Originally Posted by feznz
Wow awesome job there I have to admire those who have such eye to small details
Makes my build a bit of a country pumpkin
which I will be pulling down to change a few things and put in my GTX 770's what I ended up getting for a RMA replacements for my GTX 580s
Thanks! That should be a nice upgrade and a decent savings on power draw while you're at it as well!
Well things got a whole lot more frustrating... and better at the same time on my light panel. Since you couldn't order custom cut Acrilite panels in widths less than 12" for a single dimension from the provider (OK - I couldn't figure it out at least... somehow Mandrix figured it out how to) I had this 'great idea' of just getting the right length in double the width required. So I ordered my EndLighten and white acrylic panels in 14.25" X 19" - so allowing for up to a .25" kerf I'd get two 7"X19" panels.
My thought was that I could then have the best of both worlds... one set of panels to drill holes in and a second identical set without them. So if I later changed my configuration (or if I completely botched the first set of panels somehow) I'm still golden. I figured I'd just take them to Lowes and have them cut on their glass/acrylic panel saw and I'd be good to go. Well, Lowes (at least the one I went to) refused to cut panels that weren't theirs!
I even offered to buy a cheap sheet of their acrylic if they would cut my sheet instead... no go - despite the fact that they charge
you for cutting separately
! So I figured I'm just going to have to buy a plastic blade for my table saw and go from there.
Well, those lemons are about to become lemonade - because on a whim I did some web searches for plastics fabricators in the area and I found this little gem of a company
is located right here.
And laser cutting of 1/4" thick acrylic is billed out at $.30/in - minimum order of $25 but they'll reduce this for simple designs. So I'm going to have everything laser cut including all of my holes, etc. - that way they'll not only be precise, but laser smooth so I don't even have to mess with polishing, etc.
Only issue now is having to do all my measuring precisely and drawing up everything in TurboCAD to provide them as cutting templates. So it may add a week or so to the time until it's completed, but it should be really clean. Plus it's gotten me really excited to use them for a scratch build down the road since I know I can have everything laser cut pretty cheaply!