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Hello Peeps :rolleyes:

Just wondering if any one

could be so kind as to do a

how to guide for me on how

to cut shapes in aluminium and

acrylic. Im thinking of buying acrylic

to use as a backplate replacement

mount for my psu as I have had to install

it upside down and therefore the old

backplate holes dont match up. Also wanted

to cut a few shapes in aluminium aswell. Heres

a pic of the backplate im trying to emulate,

sorry bout the size of pic......

http://ii.alatest.co...ower-Case-0.jpg

if you can see in the pic the shape of the fan cut outs is what im on about aswell

as the hole for the psu. Ive got a dremel and jigsaw (least thats what i think it is)

in order to achieve detailed shapes would i need some filing instruments to

achieve what im trying to do? If any one can help please reply and if you have a

part of a build log you could use to illustrate how to id be extremely grateful.

Wishing you all a merry one and a messy one too lol :blink: Cheers Peeps.
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Hey Mike, some sort of scroll saw & pillar drill would be a good start, alternatively I can e-mail you a CAD file for the backplate. :)

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Hey Marcus,
Long time mate, hope u been well and done all your xmas shopping lol.

The saw i got already i believe, will have to look into pillar drill.

Cad file would be great, I take it, thats a template kind of thing right?

Ive seen a few videos on you tube by mpc on dremel technics but was worried may not be able to do the really small cuts like ie the fan cut out pattern on the backplate for the psu.

Im sure alot of noobs would like to see some nice easy guide to go about it. If you can send me the Cad that would be amazing.

For now i will continue trying to do my soldering on wires that need doing. Not going to well though lol as my soldering iron for some reason doesnt maintain intesity of heat think cos its a cheapo.

Again saw a how to video heating up the wires from underneath then applying soler to top side of wires but doesnt seem to transfer

heat aswell as in the video ive seen. result, very unsightly soldering with massive blobs of solder on the wires that looks like blobs lol.

Hopefully ill get better at it cant be bothered buying another iron.

Oh well lol. :rolleyes:
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Just had a look at those pillar drill u were on about.

Thats serious gear mate, not cheap either hehe.

Think ill have to use dremel and saw plus hand files as i already have dremel and saw and only have to get files.

I should be able to cut the fan pattern and the psu holes with that shouldnt I?

The rest of the holes to secure it in with i was just gonna use a normal drill.

What dyou think, rekon it will work on a piece of acrylic, cheers.
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You might be fine or you might find it a really frustrating experience - cutting even simple shapes accurately and with a clean result using hand tools is pretty hard, it's just the people with the nack for it that make it look easy. You might find it's cheap and a lot less stressful to get the designs laser cut. Some might say that's not in the spirit of modding but I tend to go with the option that's probably going to yield the best result - besides doing the cad work is quite fun in itself :)
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Thanks Delgado,

Marcus did my window insert on my rig for me and its a 1st class job.

However part of the fun is doing it yourself, mistakes and all lol and learning. If this was when i was

1st modding id definately have got someone else to do it for me, ie the nice man mr marcus. :rolleyes:

But now I just want to try and do it myself. Mate lol I dont even know what a Cad file is lol. Is it the template of a design?

Good news is that I think my cutting skills are better than my pathetic soldering skills lol!

Thanks Delgado.
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I completely agree and take my hat off to you good sir for making the effort and look forward to the result B)

Myself, I couldn't cut a straight line if my life depended on it :unsure:
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Lol Delgado,

I know how you feel mate,

all the mistakes ive made trying to

mod its a joke. But rewarding when

you get there. Well when i finally get

these mods done and get a camera ill

take pics so you can see how it pans out lol.

Cheers mate.
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laser... end

As you say it takes away the "i did it" feeling but with the messing about and the time you will lose etc etc its worth just having it lasered

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Well Gooders,

Luv the name by the way :rolleyes: I have listened to your advice and thought

about it overnight and have come to agree with you. Maybe I would be better off getting it done by laser. But by who!? Mr Marcus Dandy Im hoping

is the who. Lol!

Marcus If you read this by any chance and are still offering to do a Cad for me which is the Computer aided design, im learning lol then please get intouch with me either on this post or pm me. Thanks

all and a very messy xmas to you all! Personally I cant wait to see the back of 2010! lol B)

Gooders Just thought will get Marcus to do it for me properly and get myself a sheet of Acrylic to see if how well I can manage to do it aswell as I luv a challenge and currently have no girlfriend or pc to play with. :blink: lol.
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:rolleyes: Was that a joke or have i missed some internet hummor?

Depending how complex you need something drawing let me know, i do have solidworks, turbo cad as well as mach 3 and code shark mill so i can draw somthings but complex things i get the lads to draw!

Our laser wont cut plastics, metals only!

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Not sure what part you thought was a joke :blink:

Marcus suggested making a cad for me, i had no idea

what it was so i looked it up on internet. Was that the

joke part you were on about. Or me trying with a piece

of acrylic to see if I could manage to do it myself. Whatever

you thought was the joke do let me know as im confused now lol.

Yea unfortunately this part I done is in Acrylic im afraid so as you

said you only do metal work :huh: Oh well... Wonder who else may do

it for me? Hopefully Like i said Marcus said hed do a Cad for me. Not sure

if that meant hed be willing to cut it for me too. Hope it did. Let you know

when Marcus gets back to me. Lol! Im dying to know what you thought was

a joke. B)
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Well Gooders,

Luv the name by the way :rolleyes:

Didnt know if you were taking the mick or me having a bad day,

Anyway what is it you need drawing?

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Lol glad we got that sorted then,

I liked the name for real mate.

Anyway what I wanted drawing was

the backplate where the psu mounts

on to the back of the psu... like on here...

http://www.google.co...l=en&tbs=isch:1

Only difference is that I will be mounting the psu round the other way round.

Psu on top and fans on bottom as a result.

Its how ive got it done already in my rig.

Only problem is upside down holes obviously dont fit

only 2 of em do. What i wanted to do was to do the

same plate at the back in acrylic with corrected holes

and replace the one ive got. If you think you can help

let me know. Marcus said he draw it for me aswell but

not got back to me yet. Cheers dude.
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I'll dig it up off the old HD tomorrow and chuck it in an e-mail to you.

I won't be able to laser it though, I've not been doing it for 6+ months now and most places are closed until New Year.

Gooders or Andy may be able to do it if you're happy to settle for an aluminum version rather than acrylic though?

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Lol glad we got that sorted then,

I liked the name for real mate.

Anyway what I wanted drawing was

the backplate where the psu mounts

on to the back of the psu... like on here...

http://www.google.co...l=en&tbs=isch:1

Only difference is that I will be mounting the psu round the other way round.

Psu on top and fans on bottom as a result.

Its how ive got it done already in my rig.

Only problem is upside down holes obviously dont fit

only 2 of em do. What i wanted to do was to do the

same plate at the back in acrylic with corrected holes

and replace the one ive got. If you think you can help

let me know. Marcus said he draw it for me aswell but

not got back to me yet. Cheers dude.


My bad, was not a good day yesterday :)

Thats cool mate, as you will see in marcus's post hes got it for you but should you need anything changing and can not get hold of marcus then let me know and i shall edit it if i can for you,

I'll dig it up off the old HD tomorrow and chuck it in an e-mail to you.

I won't be able to laser it though, I've not been doing it for 6+ months now and most places are closed until New Year.

Gooders or Andy may be able to do it if you're happy to settle for an aluminum version rather than acrylic though?


We will do std mild steel at work only due to cutting gas, tho i can get you a quote from others for other types of material to be cut!

Tho as marcus said it wont be till after crimbo now prob mid jan

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Cheers Marcus,

will look forward to email.

didnt realise you werent cutting

any more. Sorry mate my mistake.

Yea gooders, new year is all good.

Im overloaded with financial burdens

at the moment so im in no rush. Really

gutted cant get it done in acrylic though :huh:

Acrylic sheets are cheap so gonna buy one and

see how well i can manage to do it. So cheers

gooders and i will keep you abreast of the situation.

Many many thanks. B)
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No problem mate,

If needs be i will find somone who will cut it for you.

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Cheers Gooders,

Wishing you and everyone on

the watercooling forums a Merry

Xmas! And a big shout all to all

who have helped me out and at the

same time have become mates on here.

Cheers. B)
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