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The start of my modding the Fractal Arc Mid. People with case 'cutting' experience help me out.

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My plan is as follows;

- Cut window
- Get black and white sleeved cables and white led lighting
- Loop 240 for CPU
- Get 2 or maybe just 1 new series GPU depending on their increase in performance
- WC GPU's

I figure step by step in baby steps is the way to go rather than buying everything at once and deciding after one week I hate the extra work and never complete it.

So cutting a nice window is my first job. I was going to cover the side panel in non-residue masking tape by 3M, draw on the window design I draw in SketchUp, drill a hole for the jigsaw blade, begin cutting ever so slowly, smooth and sand edges. I have no idea where to get something to finish the edges other than the UChannel by MNPCTech and I'm in AUS so it will take weeks to come and cost heaps in shipping :/ I also don't know what jigsaw blade I should use, or dremmel disc, whatever works better?

TLDR:

- Whats some good material to finish the edges that I could buy from a local hardware store?
- What jigsaw blad/dremmel disc should I use? Which of the above tools should I use?

Thanks, much appreciated! I look forward to showing you all the finished result! This case will look mean with a window!
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Looking forward to this !
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Looking forward to this !

I hope to get it done in the next 2 weeks depending on how long I have to wait for all the acrylic and UChannel (if I can't get it elsewhere) to arrive.

I have 3 months of holidays though, just finished school tongue.gif, so hopefully by January it should be pretty much done, save for the new GPU's!

Thanks for the reply anyway, once I sort myself out I might start a build log or something! Not many people have done much to this case which sucks frown.gif
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I would suggest that you hone your cutting skills on scrap rather than on a one-shot final result.

What you cut with is really up to you. All tools have benefits and drawbacks.

A Jigsaw is aggressive and can produce a hideous result in the hands of an amateur with no experience.

One slip with a cutting wheel (Dremel or other) can leave a gash where you do not want it, and making any sort of radius requires finesse. Also it is slow and tedious.

Water jet or laser could easily cost you less than buying the tools (and/or replacement panel lol). You may want to locate a metal shop in your area that can provide that service.

I use a combination of tools rarely used by other modders so I won't even go there.
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I would suggest that you hone your cutting skills on scrap rather than on a one-shot final result.
What you cut with is really up to you. All tools have benefits and drawbacks.
A Jigsaw is aggressive and can produce a hideous result in the hands of an amateur with no experience.
One slip with a cutting wheel (Dremel or other) can leave a gash where you do not want it, and making any sort of radius requires finesse. Also it is slow and tedious.
Water jet or laser could easily cost you less than buying the tools (and/or replacement panel lol). You may want to locate a metal shop in your area that can provide that service.
I use a combination of tools rarely used by other modders so I won't even go there.

Haha well I have everything already, my dad has a pretty mint workshop. We even have a lathe, plus every other hand and electric tool I'll ever need, a bench grinder, a drill press, drop saw, welder, silver solder blowtorch and a bandsaw etc etc etc. So I already have the dremmel and the jigsaw and have used the jigsaw many times on plywood but never sheet metal so I'm not too bad but yes I was going to put in a bit of practice first so thanks! smile.gif

I tried practicing with the dremmel aluminium oxide discs I think they were and they would just wear down every couple of inches, it was a bitter thicker than normal, but still.. and it took ages. Unless there is some special disc I need to use it seems like the most painful.

I'm no novice in the workshop, I have spent many hours helping my dad as well as building stuff on my own plus i took classes at school in it, I've worked mostly with wood but I've done bits and pieces with sheet metal. I just wanted ot know the optimal method and procedure and peoples experiences doing stuff so I didn't make an rookie errors!

Thanks for the advice thus far!
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I have no idea where to get something to finish the edges other than the UChannel by MNPCTech and I'm in AUS so it will take weeks to come and cost heaps in shipping :/ I also don't know what jigsaw blade I should use, or dremmel disc, whatever works better?

TLDR:

- Whats some good material to finish the edges that I could buy from a local hardware store?
- What jigsaw blad/dremmel disc should I use? Which of the above tools should I use?

For finishing the edge of the window get the rubber u-channel from McMaster Carr. Just search for item # 8510K11. They sell if for $0.37/ft. Shipping is uselly around $6.

For the jig saw blade you will want a blade witth around 20-22 tpi (teeth per inch). I would use a Dremel metal cutting disc to cut a slit to insert the jigsaw blade in rather than drilling a hole. You can then start your cut exactly inline with the window rather than trying to cut from a round hole to get the the edge of the window.
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I prefer to use a Fein Multimaster and I stick wood strips down with foam tape and use a Swiss steel circular cutting blade on the multimaster and dip that in tapmatic cutting wax repeatedly. This will leave an edge that is actually smoother than laser cutting and needs no C channel. Unlike a jigsaw there is no chance of rippling the metal or scratching the "saved" zone beside the cut because the sacrificial guide piece of wood protects it. You can use this technique with steel or aluminum panels and you can have radius corners if you drill the corners first and work up to them. I never use a Dremel for anything...its not really a tool IMO but a glorified toy. I only use a jigsaw to cut away waste material...with aluminum I use a router and template to remove that final 1/8" of material.

Like I said there are many ways to get the same results.
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How did you go with your window?

I've done this with mine, came out really good, could have been a little wider though.

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