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Making a larger fan hole in acrylic

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My wife has this Logisys transparent acrylic case. The side panel has a single 80mm fan attached to it. The airflow is decent enough in this case that I don't really need much more than that. However, a tiny 80mm fan just isn't cutting it in the looks department. So I would like to make the hole much larger, 200mm to be exact.



What would be the easiest most cost-effective way of achieving this goal? I have only basic hand tools and a cordless drill to work with currently.

This will show up in a build log within a couple months. Credit will be given to those who help me. I've had plans to mod the crap out of this thing since I bought it last year, but money's been an issue all year. That will change next year as I now have a decent job.
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I used to have almost the exact Logisys case.

I'd get a template, trace it on there and use a jigsaw if you have one. You have to really let the jigsaw do the cutting and make sure you lubercate the blade or it will melt the acrylic and it will gum up the blade. Then file it down smooth.

If you don't have a jigsaw I guess you might be able to use a coping saw if you remove the blade then reattach it when it's in the hole for the fan.
     
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Cool; I think the pawn shop down the street from me has jigsaws for around $15-20. Any particular blade you would recommend?
As for lubrication, what kind should I use? I have some 3-in-1 oil laying around somewhere.

To file it down smooth, what tool would be best for that?

Sorry if these are silly questions; I just wanna do this right the first time, and I'm lacking in experience.
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Cool; I think the pawn shop down the street from me has jigsaws for around $15-20. Any particular blade you would recommend?
As for lubrication, what kind should I use? I have some 3-in-1 oil laying around somewhere.
To file it down smooth, what tool would be best for that?
Sorry if these are silly questions; I just wanna do this right the first time, and I'm lacking in experience.

I'd defnitely say get a jigsaw. Many people say dremel this and dremel that but I like the good old jigsaw. For the blade, I'd think a metal or wood would work fine, I forget what I used.

Yep just something to cool it down, that oil should work fine.

You should use some metal files or maybe some sandpaper.
     
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Thanks for the info! I think that's all I need to know on the subject.

Here's the fan I'm probably going to cover that hole with. Now I just need to figure out what to use as a grill...
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Make sure you cover the side with a couple layers of tape so it dosn't get all scratched.
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Make sure you cover the side with a couple layers of tape so it dosn't get all scratched.

Ah yes, very good idea. I did not do this and got a few scratches myself.
     
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Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
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