Panels (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.

Aluminium

Cutting, drilling and inscribing

Europe

UK

USA

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]

Europe

UK

USA

PCB

Main article: PCB front panels

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

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See also

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

References

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

External links

FR4