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post #21 of 31
Acrylic is brittle. Keep that in mind. IT will break if it's flexed too much, and it can spider out too. I would highly recommend building the case out of wood first. IT will me MUCH more forgiving. Once you've given that a go, I would get some 1/4" polycarbonate for any flat panels, 1/2" polycarbonate for structural support, and 1/16" acrylic for anything that may need to be bent or rounded. You can't bend polycarbonate like you can acrylic, but I can take one of the 4' x 5' x 1/4" sheets I have, bend it in the middle, and sit on the top edge, and it will support my weight no questions asked. And I weigh 200lbs.

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post #22 of 31
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Would you recommend using 1/4" thick polycarbonate to support a mobo?
post #23 of 31
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Would you recommend using 1/4" thick polycarbonate to support a mobo?

That would be fine for a motherboard. Polycarbonate is very strong, it's what bullet proof glass is made of.
post #24 of 31
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That would be fine for a motherboard. Polycarbonate is very strong, it's what bullet proof glass is made of.

Very nice to hear

What about a PSU? Specifically the HCG-750. Would another sheet support it?

I plan on having the mobo and stuff on the first tray and the PSU on the bottom tray
post #25 of 31
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Very nice to hear
What about a PSU? Specifically the HCG-750. Would another sheet support it?
I plan on having the mobo and stuff on the first tray and the PSU on the bottom tray

Let me put it to you this way. We use 1/4" polycarbonate to keep robotic arms in their enclosures. Polycarbonate will support ANYTHING you could want to realistically put into a computer. If you are worried about it sagging due to the weight of the PSU, don't worry about it. The PSU would need to be a solid block of lead to make it sag. And even at that point the actual structural integrity of the case itself would come into play.

This is my current build, and all the see though parts are polycarbonate (albeit very dirty):

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post #26 of 31
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Thank you for your help

I will be building this soon biggrin.gif
post #27 of 31
show off but help full

is it wrong that i spend a lot of time with free ayliic than i do with every thing else
 
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is it wrong that i spend a lot of time with free ayliic than i do with every thing else

Free acrylic is the best kind of acrylic imo. biggrin.gif

Gotta promote here and there lol and keep in mind I just want to help smile.gif
post #29 of 31
yea i found 6 half inch sheets in front of american apparel

i love them i could make a door out of one of them


i had to show off my luck after you posted that sexy beast up there
 
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post #30 of 31
Have a look at these articles for some help with design,
http://www.losias.net/content.php/62-So-you-want-to-build-a-scratch-mod-Part-1
http://www.losias.net/content.php/75-So-you-want-to-build-a-scratch-mod-Part-2

For actual fabrication if your working with Aluminium (which I recommend) have a look at these,
http://www.stillthinking.com.au/guidelist.html

I haven't done alot of acrylic work myself but I think theres some information around if you look for it, I also recommend reading as many project logs as you can. I also recommend learning to use Trimble Sketchup as its really helpful for designing cases.

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