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    Default Have you seen this Aerogel?

    I would love to get hold of some to make into a super-duper light weight case!

    http://www.aerogel.org/

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    Default Re: Have you seen this Aerogel?

    There are a couple companies that make an aerogel insulation for homes, etc. in the form of a roll out blanket. I got quite a bit of it in sample sizes two years ago for a school project.

    Getting it in the form you have pictured is extremely expensive. It would be over $10,000 to get something big enough to be a case. You might be able to talk to some guy at a place that makes it or find some distributors and get it for less, but I'm sure it will be at least $2500 for a piece large enough to maybe carve out for a mini-itx case.

    Still, awesome stuff.

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    Default Re: Have you seen this Aerogel?

    Yep, it's pricey

    http://www.buyaerogel.com/
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    Default Re: Have you seen this Aerogel?

    Might be able to get away with a RPi/pITX case...
    Two years. They were great. Let's make the next ones even better!

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    Default Re: Have you seen this Aerogel?

    Come on TGS, they have recipes, make your own case components...

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    Default Re: Have you seen this Aerogel?

    I don't think you'd want to use it as a case.... from what I've seen, you'd have to have an external structure to be the case, then you could use some Aerogel as the panels, but you'd have to make sure you'd have enough airflow in the case. It's a very good insulator but that's about it.

    You seen the video of a sheet of aerogel over a bunsen burner and putting their hand on the opposite side?
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    Default Re: Have you seen this Aerogel?

    ...I am going the opposite direction. We are finally getting our counter tops installed and I am trying to find a way to turn the scrap granite into a computer case. It will require some solid wheels if you want to move it.
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    Default Re: Have you seen this Aerogel?

    ^HEH. That reminded me of the concrete computer.


    Speaking of which, did it ever get finished?
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    Default Re: Have you seen this Aerogel?

    I don't think I saw the concrete computer finished, but I've seen a prototype formwork for casting parts of a CNC machine from concrete and it looks like they've got it well sorted out. I'm considering it for a build sometime in the future.
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    Default Re: Have you seen this Aerogel?

    I had my neighbor make some panels out of clay to use as case parts, but we could not control the shrinkage very well and nothing ever fit right. I gave up after several tries. Concrete may be better because it doesn't shrink as much.
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