[sdiy] PCB / Panel Manufacture

Jean-Pierre Desrochers jpdesroc at oricom.ca
Fri Feb 7 18:28:51 CET 2020

Hi Shawn,


About Front Panel manufacturing,

So far I built around 50 modules with DOTCOM specifications.

Here is an old picture of the beginning of my modular project with the very first modules installed:



Here are some front pictures of my modules:



 <http://www.arcenson.com/projects/Modular/M103B_UltraVCO/Module_pictures/M103B_MOTM300_UltraVCO_front.jpg> http://www.arcenson.com/projects/Modular/M103B_UltraVCO/Module_pictures/M103B_MOTM300_UltraVCO_front.jpg




The first front panels were made from printed self-adhesive vinyls with clear thin mat laminate on top

to protect from any scratches..
These are glued on 1/16” thick DOTCOM specs folded aluminum panels.

Now, my newest front panels are and will be made from a 8mils thick pcb fiberglass
with black mat mask and white layout silkscreened on it.
The new fiberglass mat black mask is blacker than the first final vinyls look.
I glue them using 3M Super 77 spray glue.

This is my PCB manufacturer that do all I need now. (electronics PCB’s & front plain PCB’s).

I draw the front panel layout using a small program called FrontDesigner 3.0 <https://www.electronic-software-shop.com/lng/en/electronic-software/frontdesigner-30.html> 

This program creates HPGL vector files for the PCB manufacturer.

The electronics PCB files are GERBER files generated with OrCAD ver 10.5  

The bonus is that since the front panel files are vector files now

that manufacturer can also drill all the holes in the layout (jack, switch holes, etc..)

Good luck !




De : Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] De la part de Shawn Rakestraw
Envoyé : 6 février 2020 22:32
À : synth-diy at synth-diy.org
Objet : [sdiy] PCB / Panel Manufacture


Hey All! I'm new to the list and this is my first question.


I want to dip into making some PCBs and possibly front panels. I am into eurorack, so that is what I will be aiming toward. I have been learning how to use Eagle to make my schematic into a board.


Currently, I have been working on a power supply PCB that would mount inside of a case, so I don't have any major size constraints or precision. I will probably make a simple bus board next to distribute the power. Then I want to move on to an actual module. Something simple at first.


I should also mention that I am in USA, although that probably doesn't matter that much anymore. I do prefer to order things in the US when I can though.


I am asking for any advice at all really. My question begins with who / where to order from, but after that I am a bit in the dark about what to even ask. I don't know if copper trace thickness should be a concern. Obviously with power PCBs and distribution boards you want wide traces and I have done some research to try to learn how wide for certain amp loads. Really, any advice will be good for me - anything that you wish you had known before your first order could be helpful.


Has anyone made panels and if so, what is the beginning process for that? Can you design them in Eagle using Nets or something? I don't know how people even design them.


Thanks in advance, I look forward to your replies!


- Shawn

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