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im building an SFF case, and im wondering what type of material you use, or have used in the past. im looking at; sheet metal (aluminum, steel, stainless), plexi, polycarbonate, polystyrene,pvc sheets, etc.
i would really like to use a form of acrylic/plastic, and something i can get cheep locally (lowes, home depot, etc.)
im looking for sheets @24x36 , or 6x 12x12 pack.

also, is 3/32' (.093) an acceptable thickness for building a case? it will be a 10x10x10 cube divided in the middle.
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3/32 is probably strong enough but it will be easy to crack if you try to screw or bolt onto it and overtighten. I've never built a computer case but I have lots of experience working with plexi. Thats probably the most common mistake I made while working with acrylic. It's so easy to crack around a circular hole with either a bolt clamping down on it too hard or a screw threading into it.
    
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i'd go for at least 1/8"-/14" depending on how much weight is being held up by the piece

it's more expensive but it's more durable
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i would really like to use 1/4, but its so much more expensive
and its hard to find locally.

im going to pull out the phone book, and look for some local plastic suppliers, and see what i can find.

thanks for the help guys.
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