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Laser Transfer for Front Panels
« on: July 24, 2012, 04:24:51 PM »
A few years back, I figured out how to make front panels by heat transferring laser toner from laser transparencies. Here's the result on a few projects that came out fairly well. I tend to include the drill guide in the printout and I use a drill press and a centerpunch to line up the bit for accurate drilling.

« Last Edit: July 24, 2012, 04:37:44 PM by glorymorris »


Re: Laser Transfer for Front Panels
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 04:45:58 PM »
cool, this is something i've been toying with for some time, never got the best results though.... :(
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Re: Laser Transfer for Front Panels
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 04:49:11 PM »
The trick is getting the iron to just the right temperature. Trial and error is sometimes the only way, but I find it's somewhere in the polyester area. I have a sharpy mark on my iron to note where it is. Also, it takes a lot of pressure and a little bit of time. I also fill a ziplock with ice cubes and I shock the metal/transfer cold when I'm satisfied I've got the toner onto the metal. Like many of these methods in the forum, they're not really time efficient, but for one-offs it works quite well.

Re: Laser Transfer for Front Panels
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 04:58:37 PM »
I've heard of people modifying their printers so that the heat roller is off. Apparently, this works incredibly well. I haven't done it yet, but I plan to try it soon.


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