The panel is 2mm anodized aluminum (bronze finish) with custom screw holes and cutouts to precisely fit the displays. It cost $41.98 plus $4.95 for ground shipping. It took 7 days from submission of the file to completion of the job. Here's how it went:
Rather than work from sketches or CAD files, FPE provides free software for designing panels and enclosures. The advantage of this approach becomes clear immediately: The software is designed around FPE's machining capabilities and materials inventory, and the program provides instant price quotes as you work. For example, as I laid out my panel, I found that the incremental cost of the engraving was trivial, but I could save the cost of a tool change if I were to eliminate it altogether. I split the difference, and saved a few cents by turning off "infill" (filling the letters with paint), relying instead on the contrast between the anodized surface and the raw aluminum beneath.
|Front Panel Designer Screenshot with Pricing Window.|
Although the flush mounting looks great, I might forego it in a cost-sensitive application. Machining the cavity cost almost $10. And it entails a slight complication: The outside corners of the cavity are rounded, an artifact of being cut with a router bit. The corners of the BEZ-216 faceplate are square, so an additional step was required to clip the corners.
Installation with BEZ-216 Mounting Kit
The BEZ-216 comes with flathead screws designed for use in countersunk holes. The self-adhesive faceplate that is applied over top conceals the screw heads completely.
Taking this into account, I used the designer software to specify the precise size, angle and depth of countersink. When I received the panel, I was delighted to see that the specs translated into perfect holes.
|Bolting on the GLO-216Y.|
Repeated the process with the second, top-mount display (leaving the corners intact). If it hadn't been for fussing with the camera, the process would have taken five minutes.