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Actually I am thinking of going with ABS plastic. I dont need the clarity of Lexan just a material that is easy to work with and fairly strong. I have found a good source for ABS sheeting and ABS L angle to construct the frame with. It will be very easy to bond the sheets and L angle together with them both being ABS. I got a sample set of ABS of various thickness coming so I can play around with it first. Now to find a good source for the perforated hex metal. I wish MNPC would sell 24" x 24" sections

Of course there will be plenty of lightage going on, so dont worry about that
Use ABS to build the frame and use the Lexan for the covering. You could paint the frame some sweet colors and it'd look awesome. I think the only problem would be getting the joints where the Lexan meets to look good.
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Use ABS to build the frame and use the Lexan for the covering. You could paint the frame some sweet colors and it'd look awesome. I think the only problem would be getting the joints where the Lexan meets to look good.
Cover them with aluminum L-bars?
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Hmmm why does everyone seem to think I am going transparent?

I thought about going transparent but it would be a total pain. I am going to use a lot of perforated hex metal to give an open wire look to the sides. So for transparent to work, I would need to paint the edges to hide where the metal is bonded to the plastic or it would look pretty crappy.

I did a quick check with McMaster and about $170 for the aluminum L angle and polycarb sheets to make the basics of the cases. Not too bad but really would like to get it down in price as I still have to get the perforated metal, power supply, hard drive coolers, lights, new tubing for the WC, switches, metal and plastics blades for my tools. Oh well, so much for have a "budget" on this build
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make sure you get some hinges and door-handle-like-things for both sides
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sorry for being off topic.
but first let me get this straight. are you making a case? at least use polycarb on ONE side
    
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make sure you get some hinges and door-handle-like-things for both sides
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sorry for being off topic. but first let me get this straight. are you making a case? at least use polycarb on ONE side
Yes I am making a case. To get an idea of what I am thinking, think of a normal window cut out for a side panel but instead of putting in transparent plastic of some kind I will be using perforated hex metal mesh much like this



to give it a very open look.

I totally forgot about handles! Thanks on that one. I am going to skip the hinges plan on the top to just come off, held down by bolts.
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post #26 of 34
ahh, this'll be a pretty rad "case mod" paint the aluminum glossy black and that would look cool. maybe something like this too. the CD cage you may have to make yourself with some other thinner sheets of aluminum. but i dont know if you have something else going on.

i wish i could just throw away a budget like that
    
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post #27 of 34
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its either going to come out really sweet or total garbage

I plan on putting all my HD in these



Trying to find them in black but silver will work okay if I have to.

170 is just the tip of the ice berg for this. I was also going to put in a new motherboard but dropped that idea quickly due to the sky rocketing cost. This is going to be my last mod for awhile so I want to do it right
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Yes I am making a case. To get an idea of what I am thinking, think of a normal window cut out for a side panel but instead of putting in transparent plastic of some kind I will be using perforated hex metal mesh much like this

to give it a very open look.

I totally forgot about handles! Thanks on that one. I am going to skip the hinges plan on the top to just come off, held down by bolts.
Make sure the mesh is strong enough to resist warping/bending.
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Make sure the mesh is strong enough to resist warping/bending.
The mesh is 22 gauge and will be glued/bonded to the inside part of the sides and should not have any problems. They wont be bearing any kind of load just purely decoration. Of course if someone grabs a hold of the mesh and pulls on it all bets are off.
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The mesh is 22 gauge and will be glued/bonded to the inside part of the sides and should not have any problems. They wont be bearing any kind of load just purely decoration. Of course if someone grabs a hold of the mesh and pulls on it all bets are off.
Just becareful it doesn't deform if someone bumps into it either. Since it is being bonded, it should hold its shape fine.
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