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General Discussions => Machine Shop => Topic started by: Ricardus on October 24, 2019, 11:48:46 AM

Title: Laser Cut 500 Series Blanks
Post by: Ricardus on October 24, 2019, 11:48:46 AM
 I've been wanting to try this since I got my 500 series rack, so for about 6 weeks.

I have a good friend with a laser cutter, so I cut some blanks from 1/8th inch acrylic stock, and put 4 layers of aluminum tape on the rear side. Countersunk the screw holes slowly. We'll see how they work.
Title: Re: Laser Cut 500 Series Blanks
Post by: boji on November 03, 2019, 01:57:31 AM
Nice job, they look clean.  Best deal I've found on metal is from diy.re:
https://www.diyrecordingequipment.com/collections/parts/products/500-51x-panel (https://www.diyrecordingequipment.com/collections/parts/products/500-51x-panel)

 I did have a ductwork hvac warehouse stamp me out some from a sheet and it dropped the price to $0.50, but the lines weren't clean and they lacked consistency. In retrospect I should have had them cut oversized and sanded them to spec.
Title: Re: Laser Cut 500 Series Blanks
Post by: shabtek on November 03, 2019, 07:31:05 AM
flat bar stock aluminum can get you close, lasercut labels can look slick
Title: Re: Laser Cut 500 Series Blanks
Post by: Ricardus on November 03, 2019, 09:38:12 AM
Nice job, they look clean.  Best deal I've found on metal is from diy.re:
https://www.diyrecordingequipment.com/collections/parts/products/500-51x-panel (https://www.diyrecordingequipment.com/collections/parts/products/500-51x-panel)

 I did have a ductwork hvac warehouse stamp me out some from a sheet and it dropped the price to $0.50, but the lines weren't clean and they lacked consistency. In retrospect I should have had them cut oversized and sanded them to spec.

 Yep, the price range is from about $5 (DIYRE) to $9 (small quantities from CAPI) but I thought it would be fun to try this out.

I have some DIYRE CP5 preamps and really like them, BTW, for those who might not be familiar.

(and once again I tried to upload a very simple photo taken with my cell phone, and it failed security checks, WTF IS UP WITH THAT??!!)
Title: Re: Laser Cut 500 Series Blanks
Post by: boji on November 09, 2019, 02:46:31 AM
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I have some DIYRE CP5 preamps
+1
Desperate to fill slots on a budget, grabbed a pair recently too.  No complaints!
Title: Re: Laser Cut 500 Series Blanks
Post by: Ricardus on November 09, 2019, 04:18:53 PM
+1
Desperate to fill slots on a budget, grabbed a pair recently too.  No complaints!

I think they sound fantastic, and the least expensive colour module, 15IPS, sounds the best!