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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Replacement Meter Faceplate
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 2:01:20 PM
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@dwhess: ...instead of paper or white film for photographs, I print reversed on a transparency film...

Very interesting -- I'll have to try this technique also -- once I have the tex t/ images I need, it will be easy to reverse then and try this -- thanks for sharing

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Re: Replacement Meter Faceplate
dwhess   8/29/2014 1:45:14 PM
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I have used the same technique to make front panel art for prototypes but instead of paper or white film for photographs, I print reversed on a transparency film intended for overhead projectors which I turn over when spray attaching to the front panel.  That allows the tough and chemically resistant Mylar transparency film to protect the printing.



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Re: Replacement Meter Faceplate
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 1:20:22 PM
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@dwhess: The results in both cases looked as good or better than the original faceplate but had the advantage of color printing if neccessary.

Thank you so much for sharing this -- it gives me a lot more confidence to hear from someone who has already done this.

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Re: Laser engraving
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 1:19:03 PM
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@Tom-ii: Also, they're only about a mile from my house, so you could make a field trip...

Or you could wear a webcam so I coudl see what you are seeing and we could link up by Skype and you coudl act as my remove Avatar LOL

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Replacement Meter Faceplate
dwhess   8/26/2014 12:18:52 PM
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I have done this in the past in the same way you basically describe.  I scanned the original faceplate and used the image to create vector artwork in AutoCAD.  A test printout on plain paper allowed precise measurements to be made for correcting any scale errors.

 

Then I either printed the final image on high resolution flat paper or glossy photo paper intended for inkjet printers and used spray adhesive to attach it to the original metal faceplate.  The slight added thickness of the paper has never been an issue.

 

The results in both cases looked as good or better than the original faceplate but had the advantage of color printing if neccessary.

 

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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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