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face BY : Greg Peyton email (remove spam text)

One alternative, and I'm a bit ashamed to admit that we do this at work for small test fixtures...It's one of those "that's the way we've always done it" things that I inherited.
I'm sure some of the more experienced guys will read the following with a look of horror on their faces. I look that way myself, every time I have to make a label. It does work though and lasts a long time.

Print out your label on paper, using the laser printer. Include a border around  it. If possible, use a drawing program like autocad (or similar). Precision is a beautiful thing when making labels.

Create a sandwich composed of the following, each piece about .25" to .5" larger than the label outline: 1) plastic sheeting 2) 3M brand 468MP adhesive (we get it on a large roll)
3) label 4) 3M brand 468MP adhesive

I put the adhesive on both sides of the label prior to laying on the plastic. If I goof up I just throw it away. It's easier than peeling the adhesive off the plastic.

I've read how other people use clear plastic when making labels using other techniques. Those techniques probably produce fine results which I won't argue with. For this method I don't like using clear plastic. I think it produces too much glare making the label hard to read. It also makes bubbles look hideous. I prefer .02" lexan plastic. It's got one smooth side, a slightly rougher side (which I have facing out) and is translucent enough to hide small bubbles.

Using a metal straightedge and a xacto knife, cut off edges, at or just inside, the label border.
Be sure you drill all holes that will be covered (such as the locking pin for rotary switch indexes) prior to placing the label. Always debur before placing label.

Drill holes as large as possible as required by label. I finish by using a xacto knife for precision on soft aluminum cases. Be careful of bubbles under the adhesive. We roll them out as we assemble it.
Be very careful when placing the labels. It's a one shot deal as these things can't be adjusted once they bite to the case.
The only other thing I can say is to think about the order of things before you do them. Try to mentally walk through the process to prevent gotchas.

That's the gist of it. I hope this was as amusing as it was educational.


Greg Peyton
Metrology Lead Technician
(760)598-8900 x293

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Dear members.
I'm looking for a good way -  to produce a front panels  to my homemade
I have a laser printer.
Does anyone have experience with that problem.
Thank you .
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