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Old 24th February 2014, 07:51 PM   #31
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Another place to check out in the U.S. is Front Panel Express:*Front Panel Design Software and CAD Conversion Service
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Old 24th February 2014, 08:29 PM   #32
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Just thinkin' out loud... is there laser printable vinyl ( or similar) foils out there somewhere...???
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We chose to go with real engraving. The only problem is paying for the machine. We found one on eBay for a reasonable price. New Hermes is the grand daddy of engraving machines, but they are usually more desirable so attract more attention from bidders.

There are two basic kinds of engravers: CNC and manual. The manual kind come in two flavors: motorized or diamond stylus. The least expensive is the pantograph diamond stylus type. They produce very nice results but require skill.
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Screen printing with epoxy inks onto aluminum appears to be difficult, messy and prone to errors to me. The learning curve for screen printing is fairly steep for great results.
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I've done both motorized and diamond engravings. Diamond tip may be a bit feeble for front plates, and it's not only the machine that's expensive, the templates are solid money, too. Then there's always the risk of f*- ups.......
Decals are a cheap alternative, but not very durable.......? I't a long time since I played with decals... That's why I wondered about vinyl foils....
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Just did some googlin' - and of course printable vinyl is available.....
Some claim it's durable.... experience anyone ????
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Old 24th February 2014, 09:00 PM   #36
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Well, then you can get one of the Chinese CNC engravers and be done with it. That'll be $600 plus a computer with a parallel port.

In the very old days, Gen Rad would use an engraver on their front panels. They painted the panel first, and then scratched away the paint as they engraved. Their gear lasted decades and still looks good. HP also engraved their face plates, but filled the engraving with paint. I assume HP used a motorized engraver.
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Graphics printing shops can plot on self adhesive vynil.
There's one kind meant to cover vans and trucks, so it is durable and wterproof.
Just be certain to ask for high definition, because their usuqal work is meant to be seen from far away.
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Well, there is always Dymo if you don't have any money.
http://www.dungeonsanddorkwads.com/w...3/12/dymo2.jpg
Then you can pretend you are Mesa Boogie in the early days...
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Well, there is always Dymo if you don't have any money.
http://www.dungeonsanddorkwads.com/w...3/12/dymo2.jpg
Then you can pretend you are Mesa Boogie in the early days...
Yeah, or Brother P Touch. Different models available. All colors of stock including clear and font choices. The best of ghetto labeling on the cheap.
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