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Another option is to find someone with a CRICUT (vinyl cutter) and have
them cut you out transferable vinyl.

Your inkscape file should put out SVG / PNG which are input files to the
CRICUT design software.

Giant Mike

On Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 9:17 AM Jeff Hubbs via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:

> That is my last resort. Many DIYs already queued up.
>
> On 12/16/19 6:53 AM, Jim Kinney wrote:
>
> Have you looked at doing silk screen yourself? From a million years ago
> making custom tshirts: screen fabric in a frame, paint photo resist, expose
> pattern, wash out, place on object, squeegee ink through screen.
>
> On December 16, 2019 6:34:39 AM EST, Jeff Hubbs via Ale <ale at ale.org>
> <ale at ale.org> wrote:
>>
>> On 12/15/19 10:28 PM, David Ritchie via Ale wrote:
>>
>> You can try decal sheets that use a inkjet printer + clear krylon paint.
>>
>> My hope was to have white markings on a black surface, which decal sheets
>> can't help you with. If I made the panel white or light gray, the edges of
>> the decal paper would still show and I'm hoping to avoid any "Doc Brown"
>> appearance if I can. :)
>>
>>
>>    At that price frontpanelexpress.com may be a better option.
>>
>> Says they can't do steel. I sent a message to see if that's still the
>> case if all I need done are panel markings, not cutting. They can take .dxf
>> files, which Inkscape will export and in fact that's how the new holes were
>> made in a waterjet cutter.
>>
>>
>>
>> ? David
>>
>> On Sun, Dec 15, 2019 at 20:50 Jeff Hubbs via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:
>>
>>> Reaching out to the nerd hive-mind here...
>>>
>>> I have a control panel - 19"x5-1/4" (3U), steel, will be painted black
>>> crinkle - that I'd like to get text and markings onto. I have the
>>> complete design already worked up in Inkscape. It's not super-intricate
>>> and I only want to do one color - white.
>>>
>>> I sent my design to a place I found here in the metro and they want
>>> $210, $85 of which is the "prep" charge that's non-recurring which does
>>> me fat lot of good because I've only got one piece and that's all I'll
>>> ever have. I'm willing to pay, but $210 is more than I'd had in mind. So
>>> I was wondering if any of you have a line on anyone from whom I might be
>>> able to get a different estimate. Alternatively, would any of you
>>> suggest I give it a go myself? It wouldn't be the worst thing in the
>>> world if I tried and screwed it up because the panel can always just go
>>> back on the belt sander and I'd be back at square one. :)
>>>
>>> - Jeff
>>>
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