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I'm thinking of constructing my own case and I'm just wondering if glass would be a good way to go. It's going to be sort of a half open case, basically I'm planning on putting all the components between 2 sheets of glass/acrylic. I want to make some sort of a base for strength, just smething simple, the only other thing I have holding the 2 sides together at the moment is the radiator (I'm using sketchup to plan it). Seeing as it would just be some simple straight cuts could I use glass? I'm also worried about how I'm going to attach everything (reservoir etc) to the material and how it will look. What sort of screws (or anything else?) would I use, any way to make it look decent?
    
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Glass would be nice but Acrylic would be a hell of a lot easier to work with.
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I agree with Bloodbath, glass would give a classy result, but acrylic is probably much easier to work with and much cheaper.
You can also give a look to Corsaronero333's log for his glass build, maybe you can find some inspiration in it.
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I would not try and use glass. Its going to be a real pain to to cut and from and the resulting case will weight a crap-ton. I you think the run of the mill acrylic is to scratch prone then you could look for some high grade Lexan or something similar.
    
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Cutting glass is like cutting tile, which will be incredibly difficult for any reasonably sized piece. If you have the tools (and skills) for the job, go for it. Otherwise you can get it cut somewhere or use high-grade acrylic.
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Originally Posted by carmas View Post

I agree with Bloodbath, glass would give a classy result, but acrylic is probably much easier to work with and much cheaper.
You can also give a look to Corsaronero333's log for his glass build, maybe you can find some inspiration in it.
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wow that looks amazing drool.gif
Now that I think about it, I'm more worried about making the hdd cage and all. I have a dremel but not anything to fold it into shape, at least not anything proper.
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I would not try and use glass. Its going to be a real pain to to cut and from and the resulting case will weight a crap-ton. I you think the run of the mill acrylic is to scratch prone then you could look for some high grade Lexan or something similar.

Does lexan look ok tho? Does it look like acrylic? I don't think acrylic looks too bad but I'm really worried about the scratches
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Cutting glass is like cutting tile, which will be incredibly difficult for any reasonably sized piece. If you have the tools (and skills) for the job, go for it. Otherwise you can get it cut somewhere or use high-grade acrylic.

I have the tool for the dremel to cut glass, skills is another story however redface.gif
    
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wow that looks amazing drool.gif
Now that I think about it, I'm more worried about making the hdd cage and all. I have a dremel but not anything to fold it into shape, at least not anything proper.
Does lexan look ok tho? Does it look like acrylic? I don't think acrylic looks too bad but I'm really worried about the scratches
I have the tool for the dremel to cut glass, skills is another story however redface.gif

Well Lexan is actually a brand like PLEXIGLAS (best know for there Polymethyl methacrylate aka acrylic).

The stuff people usually refer to as acrylic is cheap (poor quality) no name version of what some of PLEXIGLAS's and Lexan's products are. Lexan comes in various gauges and grades. The really high end stuff is what is used on race cars and air planes and is extremely durable. Lower grades is what you might find in a showering booth for example. Still quite durable and scratch resistant and looks very much like glass. The stuff is called Polycarbonate I think.

Fixed for clarity
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You can always practice cutting glass with scrap pieces, then you'll have an idea of how easy/hard it will be
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The biggest problem with glass is not only cutting the initial shape, but also mounting really anything to it. Standoffs? screws? You get the idea... I'm sure it's possible to do safely and cleanly, but if anything it would be a very very expensive build and very time consuming if you were to go with glass.

As for cutting it, I don't think a dremel attachment will suffice if you're talking about a general dremel tool like I think you are. You would probably need one of those tile cutting table saws if you wanted perfectly straight cuts, and glass is not forgiving; if you go crooked on a glass cut, there's no real fudging the lines like if you were using wood for example.

Besides proper cutting tools (assuming you decide to go that route) just Google "Glass hardware" or "Glass standoffs" and you can get an idea of other mounting parts you will probably need.

This sounds like a very very cool idea! If you do decide to do this build I will be the first following your log! smile.gif
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Look for "green edge" acrylic. Looks like actual glass. The biggest problem I see with using actual glass is the possibility of cracking the edges. Set it down wrong and you'll chip it. I'm not saying do not use it, but design a case where it won't be subjected to the slightest bumps on edges.
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