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hway23



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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 1:28 pm    Post subject: Front panel sticker? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Is there such a thing as a printable transparent sticker I could use for my FP's? I can't seem to find anything like this.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Front panel sticker? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

hway23 wrote:
Is there such a thing as a printable transparent sticker I could use for my FP's? I can't seem to find anything like this.


Some people just use transparency paper, print in reverse, and then use spray on adhesive to secure the paper print-side down onto one's panel.

There also is a product called lazer-tran, and a great description online of how to use it in respect to fp (try googling lazertran diy synth). It's basically a water-slide decal, which can also be placed print side down and more/less baked onto alluminum for a screen-print look.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

try google
A4 inkjet clear
or whatever paper size and printer to suit
(assuming you are using an inkjet printer)
here's an example
http://www.papilio.com/hewlett%20packard%20clear%20adhesive%20poly%20film.html

Check out zthee's panels in the 2009 build thread for successful use of lazertran (never worked for me)

I have done a lot of panels with clear stick-on labels printed with an inkjet. It is easy to rub off the ink, or if it gets wet the ink will smear. So it is prudent to place a protective layer of clear contact over the top.

Some of my panels are
here and a short description of the process
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

andrewF wrote:
try google
A4 inkjet clear
or whatever paper size and printer to suit


Ah HA! Very Happy I knew it must exist.
I'm gonna buy a five pack off ebay.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I use self adhesive inkjet printable vinyl. Got a batch from ebay and works quite well.

Take a look at my bytes2bits link in my sig - used the vinyl on my Modessey modular.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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I use self adhesive inkjet printable vinyl. Got a batch from ebay and works quite well.


Very cool!! Can you comment on what brand/finish you used? Do you have any close-up pictures?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

AndyR1960 wrote:
I use self adhesive inkjet printable vinyl. Got a batch from ebay and works quite well.

Take a look at my bytes2bits link in my sig - used the vinyl on my Modessey modular.


Very cool indeed! I like the 2600 influence.

Btw, does coloring the whole panel work out well? Or should I just leave it clear?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I have no idea what brand the vinyl is - just generic I suppose. Look up Vendettasupplies (ebay shop), that's what I use.

You need to print using a water based pigment - I use my trusty Epson D88 with DuraBrite ink. Set preferences as plain paper and normal (not high) photo output.

The vinyl is white, so you can print whatever colours you want - I've only found one problem, and that's air bubbles getting trapped when the label is applied.

Andy


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I ordered ten sheets. Pretty cheap! I have several projects I want to finish and don't have time to silkscreen. Any tips on keeping the airbubbles out?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi Andy, do you use the magic vinyl application method, i use 3mm aluminium road sign (off cuts) , put some cold water into the sink add a small bit of washing up liquid and soapy sponge the sticky side of the vinyl, de-activating the adhesive for as long as its wet, once alligned use a rubber wheel ( old couch castor) to take out big bubbles then left over night to stick, .

still a few micro bubbles on my fatman reworking but ya have to squint close......

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This stuff sorta works

http://www.officedepot.com/catalog/search.do?fkey=YKDnpa53IL__KFQMP9gDIuT&Ntt=212881

I can't find it but I know they have "adhesive" clear window decal and not just static cling paper. It's a few bucks more. The last time I went to Office Depot the only kind they had was static cling. It doesn't stick to the aluminum too well. I'm sure plexi-glass work better. I wouldn't use it for anything professional though...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Anybody try Lazertran foil? It looks interesting. Problem is that it is featured on their web site, but it's not available from their store. It seems to be a Europe-only thing, for whatever reason.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: Front panel sticker? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

hway23 wrote:
Is there such a thing as a printable transparent sticker I could use for my FP's? I can't seem to find anything like this.

I blogged a summary of using a Brother P-Touch label maker for front-panels here.http://buzzville.typepad.com/oldmanfury/
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

hey, has anyone tried this product?

http://www.texascraft.com/hps/product.php?productid=17532&cat=256&page=1

It looks kind of like the lazertran stuff but it can actually be used with a laser printer instead of an inkjet. Also, how durable is it?
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

CJ Miller wrote:
Anybody try Lazertran foil?

There was a Lazertran thread on Muff's recently:
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/topic-20879.html&highlight=
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

sorry to bring up an old post, i was wandering about this matter and bought the waterslide decals, i found out by mistake a material called Lazertran?
what is the difference between the waterslide decals and the Lazertran?
if there are any..

i see here that you can put the Lazertran in the oven?
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/topic-20879-0-0.html

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I've since stopped using the printable Vinyl... Over time, the black fades to a messy brown colour Rolling Eyes

I now do my panels by colour laser print then encapsulation - great results, tough finish and I can get prints up to A2... BIG panels Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thank you for your reply.

May I ask on what matirial you print on?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

What do mean/how do you do the encapsulation with the laser printed graphics? Sounds like it might be what 'm looking to do...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I use Adobe Illustrator for the artwork, then take the file to my local copy shop where they print onto standard laser paper. They then encapsulate the paper (laminate it on both sides with plastic).

I then roughly cut around each printed panel, punch holes where required, then use double sided tape to fix the graphic to the pre-drilled alu panel and finally trim the graphic.

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Pics are in reverse order Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thank you Andy.
The panels is looking great, the only problem I have with laminate that it's shiny.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

You can get Matte lamination, but in my case the black didn't look as deep. The gloss finish isn't so bad Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Really!?!?!? Shocked
I thought it comes only as glossy Embarassed
I will look for that for sure!
Hows the adobe illustrator? Is it easy (friendly) to work with?

Thank you Andy Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Looks really nice Andy! Have you tried using the laminate 'clear' over the panel with just text and such? I have some textured aluminum that looks nice but I need to put text and such on it.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

What do you use to punch holes that big? The hole punches I'm familiar with only do the size needed for ring binders.

That's a pretty nifty technique, I will have to try it. I have a cool-process laminator that doesn't get a lot of use.

Do you just use the single piece of double sided? I know that the pots and things will help hold the piece in place, but I'd worry about floppy edges....
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