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Old 15th April, 2002, 02:52 PM
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Lian Li PC65, clear acrylic side panel, mod question

Was just wondering how hard or easy it is to cut a blowhole in the acrylic side panel of the Lian Li PC65???

I understand that if i use a rotary tool, i.e. Dremel or B&D RTX, it might not come out very nice coz the cutoff wheel produces a lot of friction that melts plastic.

Anybody know how these guys did this??? What tools they used???
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Use one of those hole cutters that attach to the end of a drill. That should be the easiest and fastest way.
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Old 15th April, 2002, 05:18 PM
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yes, they make a fly-cutter for doing holes in plastic, they are fairly cheap and do an excellent job, just make sure you dont spin it so fast as to melt the plastic
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Old 15th April, 2002, 09:20 PM
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I've used a dremel, i've just taken my time so i don't melt it too bad..then sand.
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So what type of cutter should I use for my fan-in-plexiglass window mod?
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Old 21st April, 2002, 06:51 AM
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Set your dremmel on 3, and use a 1/8" drill bit. Thant's how I cut all my plastic. Go clockwise around the hole when you cut, so the melties will be on the slug that you are removing. If you go counter-clockwise, it's gonna suck, and suck bad.

You have to keep both hands on the dremel, and it does take a while, but the results are beautiful. Use a piece of sand paper to perfect the edges if you want, but you won't need to if you practice for like 5 whole minutes on a scrap of plastic.
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Old 21st April, 2002, 06:55 AM
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This method works on sheet metal too, but I'd suggest clamping the panel to a piece of plywood for control. Cut through the metal with the bit burried in the plywood. DO NOT crank the dremmel all the way to 6. You will make an awful mess of your box, as it just cuts too fast that way. No room for error at that speed.
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Set your dremmel on 3, and use a 1/8" drill bit.
Use a drill bit??? NOT a cut off wheel???
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Old 21st April, 2002, 07:01 AM
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Here's a 120mm hole I did in my RAID case a couple days ago. Just a dremel, and a drill bit.

That is a plastic part.
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Old 21st April, 2002, 07:02 AM
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I like mine better.............
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Old 21st April, 2002, 07:43 AM
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Now there's a man who knows that Milwaukee rocks.

A 4.5" Milwaukee holesaw with a 3/8" arbor is THE setup for 120mm blowholes...metal, plastic or ex wives, cuts thru 'em all like buttaaaa.

Not cheap but hey what is anymore?

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I'm just guessing, but isn't that's a 3 inch wood hole saw, Spyder?

That is a NICE drill though. How much did it set you back (and how much would it have been if you had paid street price?)
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Old 21st April, 2002, 09:47 AM
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3.125" for 80mm...darn nitpickerz!

That is no doubt one schweeet setemup though Spyder.

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bah u big show off!

isnt it a little awkward to us being at rightangles like that? or do you just show the case that thing and it goes "oh pants!" and a perfect hole falls out of it?
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makes sense...kinda like us pissin' our pants when we're scared huh?

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That drill set me back $219- but when i wire houses- and built the deck on my beach house- it was WELL worth it- its just a 80mm hole saw- heres what i does :-D
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Why do you cut 80mm blowholes? Seems like a waste of time. I Do 120's. If there are no other options, and the space just ain't there, I'll do an 80mm.

You need a bigger hole saw buddy.
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I have a 120mm- but i dont have any QUIET 120mm fans that would work- and id rather use whad i have :-D
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Old 21st April, 2002, 09:13 PM
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yeah, the 80's are quieter.
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Who makes a good 120mm fan? Not good as in high CFM, but a good lookin' (Clear?) and quiet fan. And what size hole saw do I use on it?
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