[sdiy] Metal enclosures - DIY'ing ?
sleepy_dog at gmx.de
sleepy_dog at gmx.de
Sat Jun 9 12:25:58 CEST 2018
I just looked at some pictures of Moog synths like Model D, and even
more so, Voyager, again, and I must say I'm quite a fan of that kind of
case design and the fact you can tilt the upper part up to your liking,
and back in for less cumbersome transportation.
Ok, apart from that, more generally: The upper part - metal case for
audio electronics, with front panel.
Is that steel, or aluminum, or more importantly, whatever it is -
*could* you make that out of aluminum and it's be stable enough?
Probably only depends on the thickness. But I have no experience with
So, is 1.5mm, or even 1.2mm, thickness of aluminum something that could
work decently for a case roughly Moog Voyager case sized? (I would be
willing "cheat" with some reinforcement bars here and there if that's
what it takes ;))
Why 1.5mm (1.2) alu? Because that's the max thickness (for alu) handled
by the strongest of those manually operated sheet metal bending machines
that are fixed with a sturdy vice or such, for longer lengths it's only
1,2mm. You turn a lever, presumably while making bear-like noises...
Well, those are floatnig around on ebay (here anyway) for 100...200 EUR,
depending on the max material length and thickness.
There you read my assumption - that one could bend parts of such a case
yourself. Perhaps not exactly like the Voyager - it looks like the upper
"5/6th of a box" are one part, or at least bent around two axes - they
would be in each others way if I tried that with such a contraption I
guess. And then just a plate at the bottom.
But maybe one could bend two halves, one "grabs around" in vertical, the
other in horizontal direction? Not only bending sides/front/back, but
another slimmer rim, another 90 degrees, to drill holes into and fix the
other part onto.
(if it's not displayed with monospace font at your end, too bad ;))
Anyway, if it turns out that 1.5mm aluminum* is far too thin for this,
at least for that size, I may forget about DIYing here (for things of
that size anyway), as I don't think I'd buy something much more
expensive than said contraptions for this purpose.
* no harder than, I think it was called "6061". Because that's something
I can actually route openings out of, with my weak China CNC router.
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