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What is good acrylic when modding a case (thickness/manfact.)? Anyone know any reputable online store?
    
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Its probably cheaper to go to your local Home Depot and pick up a sheet of clear acrylic than order online. Standard is usually 1/8" thickness. A Google search turned up this Acrylic, Lexan, and Plexi FAQ.
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Its probably cheaper to go to your local Home Depot and pick up a sheet of clear acrylic than order online. Standard is usually 1/8" thickness. A Google search turned up this Acrylic, Lexan, and Plexi FAQ.
Home Depot carries that stuff? I check there site, but couldn't find it. But also sheet metal, HD carry that too? thx for the help...rep
    
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yes they do, gotta go to the store though
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I just ordered a 6' foot piece of 3" diameter 1/8" wall acrylic tubing to make my new build's water reservoirs out of. Ordered from TAP Plastics...google it
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US Plastics, or TAP are good sources.

1/8" acrylic is suitable for window panels, and can support 120mm fans without an issue. If the panel is structurally load-bearing than 3/16", or 1/4" seems to work well. You could use 1/8" for structural panls, but imho the case would need to be an SFF or fairly light.

For really large and heavy cases 3/8" or 1/2" will do the trick - but, the weight of the acrylic adds up really quickly, so keeping these thicker gauges to a minimum is desireable.

One key factor in the rigidity and integrity of acrylic cases is the bond that holds the pieces together. Oftentimes it is wise to supplement the bond with angles and mounting hardware.

Also note, there are 2 basic types of acrylic; extruded and cast. Cast acrylic responds better to heat (friction while cutting and forming) .
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