Picture of Computer Case Engraving
An old-School approach to customizing a computer paintjob. I originally posted this on PCAPEX but I decided to post it here cuz it was my first mod.

First of all, my first mod I plan on using my old alienware and beefing up its appearance alittle by etching an alien in the side of it..

Things you will need:

1) Paint(if you want your engraving surace to be a different color)
I chose Mirage paint from Duplicolor (chameleon)
2) An engraver, I chose a dremel cuz there is no substitute.
3) Masking tape
4) Chalk (I used a very soft art chalk)

Step 1: The Plan

Picture of The Plan
I decided to draw my plan on a piece of paper pror to actually drawing it on the surface..
--scare--5 years ago
i have a problem with my dremel... :( 
it has an auto-speed-adjuster chip, or sensor, or both, witch makes the dremel speeds up when it senses a strain caused by friction...
witch translates to me going bonkers over the damn thing flying out of my hands!!! lol YOU my friend, did an awesome job!!! except for the dry erase part...

i think i'm gonna break open the damn thing to gut out that awefull setting...
even if it means losing the led display... i'll put a rotary pot straight on the motor power instead of going trough that chip or thigny... (have not  actually opened it yet...)

your project was nice to start with but how it came out looks REALLY nice from here... especially with the big patch, meaning the alien head... looks flawless
ionix (author)  --scare--5 years ago
Thanks! I actually went over the head part just a bit with some sandpaper to smooth it out slightly. Not too much though cuz I did still want it to have that engraved look.

I haven't been on instructables in almost a year. perhaps I will begin a new project. So thanks --scare-- for bringing me back.
ionix (author)  ionix5 years ago
And dry erase is not my friend.
N1CK4ND06 years ago
Thought I already commented this, but I geuss not. This is a GREAT project if you want to build your own case for your computer. I'm building my own case out of all plexiglass. Then I will most likely spray paint it black, then engrave it. Also I will but LED/neon lights in there so it will shine through the engraved areas. Your instructable gave me the alien idea, so I may do something like that and put green LED/neon inside.
I think the alien is meant to be the Alienware logo...
ionix (author)  N1CK4ND06 years ago
sounds cool... go for it... great idea... send me a link when done.. i am excited to see how it turns out...
Sgt.Waffles8 years ago
Great Job! And i agree, there is NO substitute for a dremel! +
Black and decker make great 3 speed ones, mine FLYS!
nguyen_a7 years ago
What kind of dremel tip did you use? P.S. your design was awesome!
Pie_eata7 years ago
pretty tight dude
thunder78 years ago
I have a massive full tower. I want to do some Modds to.

(1.) There is this big 'blue light' on the front that I would like to replace with a digital display. (The big blue light is in fact just that a light!!.)

(2.) And as you did I would love to dress it up with some graphics.

Here is a link to my PC in day and in the night Thunder7.info PC Day and Night
ionix (author)  thunder78 years ago
thats a pretty stock pc with much potential... as for the lcd you have quite a bit of options... heres my opinion...

Option 1 (fan controller)

Option 2
go to <insert local game supply store here> and buy yourself a mini lcd for the xbox/ps2/ps3/gamecube ect..that they sell for travel and usually goes right on top of the system.... and mod it into your 5 1/2 bays...

either way its gunna be some work...
dinsterzz8 years ago
what dremel bit did u used?
ionix (author)  dinsterzz8 years ago
105 and 107
Ciwan ionix8 years ago
When you say clear coat the whole thing, what do you exactley mean ? sorry I'm a newbie. do you mean you apply some sort of liquid on top ? Thanks
ionix (author)  Ciwan8 years ago
yes... you can actually buy spray on clear coat... its the same if not similar to the clearcoat on automobiles... it protects the paint you can get it at any hardware or automobile parts supply store... usually
Gnaw8 years ago
-Very cool, another great addition to the 'inspirational-laptop-collection'... I weep whenever I get a chip on mine. - Next build, I plan to use a vinyl-dye. - Let me know if you find a way to protect the finish.
BlueFusion8 years ago
dude. you have modded alienware. where do you live, 1337 boy? ;) it's not so much envy, as "ok God. I'll give you a year's supply of free crack if you let me be him.")
ionix (author)  BlueFusion8 years ago
haha... thanks man...
how did you transfer the design to the case, or did you just draw freehand with the chalk?
ionix (author)  thematthatter8 years ago
freehanded it...
japala8 years ago
ionix (author) 8 years ago
thanks everyone.. BTW the dremel bits I used were a 105 and 107... which seemed pretty easy to keep in a strait line...
phoenix1248 years ago
Hey very nice!!! i tried engraving aluminum and i couldn't get a streight line to save my life lol. great job!
u definatly belong in my group: http://www.instructables.com/group/modthis/
happy modding
tech-king8 years ago
cool!!! i'm a case modder. generally, i engrave the plexi though. the metal can send the tool spinning wildly off the lines
LasVegas8 years ago
Very nice job. Good work!
ionix (author) 8 years ago
First instructable (how many have said that before me)