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adamski07 Your build is quite impressive, I cannot believe you made those inside cuts by hand it must have taken forever to get them just right! Cutting out things like fan vents is the thing I am most concerned about.
Morencyam Thanks for the tip. I would hate to have gotten things all cut and ready to tap and have the drill snap it in half.
Can either of you recommend a place to purchase sheets of acrylic?
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adamski07 Your build is quite impressive, I cannot believe you made those inside cuts by hand it must have taken forever to get them just right! Cutting out things like fan vents is the thing I am most concerned about.
Morencyam Thanks for the tip. I would hate to have gotten things all cut and ready to tap and have the drill snap it in half.
Can either of you recommend a place to purchase sheets of acrylic?
I just bought mine from Home Depot or Lowes. I found a few websites that had decent prices though. I think eStreetPlastics was one. If I remember any others I'll make sure to post them
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Thanks, their prices look reasonable. I cant wait to get home and make some measurements. biggrin.gif Any thoughts on Polycarbonate instead of acrylic? ...Should I start a new thread? I don't want people getting mad at the new kid for hijacking this thread.
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That's what this thread is for thumb.gif
Polycarbonate would probably would too. I used ABS in some areas and that worked well too.
Google SketchUp is a really easy program to use to design something simple. I used it for the first time to make a model of the scratch case I built.
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SketchUp looks like a fun program to try stuff out, I can see myself loosing hours making things case related or not. Glad I decided to join this board, already learning a bunch of good stuff.thumb.gif
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SketchUp is really fun. It took be a little bit to get used to it, but after playing around for a few hours I got the hang of it and was able to throw together a rough design of what I wanted.

I just added some resource links to the OP today that might come in handy for you once you start building. The best way to get ideas is to just look through other people's scratch build logs and ask questions. We've all been where you are now so don't be afraid to ask. I started this club because there wasn't anything else like for scratch builders to get together and toss around ideas and get input from other, more experienced builders. We all seem to have experience working with different materials(acrylic, aluminum, wood, etc), so most, if not all, of your questions should be able to get answered.
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Hello everyone, I'm new to the boards looking around for some info for a future build and this thread drew me in big time. Seeing all of your amazing work has really got me wanting to try my hand at building my own case. What I have in mind is an acrylic design, but I have very little experience working with it. I'm hoping that someone here has had some luck working with it and could give me some pointers or "If I only knew" advice before I jump in head first. Or possibly point me in the right direction to where I can find some good info on working with acrylic. I wish I was a little more artistic so I could draw up a picture of what I have in mind, I think it will be a pretty unique design. smile.gif

If you want to use acrylic as a medium, I can't help one bit, if you were using wood, I would be able to give advice on that, but I can tell you, if you search around these forums and others, you will find plenty of cases made of pure acrylic.The two on here I definitely recommend checking out are Adamski07's Project Prodigious, and Morencyam's Orange Obsidian. Both wonderful cases that are mostly acrylic.
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If you want to use acrylic as a medium, I can't help one bit, if you were using wood, I would be able to give advice on that, but I can tell you, if you search around these forums and others, you will find plenty of cases made of pure acrylic.The two on here I definitely recommend checking out are Adamski07's Project Prodigious, and Morencyam's Orange Obsidian. Both wonderful cases that are mostly acrylic.
Orange Obsidian? That was just a modded 700D. My scratch case was mostly acrylic though(build log link in sig). It's an aluminum frame with acrylic side panels. Bucshman's scratch build, Acrylic and Aluminum, is a work of art and suggest looking at that too
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Thanks. You could also watch my scratch build. Link on my sig. Ill be using aluminum and acrylic as main materials for it. I already ordered materials needed for the frame. Should be a good example for what u'r asking. Folks here are surely willing to help out. smile.gif
   
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Awesome I'll search it out when I get home. Thanks for the warm welcome!
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