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Installing case fan in plexiglass?


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#1 cctaylor88

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:46 PM

This may seem like a super noob question, but I am just that when it comes to case modding. I have never before done any serious case mods to my pc and would really like to start doing it purely for better visuals, as most case mods are just that.

I have an Antec 300 Illusion case...and the side panel is completely steel...my ultimate goal is to cut out a window of sorts and place some plexiglass in its place. Now, what I can't wrap my head around is how do I install a fan in the plexiglass itself?

I want to buy two 80mm case fans (clear LED) and install them right into the plexiglass itself...so when you look at the side of my case there will be a window with the two clear case fans installed but I don't really understand how to accomplish this. I have searched all over youtube and google trying to find installation of case fans in plexiglass and can find nothing, so I am here looking for help! I mean the only thing on the outside of the plexiglass will be 4 mounting screws correct? So should I just cut 4 holes for the screws and then a much larger hold in the plexglass in order for the fans to intake air?

Thanks guys, as someone who has never personally modded and can't find videos on plexiglass fan installation this is difficult for me to visualize and I would like as much information as possible before cutting holes everywhere. Thanks in advance!!

For reference I guess I would like something similar to this


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

Well, if all your wanting to do is mount them on the plexiglass, just put the fan where you want, mark where the screw holes are on the fan on the plexiglass, and use a drill to cut the holes. However, if thats all your going to do, Im not sure I would even bother-the fans need to be able to move air, having one side of the fan completly blocked will limit its effectiveness. What I would do, is put the fan up, trace the inner hole where the fan sits-then use a dremel to cut out vents (either circular, with notches between to hold up the individual pieces) or even rectangular, or whatever design you want. I would actually practice the design you want on paper first, because once you cut that plexiglass, its a done deal-you only have one shot without buying new plexiglass.


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