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well line error suggested that the dremel would melt the acrylic anyway, which i believe so im not gonna get/use a dremel (i might get one for other projects)

im gonna get exact measurements planned out. on the bottom tier it should support Dual PSU and leave room for HD and Optical, possible Watercooling in the future so there should be extra room for pump/res.
the top tier is mobo
the top panel will be 9 fans 6 in 3 out
on each side of the top tier are 2 120mm fan holes 2 in 2 out
    
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A Dremel won't melt the acrylic in a manner that will mar the final work.

Only the Dremel Sanding Drum has caused melting, but that was not detrimental. On the contrary it assisted in attaining a smooth ID on the holes that I cut, and the melted portion was material that was intended for removal. That material peeled away easily without leaving any marring on the panels or pieces.

Take a look at the custom cases linked in my sig. I used a Dremel to do a fair amount of the work.

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i have no extra money. so i am gonna follow the initial suggestion (not my stupid drilling one LOL) and clamp two woods with the fan hole round the acrylic, drill a hole in center, and hacksaw it center out. then i can sand it to 400 grit.
    
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after my finals (wed) im gonna start this thing! im so excited, i hope the panels dont just break, especially when i drill. but i know how to mod a bit for acrylic so thats what i am going to do....

now i gotta study for finals
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by amd_hardsoftware View Post
power drill is the only power tool

so for circles i need a dremel? and whats a jigsaw btw? (i know what a dremel is but not jigsaw)

mechanical hand tools:
hack saw (C-saw)
acrylic scorer
chisel/hammer
there is a dril bit called a hole saw. Get one. Needs to be the size of the holes you want cut... Google: "holesaw"
    
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though, you'll be looking at 15-45 bucks for an acrylic hole saw...

Tools make the job...
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post #47 of 66
Don't use silicon to adhere the plexi-glass panels together. Take a spare small sheet. Wrap the sheet in a towel and break with a sledge hammer into small pieces. In a layden jar place the pieces and mix in with acetone. Let the jar sit over night and you'll have an acrylic glue. I used a dremel to cut plexi-glass and its by far the easiest. Scoring is a pain and microscopic flaws in the glass can ruin the shear plane and end up with a poor cut. I will warn you that a dremel will be slow going. Drilling holes with a drill will work but go very very slow or you will crack the plexi-glass. Good luck with your project.
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Hi, I made a plexi-glass case two years ago just for fun. When I made my case, I used a drill and a HOT butter knife. The hot knife sounds funny, but it cuts though plexi-glass without a problem and leaves smooth edges that do not need to be sanded down. The case itself is very basic and has a kind of toy box feel to it. I have uploaded some pic's of that system to imageshack. Here is the link:

http://img267.imageshack.us/slidesho...0625903rl.smil
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i have a suggestion for mounting your mobo.

take the piece of plexi that you want the mobo mounted on and get the mounting holes drilled in the right places then you will need 2X the amount of standoffs for the holes you have for the first half cut the threads off and epoxy them into the hole you drilled. then screw in the other standoffs then screw down the mobo.
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well i should have used the hot butter knife....

i mean XZOMG HOW DID YOU GET THAT TO WORK LOL SOLDERING IRON? TELL ME PLZ CAUSE THIS ISNT WORKING

i just about ruined teh panel trying to cut it with a hacksaw...two hours 3 inches then tried going faster...crack one. then stopped, tried drilling...crack two

then got pissed and hid it in a corner lol.....
    
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