Metalphoto® Aluminum Front Panels

Proclaimed the Most Durable Front Panels Available

MPC’s Metalphoto Front Panels are our most durable and popular solution for front panels. Graphics are sealed beneath a sapphire-hard anodic layer, creating an impenetrable surface that is resistant to extreme temperatures, humidity, UV, salt spray, abrasion, industrial solvents, chemicals and more. Our Metalphoto aluminum front panels function perfectly for years, maintaining their original appearance under even the harshest conditions.

Metalphoto is the specified material for many military standards and aerospace applications. The National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers (GPI) Industry Standards and Practices Manual identifies Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum as the most durable printed aluminum substrate available, citing its applicability for extreme environmental conditions and outdoor exposure.

Metalphoto aluminum front panels are available with a one-part or two-part panel construction. A one-part panel construction uses only one thick sheet of Metalphoto containing graphic elements and is fabricated to your panel design using one or more processes in our machine and print shops. A two-part panel construction is engineered from a thin sheet of Metalphoto with graphic elements, which is then affixed to an identically fabricated thicker supporting aluminum or stainless steel back panel.



Why Choose MPC’s Metal Photo Panels?

  • Retains original appearance even under years of exposure to extreme heat, humidity, UV, salt spray, abrasion, industrial solvents, chemicals and more.
  • Photosensitive anodized aluminum face stock seals images beneath a sapphire-hard anodic layer for maximum durability.
  • Crisp black and silver graphics are high contrast with excellent resolution.
  • Specified for many military standards and aerospace applications.
  • Expected exterior life is 20+ years.
  • Custom fabricated in our machine and print shops to your design specifications.
  • After fabrication, edges and holes of the finished parts are not anodized; in panels .063” or thicker, edges can be anodized, alodined or painted for increased durability and protection.
  • Ideal for variable information.

Product Specifications


Photosensitive anodized aluminum face stock (optional thicknesses .003”, .005”, .008”, .012”, .020”, .032”, .063”, .090”, .125”).


Matte (non-reflective w/flat finish), Satin (lustrous semi-reflective material), #4 (brushed to resemble a stainless steel finish), Gloss (highly reflective, mirror-like). Note: #4 starts at .032" thickness; Gloss is available in .020" only. See Metalphoto finishes


Advanced tooling for precision fabrication capabilities including milling, countersink and counterbore holes, bending/forming, stud insertion, stand-offs, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesives, and more.


Many fonts and design elements are available, as well as your company logo.


Black graphics on silver background or silver graphics on black background; color options available. Note: Colors other than black possess limited UV resistance.

Standard Sizes:

Standard and custom sizes up to 24” x 40”.


15 working days from receipt of order and approval of artwork. Expedited shipment is available for an additional charge. Foil thicknesses require 15-20 working days.

No minimum quantity. Get a quote for any size job.

Get a quote for any size job - we have no minimum piece requirement. Our minimum production run is $400 per part number, excluding set-up fees/tooling. Contact us regarding your project.