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Project Log: The Bender

I have decided it is time to dabble with acrylic. I'm naming the project "The Bender" because I am going to make this build out of a single piece of acrylic.

Permalinks:
1) Final layout before cuts
2) Most of the cutting done, all of the bending finished.

Hardware:
- SR-2
- (2x) E5620
- 6gb Mushkin Black 1600
- (2x) GTX 480
- hx750
- Samsung F3 500gb

GPU Loop:
- MCP355
- XSPC Res
- (2x) MCW80
- XSPC RX240

I purchased a piece of 48" x 24" red acrylic to use, and a heat gun to bend it.

Current state:


I purchased a smaller piece of acrylic from Home Depot to practice bending on, and it went well.

I accidentally sat on my camera the other day and broke it. So, for the first part of this build I will have to use my phone, I'm sorry.





I laid out most of the hardware on the acrylic sheet, and tried out a few different layouts, just to make sure my plan would be the most efficent.

This is going to be a 24/7 folding rig, running headless, so there won't be a ton of hardware.
The motherboard will actually be on the other side of the acrylic, but this was just to test the size.


This is just a small start to the log. I am going to try to get my hands on a camera tomorrow (done ). I will update this post and make it much more acceptable once I get the camera.
Edited by hoth17 - 1/1/11 at 2:47pm
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Subbed. Looks good so far!
    
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did you heat up the Plexiglas glass to bend? How did you do it?
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I clamped the acrylic to the workbench, then applied heat using the heat gun, evenly across the line I want to bend it at for about 3-5 minutes. Then I continued to apply heat, however, I applied a little pressure upwards, and it bent along the heated line.
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Where did you get the red acrylic? I'm needing blue, but need more than the shert of ac ryans uv sheets on performance pcs.
Like the same size as you got, looks interesting
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Just curious, but...
How are you going to re-temper the acrylic? If it needs it?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tlxxxsracer View Post
Where did you get the red acrylic? I'm needing blue, but need more than the shert of ac ryans uv sheets on performance pcs.
Like the same size as you got, looks interesting

check this place out. They got everything!! its not too expensive and they shipped my stuff out superfast. It also comes with the peel-away paper on the outside of it.
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/ite...lickid=popcorn
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post #9 of 16
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*updated one of the pictures on page 1

Alright I have a small update for you:

Here is the acrylic board with the final layout for the cuts:





and then the parts put in place. You can see where the part is and the cut lines to to the edge of the board, I will will bend up and use to mount the hardware.




The two slits there at the bottom will be cut on the black lines, and then bent up towards the bottom of the picture (the side of the case). I will mount an EVGA control panel there facing out.

If you look close, you can see the two bend lines in pencil.

And then I have started to sleeve my psu (I hate making and sleeving cables).

Edited by hoth17 - 12/29/10 at 9:31pm
post #10 of 16
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*sorry for the double post, I just wanted to leave the above post as just an update

Quote:
Originally Posted by newphase View Post
Just curious, but...
How are you going to re-temper the acrylic? If it needs it?
What do you mean by re-temper?

Quote:
Originally Posted by tlxxxsracer View Post
Where did you get the red acrylic? I'm needing blue, but need more than the shert of ac ryans uv sheets on performance pcs.
Like the same size as you got, looks interesting
I go it here, http://www.rplastics.com/.

I looked the other suggested places, US plastics and a few others, but this price was the best after you included shipping.
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