panel template guide
Need to Replicate the Shape of an Old Panel?
We can duplicate your old shape for a form-fit-function replacement switch panel, or make upgrades to your spec!
Here’s some tips and tricks to make sure your project is a successful one!
step 1: Three Template Options:
- Match Mounting Holes
- Match Gauge/Switch Holes
- Precision Guarantee
- Design Speed
- Lake Time
Step 2: Three levels of precision
We want your panel to fit… but we don’t want to inflate your costs with a bunch of unnecessary labor. The difference between a 1/8″ and 3/16″ duplication accuracy can mean several hours of labor, and often recutting the panel a few times.
Let us know how accurate it needs to be from our levels of precision above prior to quoting.
step 3: tracing tips for an accurate and timely design
Line quality is essential for our design team to design your panel as close to the traced template as possible. We recommend using either a ballpoint pen (red is best, but any color works) or a FINE TIP Sharpie when tracing your panel. Thick lines, like from a Sharpie Marker, prevents our design team from getting a suitable design as it is hard to tell where the true edge of the panel is.
To avoid any unnecessary delay in the design and fabrication process we recommend using a 24-pound white paper stock (similar weight to printer paper), this type of paper works best for our scanners and avoids scanning errors.
However, we are not limited to this material and you can use other materials for tracing. Please see our acceptable materials tab for acceptable materials for your tracing.
The following are materials that we can accept. However, depending on the thickness of the following materials design time may take a bit longer than normal.
- Poster Board
- Tracing Paper
- Any paper stock
- Foam Board
- Wood (linoleum, plywood, etc.)
The following are materials we cannot accept as we are unable to get a good scan or photo for the design of your template.
Tin foil and any metallic material.
Metallic materials we are unable to scan due to the thickness and the reflective properties of the material type makes it very difficult to capture a good photo to use for design.
We understand some situations make it hard to get a traced template without cutting the parameter and/or holes, but if you can avoid doing so we recommend not cutting the tracing as this can make it difficult for our design team to get a suitable design for you. To ensure the panel shape and size matches the provided template we conduct a quality check during the fabrication process where we cut a cardboard template of the designed panel and compare it to the provided panel template.
To ensure an accurate design we will need the most accurate tracing possible (unless a physical panel is being sent in). We request that you not send in multiple pieces of tracing paper for a single panel. We can work with a multi-piece tracing if necessary but it reduces the accuracy of the design. In cases like this, we recommend printing the proof out (our proofs are designed to full scale) and checking it to your dash or panel to ensure the accuracy.