[sdiy] Custom Membrane Panels?
Byron G. Jacquot
thescum at surfree.com
Sun May 19 04:00:42 CEST 2019
>I need to make a low volume (less than 100, maybe a lot less) panel for
>a project. Not the actual panel, a thing that sticks on it. But thicker
>than a sticker/decal. There are no switches on the panel, but it will
>have a see-through part for 7-segment LEDs and some text. That's it.
>This is a bit smaller than a business card overall. Anyone have any
>sources they can recommend? I mean, I can upload gerbers and get
>boards, upload STLs and get plastic stuff. Is there such a place for
>Even help with the terminology would be great at this point.
I think the process you're referring to is called reverse-printed Lexan (AKA polycarbonate).
Historically, it was done with screen printing (with per-color setup costs making small runs expensive), but I think there are commercial inkjet processes that can do it - more expensive per piece, but less setup.
Here are a couple sites with examples:
I have no experience with any on this list, this is just an example, not an endorsement.
I think most major cities will have a shop that does this.
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