Can You Etch It – Data acquisition front panel

Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today I am working on the front panel of a data acquisition system.

Laser engraving is well suited for industrial labeling.  Anodized aluminum and painted metals are available in a variety of sizes and can be cut in a variety of sizes and shapes.  The result is accurately positioned text and numbers, mounting holes locations, and a label that will last for years.  The flexibility of laser engraving allows for custom designs and faster production as well as lower costs for smaller quantities, compared to screen or pad printing.  The resulting labels are more durable as well.

Why a front panel for a data acquisition system?

This is the second version of a system that is designed to analyze environmental testing samples with the aid of custom software.  The layout of the front panel needs to be durable and easy to manufacture, with accurate layout marks and labels.  The first version was very much a prototype and many improvements were made to get to this version.  The next version will again be an improvement in both design and features.

Here is a video of the front panel being engraved by the laser.  The design took approximately 5 minutes to finish.  The video is played back at a little over 4x normal speed and lasts about a minute and a half.

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Can You Etch It Roundup

For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: industrial labeling, a baseballa Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick. Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.

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Have a great weekend.

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