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Old 13th January 2020, 11:41 PM   #1
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Default looking for tips labeling Volume, Selector, On/Off on front panel

Hey Guys,


I'm building a tube preamp. The chassis will be bent aluminum with wood sides.

What's a nice and professional looking way to do the text on the front
face plate for Volume, On/Off , Selector inputs etc.?
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Old 14th January 2020, 12:28 AM   #2
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Laser etching, and milled engraving (which can be filled).
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Old 14th January 2020, 02:16 AM   #3
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You need anodized finish to be able to laser-etch aluminium (unless you've access to a fibre-laser!)


There's also chemical etching, and transparent printed decals.
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Old 14th January 2020, 02:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions. I forgot to mention that the aluminum will be painted
White. So it would have to work on polyurethane paint, whatever the process would be.
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Old 14th January 2020, 03:53 AM   #5
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Letraset and a clear coat.
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Old 14th January 2020, 04:31 AM   #6
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Trophy shops have CNC engraving machines. Either engrave the panel directly (risky) or have them make label plates from brass or aluminum.
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Old 14th January 2020, 07:41 PM   #7
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Letraset and a clear coat.

To me that would appear dated by modern standards.
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Old 21st January 2020, 01:23 AM   #8
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If you can provide clear,accurately dimensioned artwork,any trophy shop can run you off a faceplate,usually CNC laser engraved these days. And there are lots of material choices available too.

I still use one of these,an old manual Scott,and dated be damned!
You would be surprised at how sophisticated a control panel you can make with one of these,if you know your way around the machine.Hiwatt is a good example: (web pics)
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