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    buying perforated metal sheet to bend into a DIY computer case

    http://www.wovenwire.co.uk/Images/la...ndholeperf.jpg

    I want to buy some really nice looking grill material preferably made of aluminium to bend into a micro ATX case.

    the idea is that because it is full of holes it should be really easy to fix all the components into the smallest possible space.

    so far I have found some aluminium stuff which is 2.5mm thickness.

    I don't know what to get exactly, if it is too thin it will be flimsy and too thick it will be heavy and hard to bend right.

    Any ideas?
    Last edited by prehensile; 30-03-2007 at 03:08 PM.

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    Re: buying perforated metal sheet to bend into a DIY computer case

    I got some of my perforated metal from Cadisch, I highly recommend them. Check the link below:

    perforated sheet

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    Re: buying perforated metal sheet to bend into a DIY computer case

    Nice idea, airflow might be tricky. I'd imagine you want around 2mm max? easy enough to bend but sturdy.

    I never realised it's so expensive, that site linked above is madness!

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    Re: buying perforated metal sheet to bend into a DIY computer case

    Seems a bit more reasonable

    But also, though you'd have to contact them for prices.

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    Re: buying perforated metal sheet to bend into a DIY computer case

    If you want easy to source materials that you could have a look at before you bought (or if you just want to get a feel for what Aluminium sheet is like), B&Q do a range of sheet metals that may be in stock at your local store (there's a local stock checker on their site as well). They're generally of a lower thickness than the stuff you were looking at, but it would give you an idea of how flexible different thicknesses are and what you'd need to be looking for to get relative structural stability (although I don't think a bent metal case is ever going to be that solid as it won't have any bracing to support the structure...).

    An mATX board is 24cm in each direction, so if your plan is "as small as possible" a 500mm x 500mm sheet (~ £20 - £30 depending on pattern) might do you... Of course, if the material is too flexible you could always make a frame and attach mesh / perforated panels...

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    Re: buying perforated metal sheet to bend into a DIY computer case

    modders mesh springs to mind but I think that only comes in rleatively small sheets
    HEX pattern http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/prod...oducts_id=1862
    Small hole http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/prod...oducts_id=1516
    large hole http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/prod...oducts_id=1854

    woven mesh is cheaper but a bit of a pig to work with
    I've got my woven wire mesh front this ebay seller before http://stores.ebay.co.uk/MeshCompany
    The problem with woven wire mesh is that it's just held together by tension so it can unravel as you try to manipulate it.
    welded metal wire mesh is better as it doesn't unravel however you cannot generally find that in small hole sizes.

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    Re: buying perforated metal sheet to bend into a DIY computer case

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob_B View Post
    Nice idea, airflow might be tricky. I'd imagine you want around 2mm max? easy enough to bend but sturdy.

    I never realised it's so expensive, that site linked above is madness!
    It's also spam.

    Check the user's homepage, he's an SEO spammer who has a testimonial from the site he's linked.
    |Kata: "Read title as 'fisting'. Not sure why I clicked. Relieved, really."|
    |TAKTAK: "It was so small that mine wouldn't fit into it"|

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    Re: buying perforated metal sheet to bend into a DIY computer case

    Someone should email Simon Cadisch and tell him his SEO company engages in somewhat shady practices like spamming popular forums with keywork links to get a leg up on the google results table.

    Someone should also point out in this thread that Murden Enterprises are a somewhat shady SEO company that use dubious practices and ignore the terms and conditions of forums in order to promote their clients in an underhand manner. (I believe that is all factually correct but will happily have it edited should our mods think I've pushed the line a bit far ).

    And hopefully that'll get picked up by google next time someone thinks about using Murden Enterprises for SEO...

    oh, and I take it that reply has been reported?

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    Re: buying perforated metal sheet to bend into a DIY computer case

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Someone should email Simon Cadisch and tell him his SEO company engages in somewhat shady practices like spamming popular forums with keywork links to get a leg up on the google results table.

    Someone should also point out in this thread that Murden Enterprises are a somewhat shady SEO company that use dubious practices and ignore the terms and conditions of forums in order to promote their clients in an underhand manner. (I believe that is all factually correct but will happily have it edited should our mods think I've pushed the line a bit far ).

    And hopefully that'll get picked up by google next time someone thinks about using Murden Enterprises for SEO...

    oh, and I take it that reply has been reported?
    It has

    I too will edit the quote should the need arise.
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