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Hey guys so my mod is officially done! So here is how today went. We worked for a couple hours -

First thing is we scored the lines we wanted to cut with a ruler and a sharp screw driver. Then we taped over the outside edge. After that in order to start the jigsaw cutting we used a large drill bit to cut a large hole into one of the holes on the airflow grate of the panel. For the rounded edges we used a circular keychain that had the same circular angle as the cut and used that to trace it.


Then proceeded to cut the panel with the jigsaw like so.


After the cutting there was a considerable amount of waviness which was expected from a jigsaw, since i don't have access to a laser cutter. We used several different types files from very rough to very fine. Obviously using the rougher for getting large waviness out, and then the fine one for smoothing it so it won't cut skin.


Then we painted the edges with a very thick fast drying laquer black matte paint applied with a small brush. We just did the very very edges of the panel because the coloring was slightly different because most of my case it scratched up. Sorry i didn't get a pic of the paint we used but if you want i can link you what type we used.

After that we moved onto cutting the acrylic. Since it's a fairly large sheet, it would make the scoring then bending method pretty difficult so we just decided to use the jigsaw. We practiced on a spare piece to see if it would work and it was a rough cut, but after some filing down it was fine.



Then we moved onto how to secure it to the panel. We tried all sorts of types of screws and all different diameter pre-drilled holes, and every single time the acrylic cracked. After some research i found that acrylic bonds very well with good apoxy, which we also had on hand. We taped only the left side of the panel onto the back of the panel so it would stay, but we could lift it up to glue it. Then we mixed the two 'A' and 'B' apoxy glues together and with a popsicle stick applied it in small dabs along the overhand of the panel. The overhand was only 5/16nths of an inch, so we didn't have much room to work with. After that we held the panel down and let the glue dry for a couple minutes and it was lock tight! Not coming off any time soon. Then with rubbing alchohol we removed some small patches of glue that leaked over onto the panel, or accidentally dripped onto it. Then we polished it with turtle wax and it's done!

Now for the best part... the pictures!! Also i will post a before and after picture tomorrow as i do not have the picture of the before case ATM.

This is the panel without being plugged in, in the light -


Here's the panel plugged in at night, with a light overhead -


This is it plugged in with no lights at night -


And finally here is the fans from the top of the case -


So overall this was very fun! It was my first mod every and cutting up a pc case felt so wrong.. But it only gets better biggrin.gif . I do like this case, but the addition of the window really kicks it up a notch. The cable management is alright, and the paint scratches REALLY easy.

Hope you guys liked this mod and i can't wait to do more logs for mods that are bigger scale! biggrin.gif Thanks!
 
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Hey,

The addition of the window looks really great . . . Well done!!!! thumb.gif

The pictures really showcase the blue lights and the lighting is perfect for the effect you were going for. You are right though, the minute you cut into a case it just feels so wrong . . . but then it also feels satisfying when you see your concept take shape.

Glad you enjoyed you first mod experiment but most of all, glad you had fun doing it. smile.gif

Keep it up. But be warned . . . it can get addictive. thumb.gif

Cheers

Fen
    
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