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I am building a cabinet for my equipment kind of in the style of a salamander design. http://salamanderdesigns.com/html/do...n_brochure.pdf


In the doors I would really like to get perforated metal to allow for better air flow and let the remotes "see" the equipment.

Does anyone know where you can get perforated metal for a decent price in small quantities?
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Parts Express just introduced perf metal sheets for grills.

Sorry I don't know the part number


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http://www.mcmaster.com/

Type perforated metal in the find box.

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There are many places that will sell perf metal raw, not as many that stock it poweder coated. I looked over the Parts Express options, and that's probably as good as any and cheaper than most. Just search for "grill" and you'll find them on the second page of search results.

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Any idea what kind of hole size or % open area you need for reasonable airflow? Also wondering about Infrared light transmittal issues with some of the finer, lower % open area patterns...

Still, looks like some nice options for cabinet door covers, rack covers, where some airflow would be nice...

Just bookmarked that site for future reference in my "materials" area... Quite a selection...
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Gents,

Thanks for the responses. I looked into both sites and I determined that the sheet size, color and powder coating options made it a much better choice [for me] to go with parts express grills.

I chose the 6 millimeter diameter holes wich are about .25 inch if you are looking at the other site. This should give ample air flow and allow the RF to sneak through.

They should be in on Tuesday. I'll post a response to let everyone know how it all turns out.

Thanks again.
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How about a link to PartsExpress perforated metal? I searched on their site, but got a 0 response!
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I did a search on "metal grill". It came up with some pre-formed and some flat. The one below is the one that I ended up going with.

flat metal grill w/6mm hole
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This should give ample air flow and allow the RF to sneak through.

RF doesn't require line of sight...
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Thanks Hahns...I should have tried the misspelled version of grille also!
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