[sdiy] Synth Panel Window Adhesive

rburnett at richieburnett.co.uk rburnett at richieburnett.co.uk
Fri Mar 1 11:45:52 CET 2024


If the panel is being professionally cut, some places can do CD 
(capacitive discharge) weld studs or standoffs onto the back of the 
panel that are essentially invisible from the front.  For anyone not 
familiar with the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx56_NLzeak

-Richie,


On 2024-02-29 23:18, Mike Beauchamp wrote:
> 1. If you're OK with visible fasteners, the perspex can be laser cut 
> with holes to mount from behind or in front of the panel. The front can 
> then have countersunk holes for the fasteners. If the front panel is 
> black, you can do black oxide nuts and they'll be pretty hidden.
> 
> 2. Thin bond tape. Again, plexiglass is cut oversize and attached from 
> behind, with a border of thin bond tape. This stuff is pretty insanely 
> sticky, I've used it for a few things. 3M has a selector to guide you 
> to the right product to use: 
> https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/bonding-and-assembly-us/double-sided-tape/thin-bonding-tape/product-selector/
> 
> 3. Adhesive. Once again, plexiglass is cut oversize and attached from 
> behind. The challenge will be finding an adhesive that works on powder 
> coating, it can be very hard - I've struggled with it before. Your best 
> bet here is to call 3M, ask for the engineering department and tell 
> them you need assistance in selecting an adhesive and tell them what 
> your two substrates are. Companies like this that still have telephones 
> are very responsive to questions like this and can be very helpful.
> 
> 
> Hope that helps!
> 
> Mike
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On 2024-02-28 22:25, ackolonges fds via Synth-diy wrote:
>> Hi Synth-DIYers!
>> 
>> I have a question that might be a little bit OT, but I was wondering, 
>> for those of you that have built synth panels with perspex / acrylic 
>> windows, what did you use to hold the window in place, and how well 
>> did it work?
>> 
>> I've built a few things now that used 7-segment style LED displays, 
>> and I've put rectangular holes in their powder coated metal panels, 
>> laser cut some tinted perspex to size and tried things like pressure 
>> fitting (too easily dislodged, or broken while being pushed in) and 
>> glues, which are a bit messy and hard to avoid having some of the glue 
>> showing up on the front panel...
>> 
>> I'd love to hear your experience and any solutions you may have found!
>> 
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