Panel (outsourcing)

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Outsourcing panels produces professional quality, especially for small scale analog-synth manufacture. Some of the firms listed here have been successfully used by well know synth brands.

Sheet metal

Cutting, drilling and inscribing





Painting and printing

Metalprint is a commonplace process that prints color ink on aluminum, which is then anodized into place. The result is a very high-resolution artwork, better than screenprinting, and tougher than other methods because the anodized oxide coating is very tough and protects the artwork.[1] Many companies offer this service. They typically do not perform drilling, punching, or other sheet-metal fabrication; such operations would have to be performed by a sheet-metal specialist or by the manufacturer. Most Dotcom and all Doepfer module panels are made with the metalprint process.[2]

Method for anodising front panel

Anodising alu panel By Markus Fuller





Far cheaper than aluminium, use a PCB fab house to produce 3 mm FR4 panels. Also fiberglass is lighter and stiffer than aluminium. BugBrand synths panels were manufactured using this method, the copper layer and soldermask to the front, with silk-screened labeling.[3][4] PCB front panels need to be designed for normal PCB fabrication.

PCB fab houses known to have been used for PCB front panels





See also


This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Mod Wiggler Wiki:Manufacturing (View authors).

  1. ^ Who does silkscreened panels in the US?, Mod Wiggler forum, Aug 2011, reply by ersatzplanet
  2. ^ Manufacturing by Eric Barbour, Mod Wiggler wiki, Jan 2012
  3. ^ Grant Richter on Cutting Down Modular Costs, Matrixsynth, March 2007
  4. ^ OldBlue Overview (archive)
  5. ^ PCB front panels, Mod Wiggler forum, Oct 2015

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