Blind holes in the end face of a front panel

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Here, we describe the standard procedure for introducing drilled holes and blind holes to the end face of a front panel. Threads, countersinks or edge machinings are also possible in this case.

Additional front panel files

In order to obtain blind holes (including a thread or a countersink or edge machining) on the end face of a rectangular front panel, an additional file needs to be created in principle for each end face to be processed.

Depending on which face the blind holes are to be placed, either the height or the width of the front panel for processing must be fixed as the front panel width in the additional file, where its thickness is always entered as front panel height in the additional file.

The desired blind holes can now be placed on the main plate for end face processing. Select ‘Use customer provided material’ in its properties dialogue box and add an appropriate comment in the remarks input field, in order also to ensure a clear assignment to one of the four edges of the front panel to be processed.

Geometric constraints

At least 1 mm of material should remain around the blind hole. For blind holes with an M2 thread for example, the main plate should therefore be at least 4 mm thick.

Please note that holes cannot be located in the area of the corner radii.


The price calculation for such an "end face main plate" is not complete, as the clamping of the front panel for end face processing has to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and must be calculated individually. We would be happy to provide you with a quotation based on your technical drawings.