[sdiy] Aluminum front panels question

rsdio at audiobanshee.com rsdio at audiobanshee.com
Wed May 30 03:07:58 CEST 2018

Front Panel Express have recently added several options for anodized and brushed aluminum, with variations for horizontal and vertical brushing. Rather than pay for paint in-fill, I start with brushed black and cut the letters to reveal the aluminum underneath. Of course, I’m trying to save money because these are just panels for one-off circuit designs that have no inklings of being a product.

You said you’re more interested in top quality, even at a higher cost, so you might talk to Front Panel Express. Their lobby has a display case with many panels done for clients like Space X. They definitely have silkscreening capabilities, too.

As Paula hinted, Front Panel Express started in Germany and then expanded to Seattle. So, you have your choice of “local” facilities depending upon the continent.

They’re not the only game online, but there’s nothing wrong with the quality.


On May 29, 2018, at 1:45 PM, Terry Shultz wrote:
> I forgot about these guys at Front Panel Express.
> I’ll get some quotes and see what they have to say.
> Thx.
> Terry
> On May 29, 2018, at 1:27 PM:
>> terry
>> https://www.frontpanelexpress.com/
>> :)
>> It's what I use for prototypes and low volume stuff (well, ok, I use the european version).
>> Paula
>> On 2018-05-29 21:23, 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?
>>> bet to all,
>>> Terry

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