here's the first prototype plates, my first attempt at machining metal, and then the professionally manufactured result:

@s_ol That finish looks amazing - is it sand/bead blasted? Anodised?

sand blast + anodized. should last pretty well, the rubber feet keep it away from most scratches and I just tried and I don't manage to make a mark with my fingernails anyway

@s_ol wow, is that milled aluminum? where did you get that made?

yep! These were manufactured by "Shenzen Huili Precision Technology".

@s_ol sounds like the kind of company one finds by going on alibaba and asking a bunch of companies for quotes :P

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