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My Scratch Acrylic Test Bench Update: system up and running!!!

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Hey everyone, ive decided to try my hand at making an acrylic test bench for a dedicated folding rig as well as to play around with. I have access to a laser cutter at school so thats how i plan on making the panels.

I just bought some acrylic panels so they should be here later this week.


here are the CAD drawings of the side panels and the mobo tray.

the red lines indicate cuts and the black lines indicate etching. The area between the black lines is going to be a notch that the mobo tray will be glued into.


This is the mobo tray. the notched out areas on the side are for cables to come up through from the PSU underneath.



i plan on making a back panel for the bottom of the rack that has mounting holes for the PSU. Ive had a hard time finding dimensions for those mounting holes.

I also want to include HD and Disk drive mounting holes on the side panels. but im not sure how i want to mount those yet. Im thinking ill divide the lower level into 2 sections, one for the PSU and HD's and the other for a disk drive. anyone have mounting dimensions for PSU and hard drives/Disk drives?

im pretty sure im gonna be using an H70 or similar cooler for the cooling for this rig. Im not sure if ill be able to mount it on the inside so i may add some holes for liquid lines to go through to the outside of the panels.

well, let me know what you guys think. im up for any suggestions. this is my first from scratch case.

And yes, it is modeled after the Danger Den Torture Rack. I really like the way that the DD Rack is set up, i just wanted to build it myself.
Edited by cblaxx19 - 3/12/11 at 9:26pm
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post #2 of 51
Looks cool! you can do so much with acrylic...
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Here's what I use for the PSU and HD cage templates.

HD cage has 1/4" spacing. Hope this helps.
post #4 of 51
excited!
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thanks for the templates lazer. but what do i open a .skp file with? i only have autocad for my drawing software.

i hope i dont let people down with this project. i just hope it comes out looking the way i envision it in my head.

this is my first from scratch case so we will see how it goes.
Edited by cblaxx19 - 2/8/11 at 4:07pm
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nevermind, figured out that its a sketchup file.

thanks a bunch
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Gonna be cool, subbed
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post #8 of 51
ooo autoCad i see. just a question, with lasercutting do you have to save as pdf? cuase the company im trying to get my acrylic lasercut as will only take pdf files and im having a bit of trouble saving as a pdf in autoCad 2011. do i export the file as pdf?
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im supposed to save it as a dxf file in autocad.
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lucky. yeah i tried sending them a dxf but my guys apparently need pdf, which is lame cuase i have no idea if what i did was right. anyways i like the look of ur design
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