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So I need something basic cut and not sure which method to go by. I need a faceplate cover for a dual 5.25 drive bay. I'm sure I could do it myself but I just dont want the hassle and the chance for mistakes. Which of the methods (in title) would be the best to go by for this project?

Actually I have another question. I'm sure I can find a local metal shop that can provide these services but I'm also wondering is there an internet site someone could link me to where I could just email the specifications of this basic piece and they could just mail be the finished part?

I'm an amateur when it come's to modding so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Is buying a manufactured one out of the question? I'm sure I've seen those somewhere on the internet...

here we are, you just might have to cut it to make it fit

http://www.mountainmods.com/parts-alu-525-bay-covers-c-21_34_67.html

edit2: unless, of course, you need things cut out of the front, but I would start with something preformed like that anyway
Edited by ZHoob2004 - 5/10/13 at 2:39pm
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Is buying a manufactured one out of the question? I'm sure I've seen those somewhere on the internet...

here we are, you just might have to cut it to make it fit

http://www.mountainmods.com/parts-alu-525-bay-covers-c-21_34_67.html

Hello,

Actually the part i need has to be a little larger that the 5.25 spec. i took the drive bay cage out because i dont like the look of it. So, the plan is to drill/screw and mount the faceplate on to the front of the case.
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In that case, I'm still not sure you need any cnc work done to it, it just sounds like you need a U shaped piece of metal with holes in it to fit the front panel.

You can either do it yourself with a metal brake (or some ingenuity) or I'm sure a metal shop could do it pretty cheap, even more so if you brought them the material.
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I need it to resemble the XSPC faceplate with the center cut out as well. I'm going to be using a small res which i plan to mount to the faceplate. I just need to know the best method to have this cut?
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In that case, I'm still not sure you need any cnc work done to it, it just sounds like you need a U shaped piece of metal with holes in it to fit the front panel.

You can either do it yourself with a metal brake (or some ingenuity) or I'm sure a metal shop could do it pretty cheap, even more so if you brought them the material.

Thanks for the info man. Yeah, I'm absolutely sure I'll have no trouble finding a local shop and i do have some scrap aluminum I could bring to them. It's actually from a side panel of a case im no longer using.
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I'm just wondering though if there is a website that provides these services where I can just send in the specs and they can mail me the finished piece? Now that would be convenient but not sure how likely....hmmm
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In this case, the choice is between waterjet, laser and a jigsaw and file (but I don't think you want that route, and plasma is way more than necessary). I imagine laser will be the better choice, so you'll just have to find someone to do that for you, then bend the metal to the shape you want it. Maybe there's an online service that will get it all done for you, but you'll have to do some looking for yourself.
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In this case, the choice is between waterjet, laser and a jigsaw and file (but I don't think you want that route, and plasma is way more than necessary). I imagine laser will be the better choice, so you'll just have to find someone to do that for you, then bend the metal to the shape you want it. Maybe there's an online service that will get it all done for you, but you'll have to do some looking for yourself.

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I'm just wondering though if there is a website that provides these services where I can just send in the specs and they can mail me the finished piece? Now that would be convenient but not sure how likely....hmmm

Oh and if any one knows of a good site for this plz let me know....thumb.gif
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