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I just ordered a new Case (Corsair 600T) and am thinking about adding a PSU cover / shroud. What would be the best way to go about this? The material type doesnt matter as long as the finished product is black in color. Any tips? This is my first venture into case mods! biggrin.gif


Here's an example
http://www.techpowerup.com/gallery/2500.html
post #2 of 13
Most hardware stores have a decent selection of aluminum sheet metal.

http://www.mnpctech.com/ also has a great selection of different mesh patterns. If you aren't experienced with working and bending sheet metal it might be a little harder than you think. Once you bend it it's virtually impossible to go back. You need to have a plan on how you are going to bend everything ahead of time and in what order you will make the bends.
    
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Yeah, I figured the bending part is where most of my hardship will be. I'll definitely have to plan this out, heh. Thanks for the inputs!
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I built something similar. Was actually really easy, just cut, bend and paint. Of course I had access to a paint and bodywork shop. Getting to be friends with the guy that owned the place was probably the best decision I ever made when I got into case modding biggrin.gif He had every drill, paint, cutting or welding tool I could possibly need. To all the case modders out there, definitely get to know the guys at your local autobody repair shop.
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I picked up one of these...works great for me.
Makes nice clean bends...just clamp it to your work bench.
http://www.harborfreight.com/garage-shop/metal-shaping-equipment/18-inch-bending-brake-39103.html
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Originally Posted by longroadtrip;15370430 
I picked up one of these...works great for me.
Makes nice clean bends...just clamp it to your work bench.
http://www.harborfreight.com/garage-shop/metal-shaping-equipment/18-inch-bending-brake-39103.html

Hey!! That's what the guy in the repair shop used to bend mine biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by longroadtrip;15370430 
I picked up one of these...works great for me.
Makes nice clean bends...just clamp it to your work bench.
http://www.harborfreight.com/garage-shop/metal-shaping-equipment/18-inch-bending-brake-39103.html

Holy crap I had no idea they were that cheap! I've always wanted one but never even considered buying one because I figured it would be at least $100.


OP I forgot to add, make sure that the aluminum you get is made for bending. I've gotten some aluminum sheet metal that simply tore and cracked with I tried to bend it on a brake. I don't know what alloy it was, it was just some surplus crap a buddy had laying around that he let me have. If you make soft curves like what is in the pictures you linked you should be fine. I was trying to make sharp 90 degree bends.
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It's nice to be able to make custom case parts whenever you need them...gives you a lot of freedom to utilize your creativity.
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that looks great for 90 degree bend, but don't expect it to work wonders for getting the same angel repeatedly without some kind of angle stop, which you could easily make with some bolts( and a protractor if you want a specific angle)

then the only problem is you don't get the flexibility to bend overlapping lips to make stronger corners

heh, i guess i'm taking the metalworking capabilities of a $35 tool to seriously. . .but the angle stop/finding bit is a pretty cheap and easy mod you can do to it
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how about acrylic? granted, my build is all white, but black would'nt change the technique.

i bent all the acrylic in my case with just a heatgun and my hands...well, a chunk of wood helped keep it all straight. i had never done it before, but i am pleased with the results.

acrylic stays pliable for a several seconds to give you time to perfect the bend.

example photo: psu cover, reservior cover, false floor, rear drive bay covers, and all fan side covers were all done in about an hour.
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