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tom-ii
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Re: Laser engraving
tom-ii   8/25/2014 7:03:37 PM
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Also, they're only about a mile from my house, so you could make a field trip...

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
David Ashton   8/25/2014 6:12:40 PM
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@Max...re printing on CDS...great idea....you could get an old CD, carefully cut out part of the CD the same size as the meter face, put the meter face in the hole thus created, attach it with stickytape on the back of the CD and faceplate, and print.  You might have to pad the faceplate up a bit - it probably would not be as thick as the CD.

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Re: Laser engraving
Max The Magnificent   8/25/2014 6:05:31 PM
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@Tom-ii: You might take a look at these folks...

Thanks for the suggestion -- when I'm a bit more progressed I might give them a call depending on how the other options turn out...

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
Max The Magnificent   8/25/2014 6:02:51 PM
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@Rcurl: If you decide to re-print the scale markings and everything, you might try getting an inkjet printer that will print on CD's. You could easily modify it to accept the meter scales.

Good suggestion.

As an aside (since I know you like Dr Who), did you see the new one on Saturday? I missed it (preparing for my trip) but I just downloaded it to my iPad as a treat for the return journey.

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Re: I forgot to mention earlier....
Max The Magnificent   8/25/2014 5:58:17 PM
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@mhrackin: I probably have a couple in my basement (bought surplus in the '50s or '60s).

So are you going to build one of these clocks? If not, I'm sure I could find those meters a good home LOL

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Laser engraving
tom-ii   8/25/2014 2:41:40 PM
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Max,


You might take a look at these folks:  http://www.mandrelbend.com/

 

They are actually an exhaust shop just down the road from my house.  BUT - they have a laser engraving machine on-site to do custom work for the "tuner" community.


You might give them a ring and see what they might be willing to do..

 

It might actually be that these folks are in the same building, but one or the other can get you good contact info.

http://www.manta.com/c/mwk15xy/chesapeake-laser-engraving

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
Rcurl   8/25/2014 2:22:00 PM
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If the background of the scale is still nice and white then you can get some correction fluid like "wite out" or "Snopaque" and cover just the numbers and letters but not the scale markings.  Then use Letraset dry-transfer lettering to replace the letters and digits. You can get it on eBay and at many craft stores in the scrapbooking section.

If you decide to re-print the scale markings and everything, you might try getting an inkjet printer that will print on CD's. You could easily modify it to accept the meter scales.

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I forgot to mention earlier....
mhrackin   8/25/2014 12:12:59 PM
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The meter in the photographs was made by Weston Instruments, likely in the late 1950's, in New Jersey.  I grew up there, and got my BSEE from Newark College of Engineering (now part of NJIT).  Edward Weston was a major benefactor of the college; the main building was Weston Hall (which may actually have been the original home of Weston's company). That is almost certainly a moving-coil movement; I don't think Weston made moving-iron, as their meters were high-end and high quality.  I probably have a couple in my basement (bought surplus in the '50s or '60s).

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
mhrackin   8/25/2014 12:02:14 PM
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As a former South Floridian who routinely went wading in the Everglades on fishing trips, this advice:  Alligators are fine, unless it's a momma guarding the underground nest.   Otherwise they don't bother you if you don't bother them.  Watch out for the crocodiles, though; THEY are NASTY (as are the water snakes).

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Re: New faceplates for analog meters
Max The Magnificent   8/25/2014 10:06:57 AM
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@JGrubbs: Max: If you are going to print the faceplates for the meters take a look at "Meter" and "BasicMeter" software from Tonne Software. BasicMeter is free and Meter is $35. You can download the manual from their website.

Hi there -- I just checked into the hotel in Sao Paulo for ESC Brazil -- I'm up to my armpits in alligators at the moment -- but I will look at these apps as soon as I get a free moment.

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