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Stealth windowing... Possible?

post #1 of 11
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To explain, by stealth i mean an acrylic window without visible screws or those uglyass black rubber gaskets arround the edges...

I would use a service of a plasma, water, laser or cnc cutter to make a perfect opening on my sides. By perfect i mean 100% straight cuts with no filing marks and with rounded edges... Then i would like to take a piece of acrylic, say 20 mm longer on both sides than the window and use the cnc to thin the acrylic surface all arround the visible part for about 1-2 mm. So when i position the window, the visible part would percectly fit the cut window and protrude through the window by the thickness of the metal. I hope you get what i am aiming to do.

Now, how to fix the acrylic to the chasis sides so it looks perfect but without the screws or rubber? My first thought was a thin double sided sticky tape all arround the edges... Is there a cleaner solution, if i ever have the need to remove and put the window back again?

The acrylic would not be too thick, but enough to allow me to drill a LED hole on the edge if i decide to lighten it up a bit.
post #2 of 11
I was thinking if you utilized a lip that the window would slide into on both sides + the bottom to hold the acrylic in place, no adhesive necessary. Included is a picture of something along the lines I was thinking of.

post #3 of 11
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I would have to weld something like that? Also, there would have to be at least 2-3 of these on every edge for the window to feel "fixed"...

But thanks for the idea...
post #4 of 11
Possible with a good Cnc.

Fasten with a ms-polymer, not between the steel and acrylic, but outside along edge.
Looks good, easy to remove and replace with a sharp blade.

Best solution to avoid noise imo.
post #5 of 11
You wouldn't really have to weld, just use a good epoxy on each of the tabs, easy to make as well.
post #6 of 11
Similar to what I did on my replacement I/O plate. Haven't tried cutting a metal case side panel yet though. I'd recommend leaving about 1/2" all around and sticking it in place with 3M thin double sided tape. An even nicer look is to have the acrylic stick out slightly higher than the metal, and have a tiny 45 degree chamfer around the edge. It can be done by hand with a router and some good templates.

post #7 of 11
This is a little more sketch but you could always use velcro to give you the removable aspect of it. Velcro is a lot thicker then tape though and it wouldn't be as clean personally I say go for nickcnse's idea
post #8 of 11
wouldnt be completely stealth per-say, but I thought about counter sinking and epoxying some small neodymium disks into each corner of some plexi.
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by exodus1500 View Post

wouldnt be completely stealth per-say, but I thought about counter sinking and epoxying some small neodymium disks into each corner of some plexi.
thats a really good idea actually its like the new corsair case that was announced ac CES14
post #10 of 11
someone did your window thing in the HAF XB thread (in my sig). I can't remember how he attached though. I will try to find it in the thread and post a link. I just posted this so I don't lose your thread while at work. redface.gif

found it. I didn't see how he attached it, but maybe you can shot him a PM. I hope you post a pic here so we can see the final product.
Edited by vaporizer - 1/16/14 at 8:38am
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