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Posted: 2/15/2013 10:53:47 AM EDT
Trying to design my enclosure for my CNC. Really want to go with a 19" rack mount - probably going to be between 8 and 12U rack.

Any ideas on where to get a rack or the rack rails for cheap?
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 10:58:22 AM EDT
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U14MO8/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is the desktop unit I went with on my Cisco gear at home.
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Link Posted: 2/15/2013 11:06:37 AM EDT
http://www.parts-express.com/term/rack-rais?srch=rack+rais
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 11:08:17 AM EDT


2 of those plus This is probably the cheapest 4 post rack you will get
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 2:35:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jhereg:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U14MO8/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is the desktop unit I went with on my Cisco gear at home.

I really like that. Low profile. A full rack is probably overkill.


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Link Posted: 2/15/2013 9:56:19 PM EDT
Any good place to get used racks?
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 10:02:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JSteensen:
Any good place to get used racks?


Local ham radio shows (hamfests) - you'll usually find plenty of used gear in 19" racks.

Good luck!
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 10:04:09 PM EDT
Don't forget Guitar Center and DJing places. The DJ and mixer equipment makes use of 19in racks and they are frequently significantly cheaper than data racks.
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 10:20:20 PM EDT
Starcase.com
Link Posted: 2/15/2013 10:54:52 PM EDT
If you want something low profile, try using 8020 rails. We use it to hold our rack mounted lasers and measurement equipment in the lab. We don't need it in the microscope room, but it would probably be easy to add panels on the side to keep chips and dirt out.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 5:50:04 AM EDT
I really was thinking about going with some 8020 or 4040 rails and bolting a couple rack rails inside them and building a nice enclosure. I have basically three parts to the electronics - line AC in and out items, 24VDC and 5VDC, CNC control interface, and the control panel, plus I was going to reconfigure the desktop computer into a rackmount enclosure. Also hoping to add a drawer or two for tooling for it. (Tooling is pretty light - its a 3 axis CNC router that takes up to a quarter inch shank tool in the spindle. (Using a DeWalt 660 trim router for spindle)

I did find the "Lack" rack - apparent an IKEA Lack end table is a perfect 4U between the legs, and 20 bucks, but thats probably a little flimsy for my application.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 5:53:57 AM EDT
I really was thinking about going with some 8020 or 4040 rails and bolting a couple rack rails inside them and building a nice enclosure. I have basically three parts to the electronics - line AC in and out items, 24VDC and 5VDC, CNC control interface, and the control panel, plus I was going to reconfigure the desktop computer into a rackmount enclosure. Also hoping to add a drawer or two for tooling for it. (Tooling is pretty light - its a 3 axis CNC router that takes up to a quarter inch shank tool in the spindle. (Using a DeWalt 660 trim router for spindle)

I did find the "Lack" rack - apparent an IKEA Lack end table is a perfect 4U between the legs, and 20 bucks, but thats probably a little flimsy for my application.
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 5:24:24 AM EDT
Any suggestions on a 4U PC chassis? I'd like to take the existing midtower and convert it to rackmount, just to get everything in the same place.

I'm liking the RSV-L4000 from Newegg as a budget chassis.
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 5:25:34 AM EDT
Originally Posted By JSteensen:
Trying to design my enclosure for my CNC. Really want to go with a 19" rack mount - probably going to be between 8 and 12U rack.

Any ideas on where to get a rack or the rack rails for cheap?


Ebay
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 7:52:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By JSteensen:
Any suggestions on a 4U PC chassis? I'd like to take the existing midtower and convert it to rackmount, just to get everything in the same place.

I'm liking the RSV-L4000 from Newegg as a budget chassis.


From experience any rack mount computer case is either going to have externally accessible drive bays or I will add them. Too many of them bury the drive. Gets hot and takes forever to replace.
Link Posted: 2/17/2013 8:09:42 AM EDT
Too bad you're not near my AO. I have racks to give away.
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Link Posted: 2/17/2013 8:18:18 AM EDT
Damn, I wish I was! How much you want for shipping? This might be the start of something bad for me...now I'm thinking about a couple dev servers for my web work.

I'm not concerned with externally mounted HDs. Its not a server, just a convenient way to keep it interfaced with its equipment in this application. Im probably going to make this much bigger than I need to, to maximize airflow - the CNC controller, power supplies and PID for the spindle are not exactly cool components.
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