[time-nuts] Labeling project boxes/panels
davidwhess at gmail.com
Sat Jan 21 18:06:02 EST 2012
I layout the design I want (autocad) and print it reversed 1:1 on
overhead projector film. Then I cut and mount it printed side down
with 3M Super 77 spray adhesive. The mylar film is very tough and
resistant to solvents. I use an ink jet but a laser printer should
work as well.
A similar procedure works for punch out masks.
On Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:33:26 -0500, "Charles P. Steinmetz"
<charles_steinmetz at lavabit.com> wrote:
>I'm tired of setting up silkscreening for one-off or small lot
>projects, and am looking for new ways to neatly label panels
>(generally painted metal, sometimes bare metal or
>plastic). Preferably, something that can be done on-premises without
>needing to send graphics out and wait for delivery. I'd like to be
>able to do layouts on a pc -- at a minimum with letters and lines,
>and hopefully the capability to paste graphics, as well. I'm willing
>to overcoat the labeling if necessary (preferably with a spray rather
>than an adhesive film). Duty will generally be indoor, but I'd like
>the labeling to survive locations that get direct sun through a window.
>I'm familiar with the Dymo and Brother industrial tape labelers, but
>would like something that is not so confined to available tape widths
>(if I'm doing an overlay -- which I'm not in love with generally --
>I'd like to overlay the whole panel). I don't know if the Scotchcal
>family of products has anything useful for this. I have heard of
>materials available for (laser?) printers that create water-soluble
>decals, but have not run across any. I know there are heat-transfer
>PC resist materials -- are there similar things oriented to panel
>labeling (this would not address plastic panels, I presume)? One
>potential drawback of printed solutions (where the actual toner or
>ink from the printer becomes the label) may be making light-colored
>labels for dark panels.
>Anything else people like? I know I said I disfavor sending out for
>overlays, but if anybody thinks really highly of this method, and can
>identify a good vendor, I'm willing to listen.
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