Electrical Socket / Water Pipe Cutout Guide
When GigaPixArt panels require cutouts for electrical sockets and water connections, measurements are critical. Unless you feel confident in measuring the location and dimensions of required cutouts yourself, we recommend the services of a professional to attempt this. Likewise, when cutouts are performed, the correct tools and skills will determine if the project is undertaken correctly.
Cutouts should not be made closer than 15cm from the panel edge, therefore this should be taken into account when ordering panels. Cutouts must take into account the 3mm expansion gaps around panels when taking measurements. It is vital that cutouts leave sufficient space around electrical socket boxes for installation, while socket faceplates fit over the panel face.
When the panel is ready to be cut, masking tape should be applied to the area of the printed side. The area around the cutout will need to be sandwiched between 2 sheets of sacrificial acrylic or MDF board and held securely with G-Clamps. The sandwiched panel will then need to be secured to a workbench. It is important that the panels are held firmly to minimise vibration in order to achieve the cleanest cut possible.
Use a blunt drill-bit on a slow speed to begin drilling a pilot hole near a corner of an electrical socket cutout. Next, use a handheld router with a cutting bit suitable for aluminium and plastic. Run the router in gradually deeper cuts until the bit has cut right through. Use a fine hand file and sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges from the cut.