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  • .033" hole possible?

    I have some light pipes with diameter .033" (.84mm), and a .064" (1.63mm) counterbore. The minimum hole diameter in FPD seems to be .040". Is it possible to do smaller holes? Center tolerance is nearly irrelevant, but diameter should be +/- .003" if possible.


    Also, what is the practical limit to the density of holes that can be drilled in the 4mm aluminum material? Is there any problem having holes on a .1" grid? I know I can easily get 100 holes per square inch on a printed circuit board, but I've never had to deal with metalworking before.




    Posted By: Jeff Baker on Jun 20, 2009 01:48AM Category: Production

  • Perspex Application

    I have an application where the perspex material might make sense.


    It is a build-to-print job that has a 17"x10" panel with test points, switches, etc and significant labeling.


    It is a rush job.


    I am thinking of using FrontPanelExpress to make a clear perspex overlay.


    That way I can cut the holes, make the labels and then mirror image the whole thing to put the engraving on the reverse side.


    Then use Spray Adhesive to adhere the label sheet to the panel.


    I suspect this is a typical application for FrontPanelExpress. However, I would like confirmation in case I am missing something.


    I also have some questions...


    1. Do you have a recommended adhesive?


    2. Is there a reason that a 16.5"x9.5" can't be 2mm thin?

    (Front Panel Designer would let me do it)


    Thank you in advance.



    Posted By: David Petticord on Jun 10, 2009 03:26AM Category: Production

  • Blind Hole limit

    I need to attach a hinge to our front panel.


    I would prefer to attach the hinge to the back side of the panel using ten #6 tapped holes.


    While it would probably be ok to use through holes, I would like to use blind holes to hide the end of the #6 screws.


    I am using 4mm black anodized material.


    How deep can I make the blind hole without breaking through?


    3.9mm ?



    David Petticord

    Complete Networks, Inc.


    Posted By: David Petticord on Jun 05, 2009 04:09PM Category: Production

  • Recommendation for off-the-shelf 2U and 3U enclosures?

    I would love to use FPD to make custom front and rear panels for otherwise-off-the-shelf rackmount boxes. We currently use the ET series from ConnectTech, but I don't think that will work as-is, because their front sub-panels and their rear panels have bent flanges for attaching to the rest of the box.


    I can't send the included panels to FPE because they're steel.


    I can't use a FPE-fabricated panel as-is because I don't have the ability to bend the metal afterward.


    Does anyone have a recommendation for a 2U and 3U box (19" rackmount) with front and rear panels that can be machined by FPE and used without further processing?



    Posted By: Steven Kan on Mar 26, 2009 09:20PM Category: Production

  • Painted panels

    Are there any issues related to machining painted panels? I'd like to have panels made from painted (brown, textured) 19"-rack mount panels, which naturally I would provide.

    Posted By: Mike Meier on Jan 27, 2009 05:26AM Category: Production

  • Acrylic display windows

    In the FAQ section of this website it says that I can add a display window to my panel by using a rectangle-in-rectangle shape. I have a 16" x 5" x 0.125" black anodized aluminum panel to which I'd like to add a tinted display window. Can you help me with the following questions please:


    1. What thicknesses of acrylic do you offer?

    2. What tints of acrylic are available?

    3. How do I specify my choice in the Front Panel software?


    Many thanks,


    Posted By: Carl Livitt on Jan 13, 2009 08:48PM Category: Production

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