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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?
Within AutoCad, press Alt + F on your keyboard. Click Export > and select PDF
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Within AutoCad, press Alt + F on your keyboard. Click Export > and select PDF
is that all i have to do? no need to scale it or anything? ifso i did it right haha

ps. soz for getting OT
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post #13 of 51
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ok so here is what i have for the rear panel on the bottom of the test bench. i dont plan on putting anything in the back on the top.



it has the mounting space for the PSU and some ventilation cutouts. as well as mounting holes for a 120 mm fan. the black segment is a notch for a dividing panel to go that will separate the disc drives from the PSU and HD's.

im trying to think about what to do for a base plate. I was originally not planning on one but thinking about it, i need to have a base for the PSU to sit on, i cant just screw it in and let it hang if i pick up the bench. I didnt order a piece of acrylic big enough for a base plate so ill have to get another piece.
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How thick of acrylic is it going to be? If it's 1/4" I have let the psu hang before, just screwed in to the mount.
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its 1/4". you really didn't have any issues with it just hanging there? that would make things easier since i wouldn't need to order more acrylic.
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post #16 of 51
No, not at all. I found once you attach the psu it stiffens the acrylic it's attached to and doesn't allow it to flex or sag. Now if you were to pick up the case and then slam it down the shock may end up cracking or breaking around the screw holes. Also, you may want to see if you can move the psu up and as far away from the bottom edge as possible leaving more acrylic between the edge and the nearest cut.

This is one of three cases I made where the psu was mounted without anything bracing it using 1/4" acrylic. Of course these were box designs.

http://s954.photobucket.com/albums/a...%20Mini%20ITX/
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thanks for the pics. it makes me feel a bit better about letting the psu hang. ill have to do some thinking
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Look what came in the mail today!!!!



im pumped. i dont know if i can get access to the laser cutter over the weekend but i will definitely be making some physical progress soon!!!

PS: its smoke grey acrylic.
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ooo nice subed!
    
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post #20 of 51
ooooohhhh...

I love acrylic... I love scratch-built.... "double"-subbed!


Good luck! I think this is gonna be quite awesome.
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