[sdiy] Type of aluminium for front panels.

Neil Johnson neil.johnson97 at ntlworld.com
Wed Feb 13 14:26:45 CET 2013


> Am looking to build 6U high front panels for a large modular. Panels will be
> mounted on eurorack rails, thickness will be between 2.5 mm and 3 mm, and
> minimum panel width will be 60 mm. 3 mm is a max, due to the pots used
> (alpha-type).
> Googling suggests 5052 and 6061 as being the strongest alloys. Due to the
> relatively large size of the panels, I'm looking for good resistance to
> flexing, as the banana jacks that will be used have a relatively large
> cut-out of 9.2mm,  weakening the panel somewhat. Ease of drilling is the
> next most important consideration.

Why not use alu angle behind the panel fixed to the banana jacks?
That would give you strength where you need it, and you can use
whatever alloy is cheaper.

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