I've used 2 different approaches to panel labeling with recent projects.
The easiest is to simply use something like a Brother labelmaker, and this
works fine where you don't need anything graphically interesting. I use
clear tape, and it stays pretty clear over a painted panel.
For small projects, I've made some pretty snazzy looking panels by setting
the panel up in MS Excel. I use the program to make sure everything is
nicely centered, add background colors as needed, even give myself drilling
markers. Once I've produced the Excel spreadsheet on the computer, I print
out a copy WITHOUT the cell lines visible, and make sure all the pieces
actually fit (measure twice, cut once...). Once I'm satisfied with the
I print a final copy in color, take it to my local copy shop and have it
laminated, cut it to size, and use spray adhesive to glue it in place. Then I
can drill the panel as needed and have all the holes line up properly. The
only limitation here is that it works only for panels smaller than 8.5 x
11", or in extreme cases, 11 x 17". Still, if you have access to a color
printer and laminator that work at 11 x 17, that will cover all but the
mounting slots of most rack panels.
In a message dated 1/29/2010 4:31:47 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 10:00:04 +1300
From: ZL2AAA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [Amps] Good amp to buy maybe build?
To: "Fuqua, Bill L" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The biggest problem that I find is getting suitable ,good looking decals
the front panel.Silk screening for a one off project is not
economical.Letraset nah.I would like to know what other constructors use?
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