[sdiy] Aluminum front panels question

Terry Shultz thx1138 at earthlink.net
Wed May 30 00:29:28 CEST 2018

Hi All,

Price is not the big concern as Looks are more important as these will be used for Photo use and Data sheets.

I just want the best look possible . It may mean I do a proto run of both approaches and decide from there.

Just figured I Would ask and get some guesses on visual appearance.

I have several boards now in Beta stage and now to get the panels onto the boards.

On another note, I have cabinets in design for top , wing and Main design.

I decided to start with Walnut veneer Marine plywood and I’ll look at Maple/ASH next as an option.

Keyboard is still in planning stage, but I could punk out and go with a MIDI unit with Gate/CV output controller.

No real thoughts here as I am basically a woodwind player first and Keyboardist 2nd.

best regards,


> On May 29, 2018, at 2:26 PM, Neil Johnson <neil.johnson71 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Terry,
> Terry Shultz wrote:
> >>> Hi all,
> >>> I now at the point of laying the metalwork for some of my modules finally.
> >>> I want to use Anodized Aluminum with the artwork, figures and borders
> >>> etched deep enough to fill with paint to give a really polished look.
> >>> i.e. Silver Anodized with colored artwork etc. Blue or black ?
> >>> Anyone got some simple ideas besides silkscreening?
> For small runs where the economics of screen printing don't work out I prefer to use a photo process like MetalPhoto. You should be able to find a number of companies able to provide a service for you - the panels I made for CESYG modules were done by a couple of firms here in the UK.
>  I recommend you work with the company you choose - they can often be very helpful when it comes to what is possible, what files to provide, what you can do to get a better price, etc.
> Cheers
> Neil

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