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So, I have been thinking for a while that I would want a new Case for more room for Radiators in my water loop. However, I love my Waterbox+ a little too much to abandon it, and I don't have a ton of money for a new case either lol. However, I thought about case labs and their pedestals for their cases, and I wondered how hard it would be to attach a home made acrylic Pedestal to my WaterBox. Does anyone here have any experience in with acrylics and/or other DD cases? I would love some tips for doing this if I really am going to try and make this. biggrin.gif
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What are the dimensions? and what are you looking to do? To be able to hold up your current case you will want to go with 3/8" thick acrylic, such as your waterbox.
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What are the dimensions? and what are you looking to do? To be able to hold up your current case you will want to go with 3/8" thick acrylic, such as your waterbox.

Alright, my end goal is to create something similar to a Case Labs' pedestal (something like this http://www.caselabs-store.com/pedestal/ , but in acrylic) that will to the bottom of the Water Box+. The dimensions of the case (Outer Dimensions) 12 3/4 ft. X 14 7/8 ft. X 14 7/8 ft. (Front X Side X Heigth). And yes, I was thinking about using the same thickness of acrylic. The problem is, though, I don't know much about case building/ modding, so I decided to ask the experts here lol. Is there anything I should take into account before I even start my project? I will be putting a radiator (or multiple) in here, so is there anything with airflow I have to take into account?

Your answers are very appreciated! biggrin.gif
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Have you used sketchup before? It comes in handy for creating designs. For the airflow you can have the fans sucking into the box and out the top and front/back or have the fans blowing outward while sucking air in from the top, front/back. I would suggest the first one so you can add filters to the fans.

Also, 3/8" acrylic is best cut using a cnc machine. Either a router or laser cut finish would be best. It's quite thick to perform the cut's yourself. I also recommend using cast acrylic to avoid any melting if you plan on doing the cut's yourself.

You will also want to make it so you have easy access to the inside of the box, so an internal frame made out of acrylic or some metal corner mounts to attach each panel to will make it easily removable. Take a look how your water box is held together and design the same in sketchup, but in the same dimensions your looking to make the rad box.

Cheapest places I've found to purchase acrylic:

http://www.delviesplastics.com/

http://www.estreetplastics.com/

Sketchup Acrylic Rad box example:

http://s954.photobucket.com/user/Lazerwerx/library/Rad%20Box%2024?sort=3&page=1
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Have you used sketchup before? It comes in handy......

-Snip for space

No, I haven't used sketch up, but I'm fairly involved in blender. Not sure if the new precision tools in blender (for 3D printing) would be good enough for this. Maybe the transition won't be too bad.....

I don't have any access to a CNC machine, but I do a have a router and a way to make strait edges. Not sure about fan holes though..... I'll have to figure someone out.

I'll probably have air being sucked in through this box on one side, and blowing out on the opposite side, since I plan on keeping this pedestal modular with quick disconnects. I like those sketch up designs, those are pretty slick.
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