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Mnpctech's Guide to Tools For Case Modding.

Mnpctech

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A lot of people ask me about the Tools and methods I use for Case Modding.

Some of the Tools are unique, I've included examples of how they're used :thumb:


THINK SAFETY FIRST!
Safety Glasses
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Respirator Mask with canister filters
Use when sanding, painting or using any hazardous chemicals
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Rotary Cutting Tool
The most versatile tool for case modding. You can cut plastics, metals, grind and polish. Dremel brand is most popular. Black & Decker and Craftsman versions are also popular.
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Dremel Techniques For Case Modding, Part 1
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Dremel Techniques For Case Modding, Part 2
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I hear a lot of complaints about cutting discs breaking when cutting metal. You need to use aluminum reinforced discs like these Reinforced Dremel Cutting Discs

Reinforced 1.5" Dremel Cutting Discs. Available here

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Cordless Power drill
Minimum volts recommened 14.4V) with bit sizes 1/16 through ½ for cutting various mounting holes and
operating hole saw attachments. DeWalt brand power tools.
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Hole saw attachments for Drill
For cutting fan holes in acrylic and metal.

80mm = 3” hole saw
92mm = 3.5” hole saw
120mm = 4.5” hole saw

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Guide To Using Hole Saw Attachments For PC Modding
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Greenlee Knock out Punches
Greenlee part # 730EBB-120 Last time I inquired, they were around $450 in the states + Large 3/4" socket wrench, and 2" socket. I wouldn't use anything less than 19" long socket wrench. Estimated purchase price of $550 new.
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Threaded shaft of Knock-out punch
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Knock-out punch blade
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Ready to cut hole.
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You need leverage. Using 19" Socket wrench to draw in knock-out punch balde
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Clean Cut
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Video with Bill Owen using Greenlee Knock Out Punch

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Roper Whitney No. 5 Jr Hand Punch kit available here
Hand punch (estimate $60 new)
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(for cutting fan mounting holes or enlarging existing fan mounting holes for rubber silencing grommets)
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Hand Punch makes clean fan screw holes. No deburring.
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Jigsaw
Used for cutting panels and acrylic sheets. (minimum 18 teeth metal cutting blade) Black & Decker brand Jigsaws available here
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Hand files
Deburring jagged edges on both plastic and metal.
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Mouse Sander
Sanding body filler. Prep case panels for paint.
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12” and 24" Combination Square Rulers
Aligning windows, fan holes etc
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Scotch #4010, Super strength adhesion clear mounting tape. Used for mounting windows in computer cases.

3M Scotch 4010 Mounting Tape Case Mod Tape of the Gods

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Pop Rivet Gun
Most chassis accept 1/8” size rivets.
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Most Computer Chassis will accept 1/8” diameter Pop rivets, Gripe range .092" - .125" for Computers.

Pop Rivets For Computer Cases

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Metal Nibbler
Cutting case panels
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Metal Tin snips
Cutting Modders Mesh & Sheet metal
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Solder Gun or Pencil
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Heat Gun
Heat shrink tubing, bending acrylics/plastics
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3M Scotch 233+ Green tape

I was told about this tape at local auto parts and Automotive paint supplier, "Red Rooster" which is now AutoMate. I had to cut a window in a Lian Li full tower, and wanted a masking tape with really strong adhesion, but didn't leave glue-like residue. It's been used in majority of my own projects and modding guides since*

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More Tools, but no photos yet..

Phillips Screw drivers(variety of sizes)
Wire Stripper & Cutter
Butane Torch(for use with heat shrink tubing)
Tape Measure
Bench Vise
 
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Pelt

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Stewiacke, Nova Scotia
The number of experts on this forums just amazes me. We've got, water cooling gurus, component geniuses, oc clocking speed demons and now case modding artists!
Thanks for this great list of tools really helpful should I ever consider modding my case. I also checked out you website and the links provided great stuff Mnptech keep it up.
 

ayah

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That knock out punch blade thing is really neat, never seen one before. Thanks for the guide!
 

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