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Front Panel Cloning
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minime123
We got a rack mount unit missing its front panel, along with a brand new front panel from an unassembled unit. We would like to clone the new panel so we have front panels for both units.
the folks at front panel express say they can print a pdf or jpeg image of the other front panel onto a new panel we've designed using front panel designer, and recommend either scanning or photographing the original. they said adding the image would probably cost approximately $30-40 or so.
can anyone recommend a cost-effective way to get the image perfect, without glare, etc? are there inexpensive scanners that can be used?
finally, is there a company that we could send the original panel to and just let them clone it for us, cuts, graphics and all (who would do it for a reasonable price)?
thanks
mini
ignatius
you can just lay the panel onto a scanner and scan it. if you don't have a scanner go to kinkos or whatever and try scanning it a few diferent ways.

edit: unless it's huge! then i guess you need to take a photo in a careful, way w/good lighting etc.
minime123
we just have a standard scanner/printer over here, and our tech has one as well, but it's not wide enough. will the light from a standard scanner cause problems with a reflective metal front panel? finally, we would like to do this sort of thing more often, so if anyone has any good recommendations for a large scanner that's not too pricey, we would love to hear about it.
thanks again!
mini
ignatius
i don't think it's an issue but there may be settings you tweak for metal things.. i've seen several eurorack panels of various shades get scanned perfectly w/o any trouble.

if glossy photos don't cause a problem metal should be fine.. but ymmv and just try it and see how it goes. there are places w/big scanners.. i do think kinkos has some large ones
synthetek
The best way would be to scan the panel and then import the scanned image into a vector drawing program like illustrator or Corel Draw, Inkscape etc... Then you could resize it to make sure the dimensions are correct and then use that as a template to recreate the text and stuff. If you sent them a scan of the whole panel and have them print it on a new panel its going to print the background and everything.
av500
you can do several scans and then compose a larger image, that's how I made full size scans of the TTSH PCB and panel
minime123
synthetek wrote:
The best way would be to scan the panel and then import the scanned image into a vector drawing program like illustrator or Corel Draw, Inkscape etc... Then you could resize it to make sure the dimensions are correct and then use that as a template to recreate the text and stuff. If you sent them a scan of the whole panel and have them print it on a new panel its going to print the background and everything.


we wouldnt want to try to recreate the text as its a vintage piece and im not sure a matching font is available, plus we want it to be as low-fuss as possible. couldn't we just use the scan itself? all holes will be mapped out using their program. ideally, however, we would just hopefully be able to send the panel to someone and have them take care of the whole process. is there anywhere that does that?
thanks
mini
julian
As mentioned above, it does not matter how large your scanner is - just scan half the panel, shift it on the bed, and scan the other half.

Once its digitised, even the most novice of software users would be able to join the two halves together.


Note - none of this will get you a true "restoration" job though. It will get you a better result than printing to a sticker and putting it over the damaged panel, but, if the job is for a high value vintage restoration / resale, then FPDs digital print will be clearly out of place.
ndkent
Flatbed will beat a camera. Find out what DPI that your vendor wants. Make a document on photoshop or similar the size of the part and then position the scan or scans assuming more than one is needed. If the design goes to the edge you'd want to check with the vendor or the reproduced design might stop short. Chances are the metal color will scan as a color, you'd want that made white. Check bits aren't slightly off white or the process may emphasize them into blotches of color. Probably worth retouching your blacks to black
minime123
nick, julian and everyone else, thanks so much for the input!
mini
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