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For some years, I've always wanted to do a painted on map of the game grid from Tron but it's very hard to do this one.

One: lots of fine line so making mask or stencil is out.
Two: professional painter that could paint directly and cleanly won't come cheap. I paint like a 5 year old kid who OD'ed on Red Bull.

Three: Printing fluorescent ink on transparent sheet is probably my easiest option but I'd have to find a fluorescent printer first!

fluorescent ink from printer isn't readily available at consumer level. There used to be Canon BC-29F but that was more than a decade ago so I doubt any ink cart are still around that hasn't dried up. Not that it matters, printer that can use it hasn't been around since XP came out so it's likely they are not supported on Vista or 7.

There are 3rd party non OEM tanks but I have no idea of the quality of those ink or if they'd printer well on printable transparent sheet at all. Not to mention i couldn't find any ink that is compatible with Epson T088 or HP 920 series ink cart.
    
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Just as an idea to bounce off, you might try UV wire.

That would work for the logo and for fine lines, but wouldn't be too great on other things like images etc.

Depends exactly what you want. If you just wan to do some UV shapes/lines on top of a clear case window then I'd say just using a thin clear blue acrylic would work -> dremel, grinder -> jigsaw -> file and glue it to the inside. Or use a thick blue acrylic and glue to outside of window.
Edited by gcampton - 4/7/11 at 5:47am
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Just as an idea to bounce off, you might try UV wire.
Simple UV wire would work, or if you want to get fancy then look up EL wire. It's what people use to make Tron costumes, backpacks etc and looks brighter than UV wire.
post #4 of 17
Just get the image you want laser etched into acrylic and edge light it. That's what I did. I had OCN artisan Pedgette make this for me at an amazing price. The detail is much better than my crappy camera can capture.




My work log for the window is here: http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...l#post12882302
Edited by Philistine - 4/7/11 at 8:00am
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^^ That for sure. You will be much happier with the effect.

Once you have a design, you can take it to most local sign/trophy shops and they can etch it for you. One thing to note, if you want a "frosted" look on any part of the etching, the acrylic panel must be CAST acrylic or it won't work.
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Can laser etching do the map like the one below? I checked the other link, it does look good but it'd be limited to one color as there would be no way to make a separate yellow only lighted center area while the whole area is in blue.
    
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Laser etching should have no problem doing that design. Lighting it in different colors would be an issue though. With side lighting a panel, the light goes through the entire panel. You can do multiple colors from different sides/angles, but there would be a color bleed over for sure.

Hmmmm - maybe for the orange part, you could try lighting that specific area with led's? I'm thinking glue/mount the led directly to the spot, and then cover them from behind with another material so the color doesn't bleed into the case . . . but the colors would still blend on the panel itself.

Ooh! How about making the orange circle a fan? You could have a orange led fan installed there, and have an acrylic fan grill made in the pattern you want. It would glow orange from the lights on the fan. May not be the exact look, but close enough me thinks!
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Ooh! How about making the orange circle a fan? You could have a orange led fan installed there, and have an acrylic fan grill made in the pattern you want. It would glow orange from the lights on the fan. May not be the exact look, but close enough me thinks!
That's what I thought too when I saw the image, but then the orange and green would probably blend together to make a brownish color. Only way to find out is test. Philistine can probably shed more light on this.
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It is possible to get two colors to show. But it requires a couple tricks. This is something I'm working on for my next build. I've not tested this yet but this is how it could work.

Going from the image the OP posted you would have one sheet etched with the blue pattern and a second sheet etched with the orange pattern. When you lay one sheet on top of the other they would need to align so they appear as the original image. In order to get each sheet to light up separately you need to direct the blue and orange light individually. How to do this? El wire and rubber u-channel. You would take the EL wire and stuff it into the u-channel and then wrap the u-channel around the edge of each window thus directing the light into each pane separately. The end result should be just like the picture the OP posted above. There may be some bleeding of color between the two panes but it should be minimal as long as the etchings don't overlap.
Edited by Philistine - 4/8/11 at 2:28am
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Sounds like 2 layer plexi is probably the best way short of looking for UV ink, transparency sheet, and UV lamp. This can still be done with LEDs (less power, no inverter needed) if I line the edge, between the sheet, with something like black construction paper to keep LEDs from bleeding light across each other.

Looking at my case, it's K62 whose side window is mounted on the outside. Just my luck, I have an oddball case with window mounted outside rather than the usual inside. So I'd have to get 2 sheets mounted on the inside, move the windowed panel to the other side of the case (panel are not specific to side), take the non windowed panel, cut an opening, install window and light, enjoy.

Sending PM to someone who can do this to get an idea of how much.
Edited by wilykat - 4/8/11 at 9:13am
    
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