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Old 08-06-2011, 01:06 PM   #11
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We need a 1/6 DIN panel punch ($500) to pass around or someone take up renting one...


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Old 08-07-2011, 04:39 AM   #12
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:36 PM   #13
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Cover your panel in masking tape and measure out and draw all of your components (think about what goes on the back side too), then use a unibit, and a dremel. Or spring for the water jet, awesome idea.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:30 AM   #14
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I brought my control box to a waterjet cutter to cut the holes for me.

Unfortunately, he couldn't do the bottom of the box for the power receptacle holes, because the height from the cutting head to the support deck was shorter than the 16" height of the box, but he was able to cut the front panel and the top removeable panel for mounting the heat sink.

I think I saved myself a lot of aggravation getting everything straight and perfect on the front. There were so many holes that any mistake could have really pissed me off.

This waterjet cutter has a super-precise tolerance. Nice smooth cuts and sharp corners...

Best part was the price... $50!

Here are some pics...





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Old 09-08-2011, 11:41 AM   #15
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I used a GreenLee punch for the first time the other day. I know they are expensive, but I have never seen a cleaner hole! (OK...jokes start now)

I'm really glad I ponied up and bought one...especially for the hole in my kettle for the element.

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Old 09-08-2011, 03:28 PM   #16
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Looks great Kellzey and that's a great deal to get a perfect looking panel.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:39 PM   #17
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Beautiful. Let me know if you need some plotter-cut vinyl decals to label the whole thing.
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Awesome! Now I need to find someone in my area who can cut my panel like that. Was not looking forward to manually cutting everything and my tolerances are pretty tight.
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Wow the cut outs on your panel are dead on! Very professional job and excellent price.

I am going to use a 1/2 inch greenlee conduit punch for my lights and switches. I have both a jig saw and a dremel with cut off wheels, and I was wondering which is better to use for the square pid controller cuts. Any advice from those with experience using these tools?

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Old 09-13-2011, 03:00 PM   #20
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For $50-75 I would jump all over the water jet. It took several days to get everything lined up, drill all of the pilot holes for the greenlee and jig saw out the PID, Amp and Volt boxes. And still (I know) the holes are not perfect.

Add the cost of the greenlee punch, bits and saw blades and I spent more than $50.


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