Originally Posted by Dozer
I would like to share about my experience with ordering an aluminum panel through Xometry. They have charged me around 300$ inculding a delivery fee from Mexico.
So, I just uploaded my STEP file of the panel, clicked the button Order and in 3 weeks later I received a panel. It was very easy. I really like the quality of their laser cutting and tolerance. All the holes on the panel have been designed with the tolerance +0.2 mm to the actual diameter of the switches, LEDs (every single item was measured with a caliper during engineering process... Don't TRUST the drawings provided by manufactures!!! ) And the actual diameters on the panel I received are exactly +0.3 mm
Dozer. Since you are using a laser cutting service you have the option of having them leave a tooth inside the switch and breaker holes for indexing and keeping them from moving. I even do it when there is a keyed magneto switch. So no extra switch locking holes or indexing washers are needed for the components. Attached is an example of the hole configuration I am talking about. I have these laser cut and it works out really well. I do have to do a little bit of slag clean up with a small file but it only takes a few seconds. Both methods (holes or indexing teeth) yield very professional results.