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Discussion in 'Modding' started by Arch~Angel, 14 Feb 2004.

  1. Arch~Angel

    Arch~Angel What's a Dremel?

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am in the process of designing a computer using the ITX motherboard design, to create a karaoke machine for my wife. I have these great ideas but during this design process I have run into problems :wallbash: locating materials. I am looking for power and reset buttons for this new custom computer. I am looking for a pushbutton style in brushed Aluminum or steel. I seen a design from a UK web site but I can not longer find this site. I am looking for web sites or companys in the USA that have these types of switches. I have been looking for months now and can not find any of these buttons. I would like them to be the same style (Look) or very close as each other for design factors, and this is the problem. The other problem is locating Arcylic plastic. I cannot find any of this locally and truely need to find some of this. I don't need a huge piece but I do need a place to find the material. If possible I would like to find some solid Arcylic rod or somethign to creat feet for this case. I seen a case design where someone had an LED type glowing feet and this stuck in my mind. Any and all suggestions are appreicated...

    Thanks Again,

    Arch~Angel
     
  2. Altron

    Altron Minimodder

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    Home Depot sells arcrylic.
     
  3. Arch~Angel

    Arch~Angel What's a Dremel?

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    I checked home depot and only seen Plexi-Glass. I did not see any Acrylic. Are they calling it something else?

    Thanks,

    Arch~Angel
     
  4. Altron

    Altron Minimodder

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    Arcrylic and Plexiglass are the same thing.

    Well, the're not, but the're similar enough that they can be used interchangably for your purposes.
     
  5. Arch~Angel

    Arch~Angel What's a Dremel?

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    I was told that Plexi-Glass breaks easy and Arcylic can be bent easy using heat. Also I was told Arcylic is better to use when using LEDs on the ends to transfer light throughout the entire piece. Will Plexi-Glass do the same?

    Thanks,

    Arch~Angel
     
  6. Altron

    Altron Minimodder

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    AFAIk Plexi, Arcrylic, and Perspex are identical in everything but what the're made out of.
     
  7. Arch~Angel

    Arch~Angel What's a Dremel?

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    So what is the best to use for this. I need about a 1/4" thickness in order to drill the holes in the ends for the LED's.

    Thanks,

    Arch~Angel
     
  8. Cecil-San

    Cecil-San What's a Dremel?

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    You should be able to go to Home Depot and Lowe's to get 1/4"
    I know the surrounding stores near me have them...you can even get Lexon which is stronger than Plexi..but alittle more expensive....I'd start w/ Plexiglass as it is cheaper...comes in smaller sizes...is still very strong and can be bent using heat..(as I have done numerous times now for my project)

    I do believe...and I may be wrong...if you plan on bending the plexi...you shouldn't try bending more than 1/4"...I'm sure you can but I read somewhere its not recommended...

    If you can't find it locally...try this site...Tap Plastics

    As for the switches...I can only think of vandal style by the way your describing..
    Vandal Resistant Switch (multiple versions of this switch..just look around the site under hardware&mods/switches)
     
  9. Altron

    Altron Minimodder

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    TBH I think those vandal switchs are horridly overpriced. $25 for a button!?!?!?! Hell, I buy momentary buttons from Parts Express for $0.65 a pop and I think those bad boys are overpriced. I'd consider spending $5 tops on a button, and it would need to be big, shiny, and glowey.
     
  10. Oracle

    Oracle What's a Dremel?

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    um some on on the fourm posted on how to make your own vandal resitant buttons
     
  11. Altron

    Altron Minimodder

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    No they didn't. He made buttons similar to the Bulgin Vandal Resistant ones. His buttons are nto vandal resistant.

    Vandal resistant simply means there is a strong wire connecitng the switch to the plate so it cannot be pulled out.
     
  12. kill_me_quick

    kill_me_quick Big and Blue

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    It actually means that it is Vandal resistant. this is because it is bolted in from the back of the plate and therefore cannot be undone from the front.

    The switch goes on the front of the plate and the nut goes behind:
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  13. Altron

    Altron Minimodder

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    Regular switches are inserted from the back.

    I'm guessing Vandals are inserted from the front, which means the bolt is in the back, which means it can't be undone fro the front.
     

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