A recent thread on printing on odd surfaces reminded me to ask this for my
I could use a way to rapid prototype small (3x1 inch) equipment panels at
minumum cost and maximum ease - the problem is to put a legend on an
existing substrate (which may be plastic or aluminium or steel).
 Stick-on foil is OK, printing directly is OK, substrate's original
finish does not need to be preserved - it merely provides rigidity and
method of fixing to case.
I came across this stuff, though it seems to not be available in the UK, but
could be got from other parts of the EU (which is acceptable).
However, given I have access to a Canon inkjet with a DVD carrier tray, I
was wondering if there was another way. Thinking:
Take panel (which is about 1/16" thick - similar to a DVD), spray on a
suitable slightly porous primer, fix to DVD tray with double sided tape and
Any thoughts, (especially as to the primer) or another way to do it? Cost is
of the essence and the prototyping nature of the work means that sending
off to a pro is not very practical as the design is being modified often...
Not sure exactly what your required end finish is. On a recent VSS  project
I used printed circuit board to replace the front and rear panels on a
commercial instrument case, as that way the routing and hole drilling was
uniform and completed by the pcb-fab's NC machinery. For the labelling I
laser-printed onto Scotchmark adhesive-backed film and attached that to the PCB
panels. Don't know the Scotchmark part# unfortunately - my distributor only
carries one with the silver finish that I use.