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post #21 of 51
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you guys are making me nervous.

i dont want to disappoint. Ive never done this before and really hope it turns out the way i envision it. I dont think that it is that complicated of a build. im really just copying the DD torture rack but i wanted to do it myself cause its more fun that way.
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post #22 of 51
Don't be nervous.

Fortune favors the bold.

So long as you have passion, a solid plan, and a strong conviction you will not fail.

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thanks for the support.

ive started second guessing my cad drawings. They are mapped out so there should be no fitting issues. so i dont know why im second guessing. i think its just cause i dont want to mess up the acrylic cause i cant afford to buy more. i hate college
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Subbing this time for sure. I saw this last night and meant to sub it. I've been mulling over a idea in my head for an aluminum one and use the water jet at work. I can't wait to see more progress.
post #25 of 51
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well, just got back from the laser cutter. Major let down!!!

first of all, since i drew the files in an educational version of autocad, the laser cutter wont take it due to a banner around the image saying that it was created in an educational version.

we found a way around it though, only to find out that my 12"x12" acrylic isnt actually 12"x12". its about 1/8" short on each dimension.

so now i have to go back and shrink my drawings to fit on the acrylic properly.

I was so excited to get the mobo tray cut out today. Very disappointing.
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*waits patiently*
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post #27 of 51
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Ok so just got done with my first round with the laser cutter.

I got the mobo tray done and tapped for standoffs.

Here is a picture of the laser cutter doing its work.


and here is a picture of the finished product.



sorry for the crappy pictures. I took them with my iphone.

now i have to go change my other pieces and get them done.

ill keep everyone posted.
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Looks fantastic!

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Thanks. im very pleased with the way it came out. i have to resize the rest of my panels and then i can go cut them out as well.

a guy told me today about some stuff that will actually melt the acrylic and bond two pieces together as it drys so im gonna try and get some of that for attaching the panels together.
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Thanks. im very pleased with the way it came out. i have to resize the rest of my panels and then i can go cut them out as well.

a guy told me today about some stuff that will actually melt the acrylic and bond two pieces together as it drys so im gonna try and get some of that for attaching the panels together.
The process is referred to as "capillary bonding". It is a molecular bond, not merely 2 surfaces adhered together with a 3rd medium: The 2 pieces are indeed melted, then re-constituted as a single unified piece. When done correctly the weld is very strong.

There are 2 types of materials that can be used Weld-on #3 (fast-curing), or Weld-On #4 (moderately fast-curing). You will also need an applicator (the smaller diameter should suit you fine).

Here is a short video I made for another member some time ago.

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