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As im not impressed with my case that im using now( some ghetto rigging there and there to better airflow) im thinking to make testbench. In my plans its gonna be made from 3mm thick acrylic sheet. Case IO pannel and expansion slots gonna be made maybe from acrylic too, this one thing left to decide. Gonna put there a mounting for 240 or 360 rad maybe later getting a to a water cooling), and some shiny tiny leds biggrin.gif
So had made that thing but it was ugly looking with clear arylic. remade whole thing and made it a lot smaller. All jobs on acylic made with my bare hands ( and also some tools). So dont judge too much biggrin.gif
Whats left:
1. cut one or two holes for cable management
2. add led strip under mobo
3. fire up that shmexy beast biggrin.gif
2.5. Also mount hdd;s and power supply smile.gif
And where im now at:
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Edited by mr one - 7/14/12 at 10:51am
post #2 of 52
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just got some news from acrylic seller, and it seems that i hate a bit more this country because it still using some comunistic-capitalistic idealism, here is only a few shops that sells this stuff smile.gif and im gonna still get it biggrin.gif
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I'm assuming that drawings not to scale? Also I hope those fan holes aren't for 30-40mm fans :O?
 
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I'm assuming that drawings not to scale? Also I hope those fan holes aren't for 30-40mm fans :O?

four on a mobo tray is for wc tubes, gonna remake thoose, yeah holes for fans isnt at scale made, but almost all thoose things are smile.gif
and just got pissed how our buyer support works, they acting like: oh come on just read this and i thinks its gonna be enough for you, and if you wanna some info about this ant that then just turn away and go through this door, and btw see ya maybe later!
post #5 of 52
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ok, if there is a person who knows more info than me about acrylic than that person input would be welcome, im kinda stuck now with theese options, use a 5mm thick or go with 3mm thick acylick sheet, because i wanna blue or other colour (better would be not too shiny) acrylic use at this one project and as i see seller has only 3mm thick, it would be enough?
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Aded aluminium option in poll because here i can go cheaper, i jus did some calculaions and this is how it goes if i choose acrylic
1x 1 square meter of acrylic 3mm thick, blue, 28% light penetration ( idk how to write this thing biggrin.gif ) cost 33.74 USD. Plus bending and cutting 30USD
Aluminium. 1x1 square meter of aluminium minimum 3mm thick gonna cost 10 USD, 5mm.... cant find. Bending and cutting: I can do it smile.gif
so its like that we have a winner for less cost biggrin.gif
post #7 of 52
To be fair 5mm acrylic would be stronger and probably won't droop under heavier load but harder to bend and more expensive
3mm is cheaper easier to work with but not as strong
Now aluminium 3mm is a bit extensive I would have gone for 1.5mm and it's cheaper too and aluminium is quite strong and won't droop

In my opinion I would go for aluminium and paint it, but that's just what I would do
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To be fair 5mm acrylic would be stronger and probably won't droop under heavier load but harder to bend and more expensive
3mm is cheaper easier to work with but not as strong
Now aluminium 3mm is a bit extensive I would have gone for 1.5mm and it's cheaper too and aluminium is quite strong and won't droop
In my opinion I would go for aluminium and paint it, but that's just what I would do

as about aluminium, yeah its kinda really cheaper and you can use a less thicker material, but ohhhh acrylic sooo good looking biggrin.gif i little hatin that idea about alu that needs rivets to connect some spots and stuff, you say that 1.5mm is enough? but its gonna look like paper biggrin.gif
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as about aluminium, yeah its kinda really cheaper and you can use a less thicker material, but ohhhh acrylic sooo good looking biggrin.gif i little hatin that idea about alu that needs rivets to connect some spots and stuff, you say that 1.5mm is enough? but its gonna look like paper biggrin.gif

Yes it will look and feel like paper but you would underestimated its strength I picked up a few sheets of 1.5 the other day and it's sturdy stuff
And joining methods rivets are easy and can look nice with good concealment but you could always go down the brazing route if you care so much about it
And I prefer the look of aluminuim I think it looks cleaner than acrylic and acrylic looks cheaper if you know what I mean
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post #10 of 52
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Yes it will look and feel like paper but you would underestimated its strength I picked up a few sheets of 1.5 the other day and it's sturdy stuff
And joining methods rivets are easy and can look nice with good concealment but you could always go down the brazing route if you care so much about it
And I prefer the look of aluminuim I think it looks cleaner than acrylic and acrylic looks cheaper if you know what I mean

oh ill think about it smile.gif tomorrow maybe gonna go around some shops and look what they can give for a usual customer biggrin.gif
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