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lol good, i was hoping at least someone would.

BTW, I thought of an idea for those acrylic tubes.

Since they go transparent with the red lighting, you could etch some kind of graphic on them. Whatever you like really ....barbed wire, some tribal design, whatever. I think it would be cool to make it look like there is some sort of ghostly barbed wire acting as a shroud.
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^ good idea!
I thought that having some sort of design painted on the inside would be cool, because when the acrylic goes transparent the picture is revealed!
Yeah, I might look into this. In the Tetris mod they used sand paper to make the acrylic 'milky' which caused the stuff to light up real nice. I am considering experimenting with this method on the cylinders.
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just sand it very lightly, see if you like the effect. if you don't, hopefully the scratches are shallow enough that you can buff them out
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While thinking of better way to get my dreaded acrylic ducts done, I turned my attention to more fan shroud experiments.

I am installing 3 shrouds + fans into the top case panel.

Normally the shrouds are either attached below the top surface of the panel or are sitting on top of - whole 25mm of it thus creating bit of a 'chimney' look.

I want make my modding life more interesting (difficult ) and decided to fit the fans such that only one quarter of its thickness sticks out above the panel surface.





I needed to be able to slide all the fans in and that means making incisions in the shroud...


and there we go...
Those of u that saw all the pics would notice that I have modified the tabs - for easier sliding action


Job not to difficult but steady hand required. I managed to damage 2 LEDs by slicing them in half! I was like...watdaf!


It actually does look good - the more I see it, the more I like it




The plan is to attach slow RPM fans to these shrouds from the bottom (should clear HSF OK) and have mesh guard on top.

I have a long weekend coming up and hope to get lot of work done on this project.

I also plan to put the acrylic in the oven...
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Job not to difficult but steady hand required. I managed to damage 2 LEDs by slicing them in half! I was like...watdaf!
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Those shrouds look nioce! + for ya!
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acrylic in the oven ?
dinner or something?
more acrylic molding I presume?
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Ok, I had a win!
Currently my new favorite home appliance is the humble kitchen oven

According to internet sources (and we know they must be true ), putting the whole piece into an oven is the way to go. Apparently 220F (approx 100C) is the melting point for most acrylic (although type and thickness makes a difference to temp required).

I was unable to find how long the piece should be left in the oven for - so it was a trial and error process.

First I decided to attempt to fix the existing duct I made few days ago.
Its shape is far from perfect and I was hoping to smooth it out.

Got some plumbing supplies to make new template - the first one melted a bit when I made the first cylinder with heat gun


I put them together with masking tape from the inside.
I put more tape on the outside to reduce possibility of scratching of acrylic and to make it easier to slide the cylinder off once it has cooled down


The 'before' shot - you can clearly see how misshaped the cylinder is.


Ready to 'cook' - I put baking paper under the acrylic to stop it from reacting to bare metal of the baking tray


First I set oven to 65c - nothing
85c - it started to loose shape slowly after approx 5 mins.


I had only few seconds during which I had to remove the piece from the oven, slide it over the template and then HUG it!.
Yeah, hug it as much as possible to force change of shape - I was getting very warm very quickly!

Here is the outcome - perfect.




Love it!


More to come very shortly - the second cylinder from scratch!
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post #139 of 1083
BUYAH!

Dood! That looks awesome.

Dare I use a colloquialism...?

I do: "Modding-Man is Modding"

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WOW!!!!!

It's funny how simple some things are when you have the right tools to do them! Who would have thought all you needed was an oven? Awesome job!
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