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Bonding will be strong enough.
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sweet, so preferably 5mm is the right thickness for a full tower build?
    
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Would i need to create a steel/aluminum frame first if im building a case made of acrylic or would the bonding/glue be strong enough to hold everything in place??
As Repo has stated, the bonds will be strong enough without a sub-frame.

There are some factors to consider:
  • Gauges of acrylic used
  • The design of the structure (the further one strays from the conventional box design the more the need for ancillary support may be required
  • How the weight of components to be housed will be distributed

In some situations angle-braces can be used to provide support on plane-changes.


Also, it might be easier to use a frame for main support as working with alloys and metals is easier (for me) than working with acrylic as the latter can be quite unforgiving.

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My opinion on this is an internal frame is VERY useful and really makes the case incredibly strong. I made an internal frame using 2cm square acrylic rod which the side panels then attach onto. It means that you can take all the side panels off and still have a really strong case to work in. A frame also makes it easier to have things like a false wall for the motherboard. You can mount hard drive racks to the frame too. Personally I will never make a case without an internal frame again!

On the subject of gauges of acrylic, I personally like 8mm-15mm for supporting structures, 8mm for supporting side panels or 5mm if they don't take any load, 20mm bar for the frame. My first acrylic case i made out of 5mm acrylic for everything and it was a bit flexible and wasn't very strong without the side panels.
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Thank you for the insight and expert opinions Syrillian and oliverw92. Im getting ready to dive into the world of modding. Will be getting a dremel/rotary tool, router, and a scroll saw soon. Also I need to find someone in my area that has the right type of acrylic i'll be using.

Your builds and talents really motivated me to try it out
    
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good thread
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Syrillian,

Kind of off topic, but where do you purchase your resin etc., for doing your carbon fiber? I am still throwing around the idea of doing an acrylic and carbon fiber build.
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I got the resin and hardener locally from TAP Plastics. Please note that I got high as akite off of that stuff (probably brained my damage).

The next time I used a polymer resin (iirc) and there were no ill side-effects.
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Thanks Syrillian,

I will check out Tap, appreciate it...
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A note on resins; vinyl-ester resin aka marine epoxy (what Syrillian was using when he got looped to the gills) produces very potent fumes/vapors and requires good ventilation when working with it as the vapors contain neuro-toxins/neuro-inhibitors. The best resins to use are epoxy resins; these do not give off harmful vapors and can fairly easily be cleaned up with isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol).
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