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  • Acrylic/plexiglass led case

    I'm not quite done yet, but here are some pics of the carpc case I'm working on. This case was made out of a single piece of acrylic and does not use any glue whatsoever. Let me know what you think.

    oh, and...that's the glovebox of my 04 Acura TL, btw.
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    Gorgeous.
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    Everything is in the car and working.
    I painted the cilpboard mount and it looks good.
    Shutdown/Startup is working excellent!
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    • #3
      thats very nice. how did you get it illuminated ? cold cathode or LED's. any detailed pics ?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by shldn
        thats very nice. how did you get it illuminated ? cold cathode or LED's. any detailed pics ?
        Did you even read the title of the thread?

        I concur with the other two posters, even the one that doesn't read the title but only looks at the pretty pictures. It's very nice work.
        Not my style, but still nice.
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?



        Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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        • #5
          looks good!
          "I'm going back to Cali(Iraq), Cali(Iraq), Cali(Iraq), I'm going back to Cali(Iraq), Cali(Iraq), Cali(Iraq), I know so!!!!" Now I'm here!!

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          • #6
            there are 11 LEDs that light up the case. I don't have any detailed pics, as the layout is actually pretty nasty...lol...that's why there are 7 hidden under the mobo and 4 above/behind the HDD.

            thanks, DP and riddle
            CarPC #3: 99% Complete
            Pentium M 1.7Ghz, 1GB DDR2 RAM
            DVD/CD-RW installed in dash below monitor
            OEM LCD relocated for 7" Touchscreen
            Wi-Fi, GPS, PS2 controllers...
            500+ full albums
            4,000+ video games
            music videos, movies, & more!
            old carPC

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            • #7
              unless it is hidden while you drive, would kill your eyes in the night time.
              Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pepsibobby
                unless it is hidden while you drive, would kill your eyes in the night time.
                it's in the glovebox, so you don't even see it while driving
                CarPC #3: 99% Complete
                Pentium M 1.7Ghz, 1GB DDR2 RAM
                DVD/CD-RW installed in dash below monitor
                OEM LCD relocated for 7" Touchscreen
                Wi-Fi, GPS, PS2 controllers...
                500+ full albums
                4,000+ video games
                music videos, movies, & more!
                old carPC

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                • #9
                  Where did you get the curved plexiglass/acrylic from or did you do that yourself?
                  My Jeep

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                  • #10
                    Looks great. The glow from the glove box will look fantastic. I'm interested in learning how you bent the acrylic too. Any chance of a little more help for the bendy challenged?
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                    • #11
                      Here's how it's done.

                      bending acrylic is actually very simple this way. It limits the heat affected zone to only what is needed to effect the bend. after the acrylic sheet sits on the hot line for long enough, especially with thin plastics you will be able to bend it by hand. The best thing to do is have a clamp or form ready so that it will hold the correct angle while you free your hands to spray the bend area with water to cool it and lock it in place.
                      Et ipsa scientia potestas est.

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                      • #12
                        hey guys, I don't know why I didn't see your replies before.

                        Anyway, I started out bending thinner sheets of acrylic using a candle to heat it up. Then moving on to a propane torch, and eventually ended up using a heat gun.

                        You can get a heat gun for about $10-25 from Home Depot near the paint section. Essentially, you heat both sides of the acrylic along the line for the bend. To get a good, straight line, clamp a board on either side the entire width of the line you want to bend. Heat up both sides as necessary. The acrylic will become pliable and you can bend it to whatever degree you desire.

                        As far as cutting, I used a knife looking tool made to score acrylic. Score a few times along your cut line and then break. I use a propane torch to melt the edges for a smooth finish...this takes a lot of time and practice. Too much heat with a propane torch will set the edge on fire. Just before the fire, tiny bubbles are introduced into the acrylic (doesn't look good). I haven't seen the acrylic flame up from the heat gun, but it will certainly introduce bubbles if you apply to much heat at once. PM me if you have any questions.
                        CarPC #3: 99% Complete
                        Pentium M 1.7Ghz, 1GB DDR2 RAM
                        DVD/CD-RW installed in dash below monitor
                        OEM LCD relocated for 7" Touchscreen
                        Wi-Fi, GPS, PS2 controllers...
                        500+ full albums
                        4,000+ video games
                        music videos, movies, & more!
                        old carPC

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