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480 RadStand 1/2" Smoked Acrylic

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by CyberDruid, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. CyberDruid

    CyberDruid New Member

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    Check it out.


    And now how it happened;)

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    I started with a template for routing the 1/2" smoked acrylic

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    Attached the template with doublesided tape

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    I removed as much material as possible so as to make the routing smoother

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    It's a bit tedious to cut such thick acrylic with a holesaw but I used compressed air to keep the holesaw cool and eject the chips

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    One side gets a fancy notch for the ports on the rad and I use a smaller holesaw to remove that material

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    And the bandsaw to remove the rest of the waste

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    I use a flush trimming bit in my router table to trim the acrylic to the profile of the template

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    Trimming complete

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    I use the template to guide the acrylic drilling bit

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    And follow up with the 8-32 tap

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    Then a chamfer the edge with a different router

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    This is a huge mess

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    And one more router to put an 1/8" radius on the fan holes

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    This cuts down the blade noise on the fans

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    Test fitting fans

    Then after some block sanding to take out the ripples left by the router and another pass of three through the chamfer bit the parts are ready to assemble

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    I used strips slightly wider than the GTX480 of the 1/2" material and fused the parts together.

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    Acrylic always seems to have a bow to it so I pressed it flat on my tablesaw which is the flattest table I have.

    Somehow Venus manages to sleep through most of it

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    Paper still in place

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    Sanding the routed edges to 320

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    Peeling the paper...my favorite part.

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    very sharp, i like all the detail and thought that went into that.
     
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    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

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    that is absolutely sex
     
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    That's sweet CD! Thanks for the show!!
     
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    great idea :rockout:
    perfectly created!:respect:

    thanks for feeding me mod ideas!:toast:
     
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    Wow. Stellar work as usual CD. :toast:
     
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    Wow, that turned out great man :toast:

    Snowstorm ftw
     
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    Thats some awsome work CD.
    How much do you charge for that.
     
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    $100 is the material cost. The stuff is not cheap. Then figure 5-6 hours of my shop time to get to the point you see in the pics.
     
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    Nice work CD, really like the smoked look rather than clear acrylic.
     
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    Material choice was on the client: basically whatever he cared to afford. I like it too but it is out of my price range :D

    I could make the same thing out of nice plywood for $15 in materials.

    It was fun designing it...that's pretty much where the fun stops when it comes to acrylic projects. Everything else is actual work:nutkick:. And it requires a high degree of concentration despite the repetitve and tedious nature of the work.

    Thanks for all the comments guys:toast:
     
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    what do you use to hold the acrylic together?

    Thanks a 2nd time for showing us this CD! Enjoy watching it all.
     
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    Binge Overclocking Surrealism

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    That stand is freaking sweet!
     
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    A special cement (more like a solvent) that fuses the material together.
     
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    You make some of the most amazing and unique pieces. My hats off to you!!!
     
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