How to Make
By Gordon McComb
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Want to make your projects stand
out? Create colorful control panels
for them! Armed only with your
color inkjet or laser printer and a
copy of the free Inkscape program,
you can easily create your own
graphical panels in minutes. Stick
or glue the printed sheet onto the
panel — aluminum, plastic, wood,
you name it — then cut and drill for
the control components. Your
finished panels can have the look
of a professional, at a price that
won't break your budget.
This is the final installment on making
inexpensive but high quality control panels and
enclosures. Last time around, I showed how to use
Inkscape — a free and open source vector graphics
program to design the control panel artwork. The
graphics are produced 1:1, meaning a 1/4" circle
produced in Inkscape produces a 1/4" circle when
printed. Elements of the control panel are
produced using simple graphical shapes, such as
lines, circles, squares, and text.
This time, we'll finish the discussion by detailing
the ways you can print your completed graphics
and transfer them to the metal, wood, plastic, or
whatever control panel material you are using.