Front panels can cost a lot. As an alternative I had a theory that I put to the test this week, and it worked out well. The theory was that for home-built projects, surely trophy/jewellery type engraving could be used for labels.
It turns out that it can be done on enclosures in most high streets/malls as a same-day service - just using the engraving services of a key cutting or jewellers store : )
In the UK, the chain 'Timpson' was used here, on (these Hammond aluminium enclosures are really great - simple, with a nice finish):
It was very efficient. I just told them the text I wanted and where, just written on a piece of paper along with a quick 30-second pencil sketch.
They figured out how to center it, the font size, etc., based on their experience with their tools.
I think they did an awesome job!! I'll be going back to Timpson for future projects.