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Old 9th May 2021, 7:09 am   #1
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Default UK Panel makers and printers.

Here's one to bookmark...came across this company on another forum which looks to be a very good solution for professional panels -

https://www.meface.co.uk/bespoke-ano...-front-panels/

Haven't tried them yet but will be definitely doing so. Here's the original thread -

https://groupdiy.com/threads/uk-fron...7/#post-989076

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Old 9th May 2021, 7:41 am   #2
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Default Re: UK Panel makers& printers.

Thanks for the link! That looks pretty useful.

They do need to be a bit careful, because they say "If you use Front Panel Designer software to draw your front panels, we are happy to work with your saved .fpd files! We will provide an independent quote. Just send us your file(s)"

But if you look at FPD's terms and conditions they say that you are expressly forbidden from using anyone other than them to produce panels using their software.

Of course, meface might have negotiated an exemption.

But since I produce front panel designs using LibreCAD and dxf format, that seems to be a preferred format.

Again thanks! Craig
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Old 10th May 2021, 5:39 am   #3
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Yep, doing the design on a PC is the only catch for me, I wonder if they take physical drawings. That said I really need to up my game as the panels I make whilst ok like that zing. Mind you it may be more economical in the long run to get a professional panel made, a hell of a lot of work goes into making a panel especially if all you have is a drill, files & spray paint.

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