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Old 04-21-03, 10:10 AM Thread Starter   #1
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I need a lightweight material...for


Im gonna be modding a window into my PSX(not a small dinky ps1, but the big old gray ones ) and most likely going to paint it also...since hte gear for the opening of it is pretty weak im worried that i may weigh it down to much so that u would have to bring it open by hand, which wouldnt make me happy :|

Soo...im wondering, what would the lightest material be fore this job? It also needs to be avaliable in about 1/8" thickness or 3/16" if possible...thanks for the help i certainly will post the pics when i finish

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Old 04-21-03, 10:14 AM   #2
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A 1/16th or 1/32nf inch sheet of Acetate weighs next to nothing. Acetate is used for vacuu-form packaging or laminating. It's what you normall cut through when you buy a new product that's packaged in a clear bubble container.

You could order a really small sheet cheaply from www.mcmaster.com

It's also a piece of cake to work with since you can just cut it with scissors or tin snips.

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Old 04-21-03, 10:17 AM Thread Starter   #3
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I know when stuff is laminated its not easy to break, but how does this stuff look say for a window?? Have you ever used it??

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Old 04-21-03, 12:20 PM   #4
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I use it for CD-ROM windows and such applications that have almost no space for other materials. It's also really flexible.

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Old 04-21-03, 06:04 PM   #5
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you can get that stuff at most any office supply stor that has laminating sheets. I would put two clear sheets together to sive extra duribility, and then use superglue to hold it in place where you have the window going.
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Old 04-22-03, 12:28 PM   #6
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I have used the stuff for a HDD window and it works great.

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Old 04-22-03, 07:48 PM Thread Starter   #7
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Hmm ok, now that im pretty sure ill use this stuff, ill just have to make sure i make a clean cut on the cover of the playstation

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Old 04-22-03, 08:22 PM   #8
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just in case you haven't decided yet, I've used acrylic before, they have all sorts of thicknesses at http://www.mcmaster.com/ and it is pretty sturdy and see through. I used acrylic when I created a window for my case. Its another possibility...
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Old 04-22-03, 08:29 PM Thread Starter   #9
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Just a question....have you evetr used a psx? coz im just worried that it would be to wayred down and the gear wouldnt be able to push itself open....so i need something really lightweight...

but acryllic would be the best if i could find a light sheet =\

Thanks for the help!

*edit*i noticed that they only offer opaque (non-see through) material on there website (acrylic wise....) so i dont think ill be getting it from there...loll

Thanks tho! */edt*

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Old 04-22-03, 11:21 PM   #10
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Good luck with the mod. Please post picts when completed. Thanks.

BTW: You may even want to stick a LED in there. Not sure if it could mess up/ interfer the laser, but it sure would look cool.

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Old 04-22-03, 11:24 PM Thread Starter   #11
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Yeh, i was planning to pop a few led's in there...since im not sure how much extra power i would need to run em out of the normal circuit that goes directly to the system, im tempted to wire em to a little battery holder and have a toggle switch for that...the pack would be located in the back....

But the laser is something i never thought about....im thinkin as long as it really doesnt expose to much light to the under area of the disc (its pretty thin inside of a psx w/the lid closed) i think it would be ok....but theres only one way to find out.....im gonna try to do the cut this weekend..hopefully id ont mess up...

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Old 04-22-03, 11:55 PM   #12
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How about


Polycarbonate? Like they make those clear plastic containers out of.. ?

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Old 04-23-03, 10:15 AM Thread Starter   #13
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Hmm..im lookin into it right now [OC]Lucifer...thanks for hte idea

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Old 04-23-03, 11:12 AM   #14
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Gump you should be ok, I just look ed at the drive on my original PS.

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Old 04-23-03, 06:46 PM   #15
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i did that, and i just used the lid of a trimmed down jewl case.

By the way, before you chuck the case top, pry out the little play station badge in the lid. Its actually a 3d sticker. Put it on your window
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I recently bought


A HUGE plastic container and mounted one of my comps in it. It looked kind of cazy, like a comp you take with you when you go to do laundry.. *LoL*

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Old 04-24-03, 07:56 PM Thread Starter   #17
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Okey doke...thanks for the stuff guys...and its actually a badge eh?

I thot it was just a "molded" part of the lid... and SniperXX, you mean that the LED's wont mess w/the laser for the cd??

Or did you mean somehting else....

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Old 04-24-03, 09:31 PM   #18
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I dont see how they could but I'm no laser technician. What color leds do you plan to use?

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Old 04-26-03, 11:16 PM Thread Starter   #19
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Oooh, been a while since i replied...im not thinkin of using red since it has the highest frequency...maybe contrast(may not be right word) which i think would interfere with the laser...so im planning on using something a bit in between like a blue or a green...hopefully will cut tomorrow after hte game..
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