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Old 06-03-2012, 05:52 PM
gweaver gweaver is offline
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Tried something new for a prototype- got some engraving stock- black with a white underlayer. By setting line colors in the drawing and changing power settings on the laser cutter, I can cut through the panel on the black lines while only etching the blue text. Etching allows me to burn away the black plastic, exposing the white underneath.

I still want to play around with aligning the text for the switches, but I really like how these are looking. I made a practice panel with a plain font, then found the Hemi-Head font. I forgot to take a picture of the actual panel, so I couldn't label the various reset buttons. I'll correct that tomorrow and run another set of panels (hopefully the final set).

A little more playing around and I should have something that's a pretty reasonable replica of the original panel, but with a few personal touches.

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