Patent Number: 6,169,932

Title: Automated production of instrument faces and instruments

Abstract: A method of producing an instrument face having functional indicia thereon (such as a clock face dial, thermometer face, etc.), allows-high quality, multicolor instrument faces to be produced in a cost effective manner even for small runs (e.g. 1-500 units). The instrument face is created in a computer in electronic format, and the computer transmits electronic signals to a color photocopier, to control it to print the instrument face on a sheet of paper. The sheet of paper may be laminated to a more rigid sheet, e.g. styrene, cardboard, acrylic or plexiglass, and then an instrument face of the appropriate geometric shape and size is cut from the sheet material. The face is assembled with other functional components to produce an operable instrument. The cutting is preferably practiced automatically utilizing a laser cutter under the control of the computer. A scanner or CD ROM may be utilized for inputting data into the computer. A simplified version may be practiced by overlaying a transparency with instrument dial indicia on a color photograph, and color photocopying it, then laminating, cutting, and assembling it into an instrument.

Inventors: Nunes; Brendon G. (Ontario, CA)


International Classification: B44C 1/00 (20060101); B44C 1/10 (20060101); G04B 19/06 (20060101); G04B 19/10 (20060101); G06F 019/00 (); G03G 013/01 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018