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DataPro produces CNC milled custom control panels, interface panels, front panels and more on short notice and with no minimum quantity. We work with aluminum, steel, brass, acrylic, with other materials available. Lead time for panels is typically 3-5 days, with additional time required for especially large batches and some finishing options. Final quoted prices will include programming, setup, materials, and milling time.

  • Professional engineering support available
  • Fast quote turnaround
  • No minimum quantities
  • Rush production available
  • Laser marking & engraving
  • Custom Lamacoid tag engraving
Please contact our Sales department with any questions!




Related Services:


Online Plate Creator
Custom Case Panels
Custom Enclosures
Custom Rack Mount Solutions
Gang Plates, Rack Panels, Pelican Case Panels and more can be created online using our Custom Plate Creator!
We make panels for rugged cases including Pelican, Storm, Nanuk, and Seahorse.
Custom Enclosures can be fabricated to spec. Click for more info!
Rack Panels and Rackmount Enclosures can be customized or fabricated to spec.




Gallery


Check out some of the finished products we've made for our customers!

Custom Panel Gallery






Quoting


To request a quote, just email us your requirements. For the quickest and most accurate quoting, we'll need the following vital pieces of information about your project:

Download our RFQ Form Download our quote request form in .PDF or .DOCX.
  1. Quantity
    We have no minimum order quantity, but larger batches typically result in a lower per-unit price. Why not get some spares?
  2. Material
    We stock a variety of popular materials and in multiple thicknesses and colors. If you have a specific requirement that isn't listed here, email us!
  3. Panel Corners
    The corners of your panels can be left square, or milled into an angled or rounded shape.

    Corners
    Corners
    Panel corners are squared by default, but can also be cut at a 45° angle, or rounded.
    Corners
  4. Edge Treatment
    Depending on the material, the edges of a panel can be chamfered at a 45° angle, or milled into a rounded fillet. If you have a specific radius in mind, include that with your drawing. Otherwise, we can pick one that will work best with your chosen material.

    Edge Finishes
    Edges
    The perimeter of the panel can be left square, chamfered at a 45° angle, or rounded into a fillet.
    Edge Finishes
  5. Anodizing & Finishing
    Panels cut from bare aluminum can be anodized after milling, eliminating the silver edge seen on panels cut from pre-anodized aluminum. This is most economical for orders of multiple panels, as it incurs a minimum batch charge.

    Due to standard manufacturing processes, panels will sometimes show small blemishes or imperfections on the non-display side of the unit. If you require consistent aesthetics on both the front and back of your panel, please let us know.
  6. Engraving and Laser Marking
    If desired, indicate the type (engraving or laser), exact placement, and copy on your drawing. If you have a preference for size or font, please include that as well. Otherwise we'll default to Helvetica and pick an appropriate size to fit.
  7. Drawing
    Please read carefully: To accurately quote a panel, we'll need a drawing that shows a few vital pieces of information about the project. Our engineers are happy to work with any kind of drawing you can provide (napkin sketches included), or we can create a professional production-quality drawing for a very competitive fee.

    Quoted project costs include the time it takes to convert your drawing or model to a format we can use for manufacturing. For minimum design and conversion time, submit your drawing in one of the following formats: DXF, DWG, S/DPRT, STP/STEP, STL, or 3DM.

    Your satisfaction is our #1 priority! So before manufacturing, we'll ask for your written sign-off on the final version of the drawing, to make sure you're getting exactly what you want. Once that's done, production can begin!

    Please include the following information on your drawing:
    1. Width and height of the panel
      If your panel is an irregular shape, please include the lengths of each edge.
    2. Size and location of mounting holes
      We'll need to know the diameter and location of mounting holes.
    3. Location of standard cutouts
      Indicate roughly where you'd like your cutouts to be. If the location is specific, include its distance from two edges of the panel.
    4. (Optional) Usable area of panel
      This should indicate the area in the back of your panel in which components can be installed. It is generally within the perimeter of the mounting holes, and may be determined by the dimensions of the enclosure the panel will be mounted over.
    5. (Optional) Dimensions, clearances, and locations of nonstandard cutouts
      If your panel includes any cutouts that are not on our list of standard cutouts, please include as much information about them as possible. We may also request a sample of the connector that will be installed in the cutout.






Options


Marking & Labeling:


Logo Marking

Logo Marking

We can convert, optimize, and laser mark your logo for sharp, professional branding.
Laser Marking

Laser Marking

For clean lines and maximum precision, laser marking is the perfect solution. Take a look at our Laser Marking Sample Gallery
Engraving

Engraving

This durable marking method looks great on any material with a contrasting surface treatment such as anodized aluminum or layered acrylic.
Paint Infill

Paint Infill

Engraving can be infilled with paint for a colorful and high-contrast marking solution.


Finishing:


Aluminum Anodizing

Anodizing

While pre-anodized aluminum is available, we can also anodize your panels post-cutting to provide a full-coverage durable finish.
Powder Coating

Powder Coating

Protect your panel with a high-quality powder coat applied as a final step.
Painting

Painting

Get creative with painted finishes! Available in a range of colors and textures.


Accessories:


Press-Fit Fasteners

Press-Fit Fasteners

Mount PCBs, attach mounting hardware, and more with press-fit fasteners built into your panel. Concealed-head and flush-head available. Flush-mount nuts available on panels 0.090" and thicker. Perfect for adding windows and vents too!
Panel Hardware

Switch Guards & Hardware

We carry switch guards, panel handles, fasteners, and more. Check out our Accessories & Hardware section, or contact us if you have something specific in mind.






Materials


We stock a variety of common materials in multiple colors and thicknesses, but can source nearly anything with a very short turnaround. If you don't see what you're looking for here, just contact us.


  0.048" 0.050" 0.063" 0.090" 0.125"
Acrylic
Matte or Glossy Black, 75% or 90% opaque White
       
Layered Acrylic
Black with White Core or White with Black Core
       
6061 Aluminum
Bare or Black Anodized
   
5052 Aluminum
Clear or Black Anodized
       
Steel
4130, A366/1008, and T-304 available
Brass    


Acrylic

0.125" Acrylic

This acrylic material is lightweight and durable, with outstanding resistance to sunlight and weathering.
Engraving Plastic

0.125" Layered Engraving Acrylic

Made of three layers, with a contrasting color sandwiched between two shell layers. This makes for excellent, high-contrast direct engraving.
Anodized Black Aluminum

6061 Anodized Black Aluminum

An affordable and sharp-looking alternative to batch anodizing. This pre-anodized black aluminum lasers beautifully. The only downside is the bare aluminum showing on the edges. For a fully anodized panel, see our Post-Cut Anodizing option.
6061 Aluminum

6061 Aluminum

A popular and durable material, that machines well and has high resistance to corrosion. While this high-strength aluminum isn't recommended for bending, it is heat-treatable and lightweight.
5052 Aluminum

5052 Aluminum

This bendable, weldable alloy is perfect for enclosures. Ideal for anodizing.
Steel

Steel

A durable structural material available in a number of styles and thicknesses.
Brass

Brass

A beautiful material that polishes up wonderfully and has antibacterial properties.






Standard Cutouts


Custom Panels DataPro's standard plate and panel cutouts are designed to be compatible with our panel-mount cables and couplers.

Below you'll find a list of cutouts, their compatible components, and associated drawings. If you need something not listed here, please contact us!
Cutout Name Compatible Cable Compatible Coupler Drawing
AC Power Panel-Mount AC Power Extension (9298-01W) - -
BNC - BNC Coupler F-F (CCP-BNC) -
C13 PC Power Outlet - C13 Solder-on Connector (XX-PWR-C13) -
C14 PC Power Inlet - C14 Solder-on Connector (XX-PWR-C14) -
C20 PC Power Inlet - C20 Solder-on Connector (XX-PWR-C20) -
DB9 RS232 Serial DB9 Panel-Mount Extension M-F(1023)
DB9 Panel-Mount Extension F-M (1122)
Weatherproof DB9 PM Extension F-M (1122W)
DB9 Coupler F-F (CCP-D09FF)
DB9 Coupler M-M (CCP-D09MM)
PDF PDF
DB15/DA15 Gameport - DB15 Coupler F-F (CCP-D15FF)
DB15 Coupler M-M (CCP-D15MM)
-
DB25 DB25 Panel-Mount F-M (1013) DB25 Coupler F-F (CCP-D25) -
DB37 - DB37 Coupler F-F (CCP-D37FF) -
Decora Custom Decora Inserts USB/AC Power Insert (75PWRUSB) -
DisplayPort 1170 (P/M Female to Male)
1174 (P/M Female to Male Mini DisplayPort)
DisplayPort Coupler F-F (CCP-DSP) PDF PDF
Mini DisplayPort Mini DisplayPort PM Extension F-M (1178)
Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort F-M (1176)
- PDF PDF
DVI 1143 (P/M Female to Male) CCP-DVI PDF PDF
Ethernet CAT5/CAT6 Cable Cat5e Panel-Mount Extension F-M (1770)
Cat6 Panel-Mount Extension F-M (1771)
Cat6 Shielded PM Extension F-M (1771S)
RJ45 Cat5 Coupler F-F (CCP-C5E)
RJ45 Cat6 Coupler (CCP-C6)
RJ45 Cat6 Shielded Coupler (CCP-C6S)
PDF PDF
Waterproof IP67 Cat6 Ethernet - Cat6 Waterproof IP67 Coupler (CCP-C6R) -
Fiber Optic SC - SC-SC Coupler F-F (1443-FF)
SC-ST Coupler F-F (1443-FF)
-
F-Type Coaxial (TV Cable) - F-Type Coupler F-F (CCP-FTV) -
FireWire 400 FireWire Panel Mount F to Header (1390)
FireWire Panel Mount Extension F-M (1398)
FireWire Dual Panel Mount F-F (1388)
- -
FireWire 800 - FireWire 800 Coupler F-F (CCP-FW800) -
1-inch Grommet Grommet included - -
1.5-inch Grommet Grommet included - -
HDMI HDMI Panel Mount Extension F-M (1160)
HDMI Dual Panel Mount F-F (1168)
HDMI Coupler F-F (CCP-HDMI) PDF PDF
Keystone Snap-in - All Keystone parts -
Keystone Snap-in (Dual) - All Keystone parts -
Neutrik XLR 1/4" TRS Panel-Mount Extension F-M (1225)
XLR Panel-Mount Extension F-M (1231)
XLR Panel-Mount Extension M-F (1232)
XLR Dual Panel-Mount F-F (1236)
Neutrik RJ45 Cat5e Coupler (CCP-NEC5E)
Neutrik HDMI 1.3 Coupler (CCP-NHDMI-FF)
Neutrik RJ45 Cat6 Coupler (XX-NEC6-F-PM)
Neutrik USB 2.0 A-B Coupler (CCP-NUSB-AB)
Neutrik USB 3.0 A-B Coupler (CCP-NUSB3-AB)
Neutrik XLR F Solder-on (XX-XLR-F-PMD)
Neutrik XLR M Solder-on (XX-XLR-M-PMD)
Switchcraft BNC Coupler (CCX-BNC)
Switchcraft RJ45 Cat6 Coupler (CCX-C6)
Switchcraft RJ45 Cat6 Shielded Coupler (CCX-C6)
Switchcraft S-Video Coupler (CCX-CSV)
Switchcraft VGA Coupler (CCX-VGA)
Switchcraft DB9 Coupler (CCX-D09)
Switchcraft Toggle/Rocker Switch (CCX-xS-DPDT)
PDF PDF
N Type - Panel Mount Type N Coupler F-F (CCP-NTYPE) -
Light Switch - - -
Power 120V Duplex - Household Duplex Power Outlet (ZZ-PWR-X2) -
PS/2 PS/2 Panel Mount Extension F-M (1169) PS/2 Coupler F-F (CCP-PS2) -
QMA Antenna - QMA Coupler F-F (CCP-QMA) -
RCA - RCA Coupler F-F (CCP-RCA) PDF PDF
RP-SMA (F-F) - RP-SMA Coupler F-F (CCP-SMA-RPFF) -
RP-SMA (M-F) - RP-SMA Coupler M-F (CCP-SMA-RPMF) -
SMA SMA Panel Mount Extension F-M (1877) SMA Coupler F-F (CCP-SMA) -
Speaker Binding Post/Banana Jack - Binding Post Coupler F-F (CCP-PST)
Not recommended for use with conductive materials
-
Stereo 3.5mm (1/8in) 3.5mm Panel Mount Extension F-M (1224)
3.5mm Dual Panel Mount F-F (1223)
3.5mm Coupler F-F (CCP-3.5) PDF PDF
Stereo 1/4in 1/4" Panel Mount Extension F-M (1225)
1/4" Dual Panel Mount F-F (1226)
- -
S-Video S-Video Panel Mount Extension F-M (1164) S-Video Coupler F-F (CCP-CSV) -
TNC TNC Panel Mount Extension F-M (1874)
TNC Coupler F-F (CCP-TNC) -
RP-TNC - RP-TNC Panel Mount Extension F-M (1872) -
Toslink Optical (via Keystone) - TosLink Optical Coupler F-F (CCK-TOS) -
USB 2.0/3.0 Type-A USB 2.0 A to 4-Pin Header F-F (1490)
USB 2.0 A to Micro B F-M (1582)
USB 2.0 A to Panel Mount B F-F (1587)
USB 2.0 A to A Dual Panel Mount F-F (1588)
USB 2.0 A to 5-Pin Header F-F (1590)
USB 2.0 A to A F-M (1598)
USB 2.0 A to B F-M (1599)
USB 3.0 A to 20-Pin Header F-F (1610)
USB 3.0 A to USB-C F-M (1679)
USB 3.0 A to Panel Mount B F-F (1687) (P/M Female to P/M Female B 3.0)
USB 3.0 A to Panel Mount A F-F (1688)
USB 3.0 A to A F-M (1698)
USB 3.0 A B F-M (1699)
USB 2.0 Flexible Coupler F-F (CCP-USBA-FLX)
USB 2.0 Coupler F-F (CCP-USB-A-FF)
USB A 2.0 to Micro B Dual Coupler (CCP-USBB)
USB A 3.0 to Panel Mount B 3.0 Dual Coupler F-F (CCP-USB3-AB)
PDF PDF
Waterproof USB 2.0 Type-A USB-A to USB-B Panel Mount F-F (1587W)
USB-A Panel Mount Extension F-M (1598W)
- -
USB 2.0 Type-B USB 2.0 B to 5-Pin Header F-F (1580)
USB 2.0 B to Micro-B F-M (1581)
USB 2.0 B to Panel Mount A F-F (1587)
USB 2.0 B to A F-M (1589)
USB 2.0 B to B F-M (1591)
- PDF PDF
USB 3.0 Type B USB 3.0 B to Panel Mount A F-F (1687)
USB 3.0 B to B F-M (1691)
USB B 3.0 to Panel Mount A 3.0 Dual Coupler F-F (CCP-USB3-AB) PDF PDF
USB Micro B USB 2.0 Micro-B to A Dual Coupler F-F (CCP-USBB)
USB 2.0 Micro-B to Micro-B Extension F-M (1584)
- PDF PDF
USB Type C USB-C 3.1 to 20-Pin Header F-F (1670)
USB-C 3.1 to USB-C Extension F-M (1678)
- PDF PDF
VGA VGA Panel Mount to VGA F-M (1152)
VGA Waterproof Panel Mount to VGA F-M (1152W)
VGA Panel Mount to VGA w/Pigtail F-M (1154)
VGA Panel Mount to VGA Panel Mount F-F (1156)
VGA Panel Mount to VGA Panel Mount w/Pigtail F-F (1157)
CCP-VGA PDF PDF