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    Default What makes a good case

    So my system is now too big for the first case I made. What materials do you guys use to make a case? For my first one I used a SKB gear case and made a rack with the Laser heads and Galvos mounted to a plate then everything else mounted to wood. How about costs?

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    Here is my "inside" mount for all lasers and the power supply+galvos..




    And I have a custom made Flight-case under production for this mount!
    My uncle is making a case out of wood (I dont know the name of that type wood, but it`s very strong and not so thick)
    So I will take that Case and put this alu-mount inside the wooden case..
    So there will be no problem to take out the lasers for cleaning and adjusting...




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    The most important thing for a multi color laser is a thick base plate. Anything under 10mm will be useless, and you will have alignment issues
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    I have a 1/2" base plate for the optics just need to protect the rest

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    Sweet!!

    I personally prefer cnc punched steel for our lasers.

    Another thng to think about is dust sealing the optics.. I hate cleaning optics, and if they are dust sealed, i dont have to clean them so often
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    8) I had a lot of computer data storage cabinets and the like and kept a few for this purpose. My new rig is a little on the large side, but easily modified for the task at hand. This cabinet was an older DSL router hub for a network. http://photonlexicon.com/gallery/album50/100_1693
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    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng3
    8) I had a lot of computer data storage cabinets and the like and kept a few for this purpose. My new rig is a little on the large side, but easily modified for the task at hand. This cabinet was an older DSL router hub for a network. http://photonlexicon.com/gallery/album50/100_1693
    Like it
    Almost the same size as my case will be when I`m finnished

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    Here's my home-made case, based on a 250x420x10 mm aluminium plate, individual 2mm aluminium sides and a transparent plexiglas top.
    absolutely stable and not so heavy (9kg total)
    It'a also easy to works on the sides (drilling, etc) with this config...






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    That case sbk, is crying out to be anodised in some cool color 8)
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    Yes of course, it will be sanded and then anodised in the next days, certainly the case in blue and the screws in another color

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