I never gave much thought to blank panels for modulars. It always seemed silly to me to buy a functionless panel just to cover up open space. I understood the fact that there was the possibility of shock by touching power pins when the system is on, but I felt pretty safe in my ability to not do something like that. So, I never gave blank panels a second thought.
Until a little over a month ago when I sold some modules to Stephen @ pro-modular.com and he told me about these laser engraved acrylic blanks that he had started to make and asked if I'd like one. I ended up getting two sizes and in terms of color and what was engraved, I said, "surprise me". And I was surprised.
I ended up with a 16HP clear one and the pictured 28HP black and gold one. I'm still trying to get a really cool shot of the clear acrylic with some LED backlighting, but the black+gold really just jumps out. The acrylic is a little less than 2x the thickness of a standard aluminum faceplate, so it's very sturdy, with very little flex even at 28HP. I could easily see module panels being made the same way.
I've been super stoked on these blanks, especially the 28HP black+gold. I was sad when I had to remove it while testing the Z-DSP as I didn't have room for both. However, now that I've sold off a few more modules and made some room, it's back in the case!
Anyone looking for blanks (or even not looking for blanks), jump on over to pro-modular.com and check them out. Full 19" rack blanks are now possible too!