[sdiy] Type of aluminium for front panels.

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Fri Feb 15 00:35:45 CET 2013

I use 0.1" 5052 aluminum for my 5U panels, and it's stiff as hell.

> > I think the problem is that with a rack width of unbraced 
> aluminium, 
> > when you use any normal force against it, even if it only 
> flexes by a 
> > millimeter or two, it 'feels'
> > disconcertingly flimsy. It isn't going to break or deform 
> permanently, 
> > but it feels shoddy.
> Also, if there are panel mounted controls that are also fixed 
> to a PCB, the PCB is going to take that strain.
> With an L- or U-shaped panel, there's less stress on the board.

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