this?
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