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What do you use to cut holes in your case

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I wanna cut some for my psu on my antec 900 thinking of using a hole saw but not sure if itll tear it or it will be a clean cut.
 
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Most of the time I use some painters tape(the blue stuff) to tape off were I am about to cut, grab a CD for the circle and trace it. You can either use a dremel or a hole saw. If using a hole saw take a ruler and make a X within the circle so you know were your center is.
 
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Tin snips
 
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I can picture that coming out bad lol
lawl, my case is a jagged mis-shapen monstrosity, but there's now slightly better airflow. :roll:
 
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I use a dremel;)
 
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I punch right through it Chuck Norris Style!

Nah most people use a drill bit and cut a pretty hole. Dremel is another option with the appropriate tips.
 
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Best way is to mark a circle, use a small drill-bit and drill as many holes arround it, then rasp till u are close to the mark ... easiest and cleanest way to do ....
 
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Really haven't tried by myself...But I saw some guys doing it...
check my thread Projekt "cosmos" 1000, if done that with the upper fan cover pic avaible
 
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dremel for me.. slowly but surely :)
 

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jigsaw with a nice metal blade
 

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+1 big time!

the more you do it the better you will get.. I have a pair of them that are over 30 years old and they cut just fine.
Best way is to mark a circle, use a small drill-bit and drill as many holes arround it, then rasp till u are close to the mark ... easiest and cleanest way to do ....
The prob is the amount of time needed, all the metal bits left over, and tons of chances to slip and scratch the case

If using a hole saw take a ruler and make a X within the circle so you know were your center is.
best way other than tin snips as long as you get a good quality hole saw

dremel for me.. slowly but surely :)
very expensive for all the cutting wheels (not to mention in the last 2 years I have gone through 4 Dremel tools)

jigsaw with a nice metal blade
works well as long as the surface is protected and a very fine blade is used..

I punch right through it Chuck Norris Style!
only works if ur chuck Norris:respect:
 
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+1 big time!

the more you do it the better you will get.. I have a pair of them that are over 30 years old and they cut just fine.

The prob is the amount of time needed, all the metal bits left over, and tons of chances to slip and scratch the case


best way other than tin snips as long as you get a good quality hole saw


very expensive for all the cutting wheels (not to mention in the last 2 years I have gone through 4 Dremel tools)


works well as long as the surface is protected and a very fine blade is used..


only works if ur chuck Norris:respect:


Make shure u Tape the area good if already painted, else sand it later on and then paint it ..... it´s up to you and what u can handle, drilling & rasp, saw with dremel or hole saw......
 

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tape does nothing when a drill bit slips....

I saw the big oval you did that way and let me tell you it took 1000X more skill than a hole saw or tin snips... the thing is 99% wouldnt be able to do as nice a job as you did..(me included)
 

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i'm another dremel user although i use it around the house for other things too.
 
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Drill and then nibbler tool... gives the striaghtest cut and saves alot of sanding time. Only does straight lines well tho.



it can do curved likes too but its alot harder than it looks, also thick metal with break your hands.
 

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that looks like fun....
:laugh: Im still healing after trying to nibble out an hole from a 2mm thick aluminum. But hey it looks good... Ive ruined 3 [cheap] cases because of my suckage with tin snips.

That grizzly is awesome...
 

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lol, ALWAYS get the good ones (Wiss) and my fav is the red handle ones (left hand cuts)
 
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tape does nothing when a drill bit slips....

I saw the big oval you did that way and let me tell you it took 1000X more skill than a hole saw or tin snips... the thing is 99% wouldnt be able to do as nice a job as you did..(me included)
thx

if u take your time and don´t rush you can do it !
 
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Personally, only ever used a dremel. My neighbour (Rolls Royce Engineer retiree) recommended tin snips, and I did use them for a few holes in my old 900, however since I have used my rotary tool with some reinforced wheels - usually one wheel will last me 2 - 3 cuts, but im still learning how to use one efficiently.

My advice? A rotary tool with some tough cutting discs and a pack of files.
 
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I used my dremel, but then it broke. So now I drill a lot of small holes in circles with my ordinary drill, and then just "cut" it out (hard to explain), and after that I have to remove all the sharp edges from the the leftover holes.. Went faster with the dremel.