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New here to case modding and such, alas I have an idea to construct a carbon fiber M-Itx case. Very similar to Killhouses "Eyas" project. I love his idea of stacking all the parts, DVD>Hdd>Mobo. This seems to be a very spacialy sound design and would love to use it with my own creation. My original idea was to use a wood frame design then use carbon fiber veneer to cover the whole design. I think using wood and carbon fiber veneer would be alot cheaper than using whole sheets of carbon fiber.

I am asking for ideas and opinions on wether or not using the wood base has any cons. Im wondering if using wood with electrical components in this very small space would cause any safety issues with letting this computer run 24/7.

Another question I have is, if I go with the idea of using whole sheets as a base, what thickness of the carbon fiber would be appropriate for this application.

All recomendations and opinions will be greatly appretiated
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Hi.

I have used Carbon Fiber and Kevlar in some custom cases, and I must say that material is exotically schmexah!

If you plan to fabricate the case parts yourself, and you are new to composite layups, you may want to make flat panels in conjunction with a frame made from a less expensive and easier medium to work with.

Using wood with the electrical components will not pose a safety issue so long as standard guidelines of common sense are adhered to.

Gauges: The panels that I made were around 1/8" thick, and I used a quasi-isotropic layup (weave rotated 45-degrees on each layer) that utilized both carbon fiber cloth and a pad/filler that I dyed black. The pad/filler helped to give the panel some thickness, but kept the cost down.

If you do not want to fabricate your own panels, you can readily purchase them online, but the panels can be very costly.

Good luck with the mod, and I surely hope to see a build log of a carbon fiber case in the near future.

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Thank you for your response! I dont think I have the technical knowledge to create my own sheets, although im sure it would be very cost effective. Apon hearing that the wood base idea would be suitable, I think I will just do that, and get some really nice and glossey carbon fiber veneer. I found a website that specializes in carbon fiber prodruction that looks promising for veneer.

http://www.dragonplate.com/ecart/cat...asp?cID=78&p=2
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You could also use aluminum angle as a frame medium as it cuts and can be drilled on easily.

Here is another place that has some killer carbon fiber and carbon fiber/kevlar panels (although costly).
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