The invisible case

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conclusion, FAQ. and thank you

I just know you want to see that LCD light up. I’m sorry I didn’t have time to mod it. My polarizing film should be here next week, so for now pretend it’s inverted, alright?

LCDs are really difficult to photograph, or maybe it’s just me. Also note the badge, yet another detail to brag.

Let me also take a moment to thank BasieP for the brilliant LCD Smartie 5, it’s the best LCD software I’ve used. The bottom line there is scrolling :: :: we’re on the case :: for your viewing pleasure, please try to visualize it for me, alright?

OK, peeps, that’s about it. I’ve showed you 78 pictures so far, but I took well over 200 in the process, and lost a few along the way, but it was a blast building this, and I appreciate the chance to share it with you. Thanks for reading what I have to say here. I’ve said before, the community is what makes this so rewarding to me, so make sure you head to the forums and let me know what you think.

In a futile attempt to address what will be common questions:

  • This case is made of Plexiglas G, cell cast acrylic.
  • The material cost me US$43 cut and edge finished from my local supplier.
  • I used Dremel bit 561 to do all the freehand cuts, and files to shape them.
  • I used wet-dry sandpaper and Novus #2 and #1 plastic polish on the edges of my cuts.
  • I used special drill bits for drilling holes larger than 1/8″
  • I tapped the threads with ordinary tap set, 6-32 pitch.
  • specs: Celeron 1000, OEM Intel HSF, 128MB, 3G HD, Pioneer slot load DVD, MO LK204-25, 150W SFX PSU
  • Yes it was worth the work, it was fun every minute
  • I have no plans to light it: I hate sitting in dark rooms.
  • You didn’t see a power switch–the BIOS lets me power up from the keyboard.
  • I will do another custom case, watch this space!

Update: I’ve been getting a lot of mail about the LCD. For those interested, it is a Matrix Orbital LK 204-25 serial LCD. I give the product and the company my highest recommendation, so if you’re considering an LCD purchase, I don’t think you could do better than a Matrix Orbital. They offer a great selection of other LCD and VFD products as well, so go check them out.

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