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How to make a professional-like panel labelAuthor
Peter Boston
May 15, 2012

PAGE 1 of 2 - Requirements for a panel label

The first thing that you need to do is measure the front or label area of your panel and write it down. I called my sample "GeorgeCAD" drawn by hand on a blank sheet of paper.

GeorgeCAD of panel label

Next we need to transfer this to a printed image, there are many suitable packages available, I have used LibreOffice Draw in this guide, but you could also use Inkscape, OpenOffice etc.

panel label

For those not familiar with a drawing package, you can enable "snap" lines which you can use to align selections on your drawing, (you can see them as the dotted vertical and horizontal lines on the above image). When you are satisfied with your label drawing, print it out and test to see if it fits your physical panel and that you are happy with it.

Note: Check the alignment of any holes/cutouts.

Once you are satisfied with the panel label you have created, it's time to laminate it. I have an A3 laminator but have included images of a cheap (~$US25) unit that could be purchased from an office supplies warehouse.

A cheap A4 laminator (approx$US25)

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  • At 21 May 2012, 16:37:05 user Pantelis wrote:   [reply @ Pantelis]
    • the 1st solution is very expensive, the second is the best, i sent an email to http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/content/Home to sent me the laminator Lowell 280 but the sait is in Australia and they cannot sent it to Greece ,what a pity!!!

  • At 21 May 2012, 13:28:12 user George wrote:   [reply @ George]
    • Standard laminators do not get hot enough for toner transfer, HOWEVER there are a few guides online that show how to modify "some" laminators for transfer method.Refer to pcbfx.com (they sell toner transfer products, and have some guides for modifying laminators, and also there is a mod guide on ultrakeet.com.au.




  • At 21 May 2012, 12:51:52 user Pantelis wrote:   [reply @ Pantelis]
    • Hi, very nice work, do you know if this laminator is suitable for using it as hot laminator that push the printed pcb laser paper to the pcb, because the method with the uv lamps and photo resisted pcb is expensive for me

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