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On this page you will find a short description of the most frequently used main plate materials. More detailed information can be found here. Please contact us if you would like to use other materials.

Aluminium, anodized as well as unfinished

The preferred source material for front panels is aluminium. This is due to its good machinability and the comparatively low weight of this metal.

In principle, anodizationis used as corrosion protection and can also be combined with various colours. It is also possible to choose an unfinished design (rolled or cast "raw" aluminium panels as well as "aircraft aluminium").

To improve electromagnetic compatibility, there are respectively also variants with a conductive reverse side .

Aluminium, powder coated

In order to obtain particular colours as well as a relatively shiny surface appearance, a front panel can be powder coated . For each milling and engraving object the option is available to mill prior to, or to ensure defined dimensions, after powder coating (check the box "Mill after surface finishing" in the properties dialog box).

Brushed aluminium

If you choose brushed aluminium as the front panel material, you will be able to set the brushing structure to horizontal or vertical subsequently. The brushing direction is shown in the preview. More information on our brushed material is available here.


Due to their weight, insulating properties and their favorable processing properties, a considerable number of different plastics – including both thermoplastics as well as thermosets – have proven their worth as front panel material.

Non-ferrous metals

It is in principle possible to process metals and metal alloys, which have a similar strength to aluminium. These include in particular the Non-ferrous metals, i.e. those metals or alloys whose elemental forms or ores form a specific colour (without precious metals).

Customer provided material

You can also use "Front Panel Designer" in order to have your own material, semi-finished or finished parts, such as enclosure covers, etc. processed. We have put together some information to help you with the selection and organization of material provision.