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Looking very manly. Got to love that beard tongue.gif

I want this guys... but Im pretty sure my bosses wouldn't allow it and my face does not grow a very thick coozy....frown.gif

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I would try using the heat coil before a torch xD How thick is the acrylic you are using? 1/4"?

Closer to 3/8 but yea. its thick. That stuff last night was some of the thicker stuff you can get at Home Depot. The problem with using a heater coil is that I don't have a heater coil I can cannibalize to make some sort of bending device at the moment. I DO, however, have my choice of torches from propane to MAP to Oxi-Acetylene..... I should really just go buy a cheap hairdryer or something but I already have materials to play with here at work with me. I even thought to grab my camera this time:thumb: But I forgot to turn it off last night after I finished pulling those last three pictures off it haha rolleyes.gif
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I would be very jealous if you grew a beard like that tongue.gif

And of course you forgot doh.gif
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a couple of my buddies have beards like that.... im jealous.... but yea. I figure if I use propane (and/or propane accessories), leave the flame small, and don't let it sit in one space too long I should be fine. The only part that worries me about it is getting too close or sitting too long and burning the plastic causing it to bubble or melt. But again. That should be easily manageable if I just pay atention
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Just make sure you practice on a piece you already botched first thumb.gif
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obviously....tongue.gif i have a bunch of scrap in my truck too. just need to wait for the office people to get here so i can run down to my hanger to grab some tools.
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Have fun, I'll check in when I finish my Calc and Physics HW
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lol... homework.... i remember homework..... now i just have work work.....
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I'm starting to believe it was a mistake to take the AP calc class... I've done 4 problems/102 since I last posted :'(
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I'm starting to believe it was a mistake to take the AP calc class... I've done 4 problems/102 since I last posted :'(

Stick with it dude. If you get that sorted out and retain any of the knowledge gleaned from it you will be in much better shape than me for an engineering school or something haha. thumb.gif YOU CAN DO IT!
though the tedium is frustrating as hell some times.




Any way. I got REALLY busy at work today after I stopped posting this morning. It seemed like nearly ALL of my equipment decided to fight me all at once. I spent as much time troubleshooting as I did actually working today. It was miserable... made for a very long day even before I found out my Jet fuel truck was being stupid and refusing to start (turns out I had a frozen fuel line on it preventing the injector pump from getting any flow) and needed to call one of our competitors to fuel 2 aircraft for me which turned into another huge fiasco..... they don't pay me enough to deal with stupid crap like that...

any way. I didn't get a chance work on any of my stuff today and when I got home I just wanted to turn into a vegetable for a while.


BUT!

I got bored and decided to give this plastic thing another shot.


propane bottle and scrap plastic.


I decided to use the smallest stable flame I could


:Wheee: IT WORKED! I got a couple small bubbles in that piece but thats no big deal since it was just a trial


lets try the real one. I used a large piece with plenty of extra material on each side so I had some wiggle room to adjust with since I wasn't really sure how long each side would need to be after the radius was bent.


so far so good! and damn I need a haircut bad haha.


YAY! I GOT IT!

I left it up on its edge to cool back down to room temp on its own to prevent any unnecicary stresses from quenching wile I went to get a drink

then I drew a line on the desk idea I had wile the acrylic was cooling to allow for good measurements on how long the flat sections will be. The one on the left is to represent the edge of the bend radius where it flattens out and the other two are the distances from the floor of the case to where the top of the false floor will be and from the new motherboard tray to the front.



And the lines drawn out on the acrylic. I'm going to have to rig up someway to cut along those lines very nicely. I'm pretty sure I know how to do that but that's all I got done tonight.


I must say that I'm VERY happy how this little experiment turned out. I could not have hoped for it to turn out as well as it did after the day I had at work haha.


any way. thanks for stopping in and sorry about the delay.
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I think I'm going to finish the false floor today.... Wasn't planing to go to the airport at all but as it turns out I need to drive past like 5 times for some of the other things I need to do today
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