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Planning Need some advice on scratch build

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Rhydian, 29 Sep 2011.

  1. Rhydian

    Rhydian New Member

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    I've been spending ages in sketchup, reading guides on modding and looking at project logs and I finally think I'm ready to take my design to the real life.

    Only problem is I'm useless lol. I want this entire build to be about of brushed aluminium, I also want to powder coat so I've already made it a bit more difficult. On top of that I need it to have a easily removable motherboard tray.

    I need some help on the tools and resources I need.

    I've only really got a jigsaw, drill, a few thousand drill bits lol and a couple thousand hand tools such as screw drivers, wrenches, clamps etc all from my father.

    I also have no idea what thickness aluminium I would need for a case.

    I might be a lost cause I'm not sure but hopefully someone might be able to help.
     
  2. Razer2007

    Razer2007 Building Proxima

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    Easiest is to use aluminium bars for a frame, but that is a bit plain. If you want to have more complex structural/supporting components, then you need nice thick pieces, but all depends on your design. You will also need some files.

    Concerning the tools, I use a drill, jigsaw, small grinder (not really needed), a dremel (not really needed for big things) and files. Making a simple case don't require exceptional skills, just do everything as planned and precise.

    Please post you design if you have one.
     
  3. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    You want files and blue tape too. As in: blue tape the alu, print out pattern, glue to tape, cut and file clean, peel and eat.
    1mm is good, depending on your design. something the size of a refrigerator will need structural support.
     
  4. Rhydian

    Rhydian New Member

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  5. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    I think a drill and some hand tools are enough (wood and metal saw + files, rivet gun, tap and die toolset)
     
  6. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    Cases are usually made of 2mm aluminium. I'd go 3mm for added l33tness.
     
  7. Razer2007

    Razer2007 Building Proxima

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  8. Rhydian

    Rhydian New Member

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    Ok :)
     
  9. Archer

    Archer Talga Vassternich - Deserve Victory

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    3mm is going to get heavy fast, but if you dont mind that, it will be pretty dam strong
     
  10. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    It's aluminium. Trust me, that won't add a lot to the weight.
     
  11. Archer

    Archer Talga Vassternich - Deserve Victory

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    Vs steel, yes its much much lighter. But at 3mm it will still be quite heavy, at least for me it is, anything over 10kg (empty case) is heavy in my world! :p With 2mm panels I only just made it to around 9kg I think
     

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