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Cut holes for switches in metal mesh

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How do you cut holes in metal mesh? I am ready to start modding one of my drive bay covers (HAF 932), need to makes holes to fit a couple of toggle switches and an LCD temperature display. have snips, but they won't fit in the holes Dremel? I have a small step drill bit that might do the job, but I'm afraid of chewing up the mesh and bending the entire piece. I've searched and can't seem to find the answer to this one.

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Id use a dremel and a cut disk. Snips will make a mess of it.
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You can use the step bit, but put a piece of wood against the back of the mesh to support it. Camp the wood and the mesh together to ensure its properly supported.
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I would real time it with the dremel and go slow.
Make a smaller cut, then slowly widen the circle with the grinding tool.
    
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Id use a dremel and a cut disk. Snips will make a mess of it.
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You can use the step bit, but put a piece of wood against the back of the mesh to support it. Camp the wood and the mesh together to ensure its properly supported.
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I would real time it with the dremel and go slow.
Make a smaller cut, then slowly widen the circle with the grinding tool.
Thanks, these are all helpful, and I'll try out both methods with a spare piece from my old lanbox. Rep to all!
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I just did something like this. Converted usb 3.0 controller to be front mounted. Just made usb sized slots and screw holes into the metal mesh bay cover.

I found that the disc on my dremel was too big for making precision cuts, but that may because I am not too accustom to using it. I found it easier to just use cutting pliers and expanding the cuts with either the cutting pliers or various dremel attachments.

so if you're confident with the dremel go ahead, but i found cutting pliers easier.
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I just did something like this. Converted usb 3.0 controller to be front mounted. Just made usb sized slots and screw holes into the metal mesh bay cover.

I found that the disc on my dremel was too big for making precision cuts, but that may because I am not too accustom to using it. I found it easier to just use cutting pliers and expanding the cuts with either the cutting pliers or various dremel attachments.

so if you're confident with the dremel go ahead, but i found cutting pliers easier.
Thanks. Actually I ended up using a step bit to cut the holes for the switches, and to cut the corners of the rectangular hole for the temp sensor. Then, using a reinforced wheel on the dremel, I finished. Here's the result, btw:

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Nice job!
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That looks great!!
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Nice work

When I have need to make holes in something like this at work (truck mech.) I clamp the material between two pieces of wood so that it is fully supported
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