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  1. #1
    I have bought a used electrical enclosure but it didn't come with a mounting plate. Searching around it looks like they are usually made of steel but is there any reason I shouldn't fabricate an aluminium plate?

    Does it need to be conductive in order to provide a common ground or is it just the case that steel is used (rather than say acrylic or phenolic etc) in case of a fire within the cabinet?

    Thanks,
    The Cap'n

  2. #2
    Aluminium backing plate will be fine.
    ..Clive
    The more you know, The better you know, How little you know

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by Clive S View Post
    Aluminium backing plate will be fine.

    Great, many thanks Clive

  4. #4
    +1

    I used 3mm ali in the one I inherited (thankyou Nealiboyee!) - advantages I can see include:

    greater electrical conductivity( = better earthing) than weight for weight steel
    greater thermal conductivity - used it as a heatsink for the rectifier, DC regulator/back EMF clamp, stepper drivers

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Voicecoil View Post
    +1

    I used 3mm ali in the one I inherited (thankyou Nealiboyee!) - advantages I can see include:

    greater electrical conductivity( = better earthing) than weight for weight steel
    greater thermal conductivity - used it as a heatsink for the rectifier, DC regulator/back EMF clamp, stepper drivers
    Like the idea of using it as a heatsink, I hadn't considered that.

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