[sdiy] Metal enclosures - DIY'ing ?

cheater00 cheater00 cheater00 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 12 23:49:04 CEST 2018

that's a long email with a lot of questions. you'll have more luck getting
answers to one concise question at a time.

On Sat, 9 Jun 2018, 12:28 , <sleepy_dog at gmx.de> wrote:

> Hey list.
> 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
> such things.
> 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.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku0BdjNasko&t=2m32s
> 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 ;))
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> 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.
> - Steve
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