So when I was building the home-heating controller (as described here), I decided to finish it off with a laser-cut face-plate.
I had initially stuck a couple of sticky labels on it with hand-written text, but the family were not impressed. So, I asked for suggestions on the internet. Great Idea, I thought to myself, they’ll come up with something really clever. Well, one suggestion caught my eye (Thanks a lot, John), and I even did a mock up of it in the comments section of the article.
Last Thursday I was in my usual meetup on the local FabLab, and I decided to turn the mock up into a reality.
So I fired up my copy of Adobe Illustrator CS2 (the old, free one, it’s perfectly good for this kind of thing) and did up the design.
After a trial run with some 5mm MDF on the Trotec laser engraver/cutter, I cut the face-plate. I didn’t want to get this wrong, as the my local Woodies DIY charge €7.99 for each one. Thank’s to Ger Walsh’s expertise on the Laser, we got it perfect first time. It tool a couple of passes for the engraving, but we could inspect the result after each pass without moving the part.
Here’s the end result, after I coloured in the engraved sections with permanent marker, and cleaned of the excess with Isopropyl Alcohol:
Quite a bit more professional than the previous effort, which had been in place in my house for a month at this stage.
And here’s the face-plate in it’s final location, with the switches mounted, etc.
Even the family think it’s an improvement. 🙂
So I’m happy.
Oh, and the DIY heating system is working a treat. 🙂