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tragd August 18, 2011 08:34 PM

side panel window mod - flimsy acrylic sheets?
interested in adding a window to my side panel.

currently looking for clear sheets to buy - a local art shop has some, there's also home hardware, etc.

i went to the local art shop and they had acrylic sheets (plexiglass), and i noticed that it is rather quite flimsy. the thinner sheets bend like rubber (a little tougher than rubber), but is nothing close to what a computer case side panel window is like.

is this just because of the thickness of the sheet? or are there different types of sheets with different "toughness"?

i am looking to mimic normal case side panel windows, and don't think those flimsy sheets will do the job.

what acrylic sheets should i be looking for?

thanks very much in advance!

supaflyx3 August 18, 2011 08:49 PM

1/8" plexi IMO, should be strong but cheap.

Toyoracer August 18, 2011 10:11 PM

+1 and check out glass shops very good prices, plus they have cut bin even cheaper

terrybear August 19, 2011 07:45 PM

priced out clear plexi @ rona awhile back $14 for a 10x20 sheet i believe it was, ya still gotta do a demil & crap as well ...

tragd August 20, 2011 11:29 PM

1/8" is pretty thick isn't it? My current one on my ase now is not that thick I think.. I thought maybe a different type of material for the rigidness..? They are all same?

supaflyx3 August 21, 2011 12:05 AM

1/8" is around 3mm, not that thick.

tragd August 21, 2011 05:31 AM

Oh. In that case the 1/8in plexiglas is pretty flimsy - wobbles quite a bit. Is that normal? Or am I looking at the wrong item.
Does anyone have experience with home depot optix acrylic? I've not seen it in person, but are those sturdy at 1/8in or are they all the same? Thanks.

supaflyx3 August 21, 2011 05:54 AM

Clear & Colored Computer Case Windows
That's what you want to look for, and as i said, 1/8" is what you want :p

Toyoracer August 21, 2011 06:26 AM

Hi tragd, I used 1/8" Lexan for my window, glued in but double sided tape in strips would be the same, there is basically no flex in panel.

I buy all my acrylic from Speedy Glass.

supaflyx3 August 21, 2011 06:27 AM

Quick question, what did you use to cut your side panel? I'm thinking about putting a window in my case.

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