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Hi all, am thinking about scratch building a case and was wondering what thickness acrylic I would use, ie 6mm-8mm, and any other info on particular types of acrylic best suited for a case.

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5mm cast acrylic is usually a good bet for structure work while 3mm is good for detailing smile.gif The main thing to remember is to buy cast acrylic as extruded is a lot more difficult to work with and usually "gums up" when cutting.

I recently added a full list of engineering plastics and descriptions to The casemod wiki

Hope that helps smile.gif
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Thanks Editor22, have been looking at local suppliers and wasn't sure of the type I needed, and thx for the wiki link, got some reading to do. smile.gif

One other question, is the the 5mm cast in opaque black a matte finish or is it only gloss? I would prefer a matte finish if I can get it, thx again.
Edited by Krahe - 4/2/12 at 1:51am
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where you from mate? i just built an acrylic htpc case if you need any help, its in my profile or next to my sig rig down bottom thumb.gif
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Hi Jimbags, Im in Melbourne mate, will probarly have a few questions along the way. I've drawn up my design and know what I want to do, its just a matter of knowing what to actually order and finding someone that has what I need.

PS Nice work mate looks brilliant!
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cheers smile.gif i ade mine outa 3mm btw although has an aluminium fram undreneath, i would ratherd 5mm+ tho for counter sinking and tapping things, just an idea, bunnings sell 3 and 5mm btw smile.gif

could you post some pics of your ideas? pretty please smile.gif you gonna do a work log?
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try looking for THIS around thumb.gif
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Thanks Editor22, have been looking at local suppliers and wasn't sure of the type I needed, and thx for the wiki link, got some reading to do. smile.gif
One other question, is the the 5mm cast in opaque black a matte finish or is it only gloss? I would prefer a matte finish if I can get it, thx again.

No worries smile.gif

3mm & 5mm black usually come in a gloss finish like most other colours. You can however get matte black but finding it may be a challenge. I know a lot of stores in the US stock it but as for AUS, if it's anything like the UK you may have troubles!
Your other options would be to spray the case matte black prior to assembly or to lightly sand the black panels taking away the glossed effect.
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5mm is best 8mm is too heavy and expensive to be making a case out or whereas 3mm bends too easily but is cheaper
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I use 1/4 inch myself, seems to work best IMO
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