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Custom Computer Hardware Test Bench : by AmericanFreak

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The test bench will have two shelf and I went with some store bought 90 degree angle brackets. 

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This part of the build was changed later on… 

So my idea is to have the testing part the bench simulate a PCcase. This meant that it needs to be enclosed and I went with 1/4 Lexan to do this. The top would have to be able to move out of the way so that I could check the hardware and switch things around. Making it clear means that I could watch how the hardware would look and work in a case. 

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I took a large sheet and cut it to the size of the frame. I clamped it so that I could heat it up and bench it to the shape of the test bench.

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I started using a heat gun but quickly found that I could not get enough heat over the Lexan all at the same time. I could heat up one area but the other area would start to cool down. This meant more heat! I grabbed my portable torch and began to really apply some heat to it. This took a while but I was able to get the Lexan to soften up and I was able to get my bend.

Once I did that I place it on the bench and maked where the MB would sit and cut out the place for all the expansion cards and ports could be located on a mother board.

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Not to bad…but not good….if you look at the top right in the above pic you can see that the edge got to hot and bubbled. This has OK as I could do something to hide that, but what I found out later was that having to lift the top on and off like a lid was a real pain the butt! This would later be changed to a much better idea as you will see.

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