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  • hole size tolerances



    I'm wondering what the general tolerance is for hole sizes.

    I received an order today in which a few 0.125 inch were used, intended for press-fit dowel pins. The dowel pins are loose instead and I found that a #30 drill (nominally 0.128") passes easily through those holes.


    It would help me to know what precision to expect.


    I can just use slip-fit loctite for now, but in the future should I specify any special tolerance in the order notes (or elsewhere?), or have them drilled smaller and ream precision-diameter holes myself? I have low volumes so that wouldn't really be a problem for me either.



    Ed Heitzman


    Posted By: Ed Heitzman on Jul 26, 2010 08:47PM Category: Production

  • annoyance: edit box sizes

    I guess this isn't a bug, but an annoyance. The edit boxes in some dialogs aren't wide enough.

    I assume this would be in several places, but the one that "bugs" me most is in the "Move Selected Objects" dialog.


    e.g. If I change the absolute X position to say 11.9500 inches, it's not too bad while still in the dialog (left-justified with the 4th decimal point half cut off); but if I reenter the dialog the X value appears as "1.9600" with the most significant digit completely cut off. You need to enter the edit box and scroll it over to see the most significant digit.


    The edit boxes simply need to be a bit wider.




    Posted By: Ed Heitzman on Jul 26, 2010 08:25PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Stock Rackmount panels

    I really like the idea of your side panel extrusions. They seem affordable, and I'm sure they are very solid. For the purposes of making rack cases however, the costs of top/bottom panels adds up very quickly.


    For my purposes, I don't have any special requirements for top/bottom panels. Perhaps a few air vent holes, but I don't really even care where they are located. For an 11" deep 19" wide rack case, the cost of the top and bottom panels comes to around $60 a piece, which is about the same as front/rear panels. That makes a 1U enclosure somewhere around $260.


    I like the flexibility of front and back panel design, but I wonder if one of the following could be a solution to reduce cost and increase sales:


    1. Manufacture standard rack width top/bottom panels similar to your extrusions: in one big long sheet, and then cut to the customer's length requirements.


    2. Keep several standard length top/bottom rack panels (like 6", 10", 13", 16", 20"), and manufacture them in bulk so that you can make them more cheaply and offer them more cheaply.


    3. Source some standard length top/bottom rack panels (like 6", 10", 13", 16", 20") in steel from another supplier in bulk and just resell them. This way they could be thinner (0.06") and cheaper.



    As is, I'm probably going to end up purchasing a stock rack chassis from somewhere else and then either send a front and rear panel to you to customize or just drill it myself. If you offered simple stock top/bottom panels at $10 a piece, an enclosure would be around $160, which would be affordable enough where I would be much more likely to get a custom chassis from you.



    I have no idea how many rack cases you sell, but it seems that if you sell enough to warrant having some top/bottom panels in bulk then you could sell more.

    Posted By: Eric Pruett on Jul 24, 2010 07:46PM Category: Whishes

  • What is the smallest this laser can go?

    Curious to know what the tolerances are on this service. Thanks.

    Posted By: chris dilkie on Jul 17, 2010 07:09AM Category: Production

  • Laser engraving

    Any chance you will be adding the ability to Laser Image/Engrave an anodized panel vs using an engraving tool and infill? This should be more economical and a lower cost for the customer while stillreatining the excellant machining you provide.

    Posted By: Jeff Wilson on Jul 10, 2010 06:01PM Category: Production

  • color printing panel

    Any chance you will be adding the ability for Color Printing (natural aluminum) the Front Panel similar to your competitors?

    Posted By: Jeff Wilson on Jul 10, 2010 05:58PM Category: Production

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