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Old 03-06-2012, 03:46 AM   #21
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I'm scared to even touch it. I'll be using a cordless jigsaw with a fine tooth blade. I really want to use 1/16th DIN punches but I don't have the extra $500 to spare for 4 holes.

I'll be using a 22.5MM punch for the lights and switches
Stainless sucks to cut or drill. I wish I had my enclosure milled, and it's just mild steel. At least that way it's some else's problem if they screw it up.
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Stainless isn't too bad if you have the right tools. Its not like you are drilling a block of it.

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Old 03-06-2012, 04:10 AM   #23
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Stainless isn't too bad if you have the right tools. Its not like you are drilling a block of it.
This is certainly true. Proper tools and patience will give you results and a stainless panel looks super cool. That said, I perfer plastic or fiberglass enclosures.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:16 PM   #24
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Stainless isn't too bad if you have the right tools. Its not like you are drilling a block of it.
True not drilling a block!?!!
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:03 PM   #25
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A hint:

If you're not going to paint the stainless enclosure (why would you?), make sure to tape it up all over before cutting to avoid scratches, and go slowly. Use cutting oil.

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Got some DIN rails, some wire managers, my Estop button, and my circuit breakers. Oh and a 22.5MM punch.

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Working on a rough draft of the panel layout. Man this is cramped. I wish I would have got the larger panel.

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Working on a rough draft of the panel layout. Man this is cramped. I wish I would have got the larger panel.
You just bought a few too many components. Use the critical ones and throw the rest out

Seriously, it looks good.
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You just bought a few too many components. Use the critical ones and throw the rest out

Seriously, it looks good.
You've got a point. To be honest I already removed some stuff that I just couldn't fit. I have a backup panel I got for free. It's a lot bigger but doesn't look as nice. I think I'm satisfied with this layout, unless someone points something out that I didn't notice.

I totally forgot to mention what that big blank spot is in the upper left. It's a hb416pva power meter. It's 1/4 DIN as opposed to the standard 1/16 DIN PID size. It's the last thing that I'm waiting on for the front panel. Never guess what country it's coming from. Here's a pic:
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I totally forgot to mention what that big blank spot is in the upper left. It's a hb416pva power meter. It's 1/4 DIN as opposed to the standard 1/16 DIN PID size. It's the last thing that I'm waiting on for the front panel. Never guess what country it's coming from. Here's a pic:
See? There's the fluff! Lay it out without that useless piece of coolness and see how it looks then.
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