Mac Pro case mod: transparent side panel

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  1. i0sen, Jul 17, 2016
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    i0sen macrumors newbie

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    Welcome to this little guide showing you how to modify your Mac Pro to feature a transparent side panel. The inner layout of the Mac Pro is beautiful and well thought trough, why hide it behind a aluminium plate ? I wanted to change that so i decided to replace the aluminium side door with a transparent one made out of acrylglas.
    If you want to buy this pleas let me know I'm working on it ;) http://www.i0sen.ch/shop
    I have made a video guide if you want to check it out:

    Pleas let me know what you think !
    The end product:
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  2. joot macrumors member

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  3. i0sen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank's for your feedback ! I had a blast :)
     
  4. Idolum macrumors member

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    The unused side panel makes a great side table:

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  5. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Wow, how did someone manage to find a table that fit it so perfectly.
     
  6. Idolum macrumors member

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    It was a pure coincidence. I had a retired Mac Pro in the closet and a filing cabinet which I bought years earlier at Crate & Barrel. The Mac Pro side panel is where the glass used to be. I needed the filing cabinet to be on the same level as the main table to support the monitors: IMG_4225.JPG
     
  7. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    That's a gorgeous setup. What do you use it for?

    Based on where the keyboard is, aren't you SUPER close to the monitors?
     
  8. Idolum macrumors member

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    It's perfect for playing Pokemon NO Go all day ;-)
     
  9. vadrum macrumors newbie

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    Good job!
    Totally mac: cool aesthetic operation...but then you're using Windows 10 with it eheheh
     
  10. i0sen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Fancy :D I made a desk out of 4 old Powermac G5's wanna see it ?
     
  11. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Well I sure do.
     
  12. AkuskaUK macrumors 6502

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    Would you be interested in doing this as a service? Ive been looking at buying the same thing for quite a while!
     
  13. i0sen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was thinking about exactly that but I think there is to little interest in this to open a "web store". And it's not that hard to do. I could do all the plexiglas/acrylglass drilling and ordering and ship it. But i don't have spare Mac Pro side Panels. I looked for them bur i couldn't find them for a reasonable price.
     
  14. blut haus macrumors regular

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    I'd buy one if you ever decided to do that :)
     
  15. AkuskaUK macrumors 6502

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    If you provided everything ready for us to bolt the chassis on at home, I would buy one! I have a spare door sat here waiting! It's been something I've wanted for a while.
     
  16. i0sen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I would do it for sure but I'm a little worried about shipping warranties and stuff like this. I don't have experience in this stuff. If buyers would not want warranties that would be easier. I don't really see a point in giving warranty on a peace of plexiglass :p But the Problem with the "World Wide shipping" stays... (except you live in Switzerland :D) has anyone an idea ? (I order lots of stuff from aliexpress which ships form china for under 10 $ thats insane but I don't know how I could do that :p)
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    Here you go ! I don't use it as my working desk since it si a bit to heigh but with a bar chair it is perfect or as a standing desk. In the beginning i wanted to go with a thin carbon desk plate but I found out it was to expensive so I got along with wood.
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    I hope you like it ;)
     
  17. AkuskaUK macrumors 6502

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    If you do decide to do it, a warranty for me won't be necessary (price pending), I live in the United Kingdom and would really love to have this done. I can easily get hold of a spare service door ready for it if everything was ready for just the chassis transplant! Would it have the lip too?
     
  18. i0sen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yep with the lip if you wish ;)
     
  19. AkuskaUK macrumors 6502

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    Sounds fantastic, fancy sending me a message with prices when you are thinking of selling them?
     
  20. blut haus macrumors regular

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    Same here :)
     

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