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09-04-2005, 06:11 PM
How would I go about getting this image stamped into real light 'data plate' sheet metal?



[This message has been edited by Kansas_Farmer (edited 09-04-2005).]

09-04-2005, 09:07 PM
Have you thought about etched brass?

Otherwise, you might set up a cnc mill to mark the plate with an engraving tool.


Davis In SC
09-04-2005, 11:47 PM
Looks like a job to be Silk-Screen Printed. I have not been involved in this for many years..... Once the screen is made, subsequent parts a chaep to get printed...

09-05-2005, 12:33 PM
Dick Shuford of Pleasant Hill, La has been doing something very similiar to this, using the CNC router he built, and a elcheapo engraving tool. The color won't be there, but paint is optional with the right material.
David from jax

Have gun, will travel.

Paul Alciatore
09-05-2005, 01:06 PM
Depends a bit on quantity.

If this is a "one off" the easiest way may be to use regular letter and number stamps and a make shift guide. The lines could be done with large screwdrivers or pieces of scrap ground to the shape and size needed. The circle with a piece of tubing. I would leave an extra inch or two of metal around the outside until all the stamping is done to minimize edge distortions. Fill paint and fill the punches with a contrasting color.

If you are doing 100,000 plus, buy a press and have the dies professionally made.

Inbetween those numbers there are a variety of methods. I make a lot of faceplate/labels for use in areas where the hazards are limited (low abrasion and no liquids) and the lifetime only needs to be a few years. I just print them on adhesive paper and laminate them with clear plastic. Cut, peel, and paste. OTOH, I am presently looking at a commercial printing process for a product label. They use a plastic stock and laminate a clear overlay after printing. It looks very good and is economic for mediun to large quantities (a few hundred and up). But they would not be good in situations where fluids, solvents would be present.

Paul A.

Forrest Addy
09-05-2005, 03:27 PM
Give them the artwork and an engraving shop or a vinl sign shop can gove you the goods.

Green on white is a standard two color placard and label plastic any engraving shop is sure to have in stock.

The vinyl sign option is a bit more tricky but very doable. An inkjet on clay coated adhesive mylar stock is also an option.