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    I started looking arround for materials I could easily work and not spend alot of money on.

    My first thought was wood, but decided it was not what I wanted.

    Browsing at the local hobby store I spotted foam core.... Thought I would test it out.

    I also found a site showing how some shapes and suggestions on cutting/glueing.

    http://www.deziner.com/site/deziner/...t/foamcore.htm

    It is not my site but it helped me.
    The foam core was $5.00 I already had the exacto/excel hobby knife and the straight edge.

    I'll post pics when I get access to a camera.

    Looks like I made it to 1000 posts. I hope this is still rewarding at 2000 and more.
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  • #2
    you just reminded me of the foam we use at uni to make blades and airfoils. it is a a dense foam that can be cut and filed and would be perfect for making my dash - right off to pinch some tomorrow.

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    • #3
      I am very pleased, I have the box down to 10 x 10 x 4 inches. It is much smaller than the old metal briefcase I was using.

      Hope it helps others.

      Cheers
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      • #4
        if you want something a little more rigid yet pretty easy to work with try pvc. I made a monitor frame with the stuff and it looks really good.
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        • #5
          any pictures?

          Originally posted by scott_fx
          if you want something a little more rigid yet pretty easy to work with try pvc. I made a monitor frame with the stuff and it looks really good.

          How about some pics of it, pls.

          thanks
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          • #6
            hrmmm - interesting...wonder how this stuff would hold up to the chemicals one would use in fabrication materials.....
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            • #7
              I have worked with foamcore in the past. Once you start working and become accustomed to it, you will see that it is easy to get the results you desire.

              On another note, i have seen this stuff catch on fire pretty easy. In building a case are you planning on doing anything in particular to reduce the chance of a fire?

              -S

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jay_tu
                How about some pics of it, pls.

                thanks

                I'll post pics but not until the whole car pc (monitor, pc, amp, and speakers) are completely installed, look out for a full write up too
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scorpnstail
                  I have worked with foamcore in the past. Once you start working and become accustomed to it, you will see that it is easy to get the results you desire.

                  On another note, i have seen this stuff catch on fire pretty easy. In building a case are you planning on doing anything in particular to reduce the chance of a fire?

                  -S
                  What would the PC due to cause the foamcore to light up? I can think of no reason to be concerned with this.
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                  • #10
                    there is a 12v wire going to the pcu. if there was a short and it wasn't fused correctly it could lead to problems.

                    aslo; foamcore will provide very little structural rigidity, i wouldn't use this in an exposed application.
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                    Transflective Xenarc

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TruckinMP3
                      What would the PC due to cause the foamcore to light up? I can think of no reason to be concerned with this.
                      I admit that the chance of this occuring is very slim to null.

                      I just wanted to bring up a possible issue that could be a concern to someone.

                      no harm done

                      -S

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by scott_fx
                        there is a 12v wire going to the pcu. if there was a short and it wasn't fused correctly it could lead to problems.

                        aslo; foamcore will provide very little structural rigidity, i wouldn't use this in an exposed application.
                        Actually it comes in several thicknesses... and short spans are fairly rigid.
                        Still it is not sheet metal.... I belive that was the point of the thread.
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                        • #13
                          cool; that's news to me. i didnt realize that it came in anything but the size that you got for mounting posters.
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                          Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
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                          Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
                          Transflective Xenarc

                          My Car Pc Install
                          My Boat Pc worklog

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                          • #14
                            You can also change the structure by ribbing. much like adding dimension to sheet metal to make it hold a shape.
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