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  • panel thickness, material

    I'd like to have a panel that is about 43" long and 12" wide fabricated from .062" (about 1.5 mm)6061 T6 aluminum, powder coated with filled engraved labels. Front Panel Designer won't allow anything thinner than 2.5 mm. Is this possible? Do I need to supply the material?

    Posted By: arcture on Jan 08, 2014 03:27AM Category: Production

  • Small Engraving Fonts

    I wish to provide a bezel to surround a keypad in order to display user instructions for function keys.


    The bezel is 10.7 mm square with a cut out 8.2 mm square leaving a 1.25 mm surround to take about 3 mm square characters.


    The smallest engraving tool is around 0.22 mm and this prevents me engraving such small characters.


    Two solutions spring to mind being photo anodising or silk screen printing.


    I can get these solutions as a post Express Front Panel manufacture however if you can provide such small markings, I would prefer having the total done by yourselves.


    This is part of my Unikey product for which your panels have been very successful.


    Comment would be most helpful.




    Docwat (Edinburgh, Scotland))

    Posted By: docwat on Jan 06, 2014 05:09PM Category: Production

  • 1/4-40 UNS Threaded Hole

    I see that FPD allows for a hole with a 3/8" UNEF (3/8-32) thread to be cut into a panel. This is suitable for mounting potentiometers with no protruding threads or nut on the outside of the finished enclosure.


    I often use C&K 7000-series miniature toggle switches. One mounting option for these switches has a 1/4-40 UNS thread (1/4", 40 thread per inch). I would like to be able to have a hole with a 1/4-40 UNS thread cut into a panel to allow the switch to be fitted with no external nut.


    1/4-40 (and UNS for that matter) is not available as an option on the standard thread pull-down menus in the drill hole properties dialog box. However, I see that I can select "Manual thread parameters" and set diameter to 0.25" and the thread pitch to 0.025".


    My question: Can a thread with this size and pitch be cut successfully by the milling process?

    Posted By: desiato on Dec 18, 2013 06:45AM Category: Production

  • Epoxied studs

    What is the pull-out resistance of the epoxied studs (specifically a 6/32 machine screw stud)

    Posted By: tlj3071 on Nov 08, 2013 06:35PM Category: Production

  • !mm Etched and Anodised



    I am looking for a 1mm thick panel to cover a plastic enclosure. Front designer rejects this. Can you provide 1mm thick panels ?


    Is your natural aluminium finish the common etched and anodised finish ?


    I am unfamiliar with the laser engraved legends. They may suit my product but is anodised photo marking and option.


    Many thanks,




    Posted By: docwat on Sep 25, 2013 03:05PM Category: Production

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