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Re: Front panels for stuff
Original poster: "by way of Terry Fritz <teslalist-at-qwest-dot-net>" <dhmccauley-at-spacecatlighting-dot-com>
Excellent Link. I've been looking for something like this for a long time.
I just roughly priced my 120VAC controller panel with some painted text
engraving and the price was about $150.00 for one piece.
Not too bad.
> I recently ran across a supplier that may be of interest to those of you
> building fancy (or not so fancy) control panels, etc. I haven't used
> but it looks real slick.
> http://www.frontpanelexpress-dot-com/ is a company that you download a little
> design program which lets you specify the height and width and thickness
> an aluminum panel, and draw holes, machined outlines, engraved text,
> outlines (Like XLR or D-sub connectors), etc. You then send the file to
> them, they machine the panel and send it back to you.
> I played around with the software and laid out a 7 inch (4 U) high 19"
> panel, 4mm thick, with a dozen DB-25 holes, some XLRs and BNCs, with a few
> legends, estimates out at about $50 (+tax and shipping). (Each D-sub was
> $0.83.. try that with a chassis punch or a drill, file, and dremel tool)
> They can make almost every size imaginable.
> Very slick.
> I grant it's not going to be perfect for everyone, but it sure is a nice