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Old 27th June 2017, 08:45 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by EUVL View Post
Steel is a bit tricky, so is black background.
Clear anodised aluminium would have been easier.

The cheapest / easiest you know already -- Letraset and then clear lacquer on top to seal. Is not totally scratch free, but simple enough.

If you can silk screen, that is the next option. Works for both steel & alu, black & white. Again not totally scratch free.

If you wish to use Alu, there are ready made Alu panels (in Germany at least) 1mm thick with a photosensitive black layer already deposited. All you need to do then is to expose your graphics like a PCB, develope it with special chemical, that's is. The disadvantage is that you are limited in thickness.


If you want best results, either you find someone to laser engrave for you, or CNC engrave. Both will work for black & silver alu. I use CNC myself, because I have access to a CNC mill.

@Patrick could you please let me know how to use a CNC machining me to print labels on normal aluminium? I got a CNC machine but could not find any resources about this process. I would like to have fairly high quality finish.
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Old 27th June 2017, 08:54 AM   #12
jpr_pt is offline jpr_pt  Portugal
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Take a look at the Fab Lab laboratories around.
They allow you to have acces to laser and CNC routing tables.
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Old 1st July 2017, 02:24 PM   #13
audiofan is offline audiofan  Canada
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A few years ago I build a preamp an to have a professional look on front plate I made a desing ( on computer ) then I did go in a printing shop with a machine to print on vinyl ( they use these to make stikers to put on cars & tuck ) it gave a very good job and was affordable.
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Old 17th July 2017, 08:38 AM   #14
julian is offline julian  United Kingdom
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Here are a couple ive made for people in the past -

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You can run an approximation of this kind of work on a standard CNC mill, but not to the same quality.

..basically, its a cnc machine (as is a 30 inkjet printer), but the rest is different : )
For custom cnc engraved panels see - http://thebeast.co.uk/?page_id=21
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