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Can I do corners in it, or will the seems look funky? Wondering if I can do a window that goes up to the top as well as the side or if it would look better to do 2 separate windows.
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Can I do corners in it, or will the seems look funky? Wondering if I can do a window that goes up to the top as well as the side or if it would look better to do 2 separate windows.
You can do anything you want with it You just cut the window in the metal, then attach the acrylic to the back.
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I would never mod such a case. It has a lot of history behind it.

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What are you doing with the hardware from it by the way?
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I would never mod such a case. It has a lot of history behind it.
Easily sanded off, all the plastic pieces are very thick, 3/16 of an inch at the thinnest parts. Already looked at that actually.

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What are you doing with the hardware from it by the way?
It's sitting here right now for the most part. The thing was built in 2000, I know because it has final inspection stickers on several pieces when I disassembled it. So most of it isn't worth much.

There was actually a gig of RAM (8x128), and the 2 hard drivers were 36.8gigs, but would require special connections to hook up. Two 365watt power supplies, but would need special connectors or to take them apart and mod them severely to get any use besides for server that used the same type. There's also a dvd player (not writer) and tape recorder, which are probalby both about worthless, but I haven't taken them out of the bay and I plan on using it. That 3 fan shroud rocks as well and I'm planning on implementing it in the build, once I get a fan controller.

I went ahead and tossed the 300mhz processors and the motherboard, couldn't see anyone using those and my extra parts stash is getting huge as it is.


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You can do anything you want with it You just cut the window in the metal, then attach the acrylic to the back.
Still not sure if you see what I'm getting at, may have to draw a picture. Then again it may just be really easy and I'm beating a dead horse and it's very easy.

Basically I'm talking about a window that goes from the side, up and onto top, so that I can look down into part of the case instead of just from the side. Therefore it will take 2 pieces of acrylic. Where the joint is where those two pieces meet will be visible. Having never worked with acrylic I assume I have to glue that. Will the glue be visible and make the corner look funky, or is it virtually invisible?
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theres capillary glues for cast acrylic the will be invisible but the seem may still be visible, unless you round over the corner and polish the heck out of it. Im sure Syrillian will stop by with words of wisdom

you could do a 90 degree heat bend on one continuous piece however
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Basically I'm talking about a window that goes from the side, up and onto top, so that I can look down into part of the case instead of just from the side. Therefore it will take 2 pieces of acrylic. Where the joint is where those two pieces meet will be visible. Having never worked with acrylic I assume I have to glue that. Will the glue be visible and make the corner look funky, or is it virtually invisible?
If I understand right for what you are trying to do you dont need to glue both pieces together.You can always just bend one piece at a 90 degree angle. Gluing acrylic and bonding acrylic are two different things while gluing you will use a glue more like Weld-on 16 if you want a virtually seamless joint you should go with Weld-on 3.

Glue can be used to glue irregular surfaces together. but for bonding and using weld-on 3 both your surfaces need to be absolutely straight and in perfect contact with each other especially when strength of the bond is critical eg. If you bond irregular surfaces with weld-on 3, the cement which is water thin does not fill spaces, so only the surfaces in contact bond together and hence the overall strength of the bond will reduce.

If you want to maintain the seamless design and achieve a 90 angle. IMHO it would be better to bend acrylic. TAP plastics has a couple of tutorials on bending acrylic and also bonding them. take a look

Syr is the right person for these type of questions. He is the "Master of All Things Acrylic"
Edited by wastedtime - 7/3/08 at 5:20pm
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It's sitting here right now for the most part. The thing was built in 2000, I know because it has final inspection stickers on several pieces when I disassembled it. So most of it isn't worth much.

There was actually a gig of RAM (8x128), and the 2 hard drivers were 36.8gigs, but would require special connections to hook up. Two 365watt power supplies, but would need special connectors or to take them apart and mod them severely to get any use besides for server that used the same type. There's also a dvd player (not writer) and tape recorder, which are probalby both about worthless, but I haven't taken them out of the bay and I plan on using it. That 3 fan shroud rocks as well and I'm planning on implementing it in the build, once I get a fan controller.

I went ahead and tossed the 300mhz processors and the motherboard, couldn't see anyone using those and my extra parts stash is getting huge as it is.

Uhh...you know you just tossed out about $100?

And the hard drives are just SCSI by the way, its not proprietary or anything. You can get a controller for pretty cheap these days if you wanna use them.

And about that window, yeah I didn't read what you wrote well, I was in a rush earlier. The easiest way would be to use two acrylic panels and then glue the edges together. Another option that would turn out better looking would be to stick one giant acrylic panel in the oven until its really hot, then take it out and quickly bend it.

But like wastedtime said, Syrillian is the guy to ask about acrylic work.
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Uhh...you know you just tossed out about $100?
It's only $100 if I can find anyone that would use them. I looked over recent EBAY stuff and it's just not selling. If you know a surefire way to sell the things for that much let me know, cause I can get my hands on them cheap from time to time.
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a strip heater at the bend point would be easiest methinks
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