Hello, I'm totally new to FPD, I've been working on a front panel for a 3U 19" rack enclosure which is actually pretty easy. However I'm pretty lost on how to design the rest of the enclosure. The manual helps a little, I think I can use either of the housing enclosures, right? I've downloaded the templates but I don't understand how to scale them to the size I need.
Anything to get me on the right path would be appreciated, I'm sure I'll have more questions. Thanks
Posted By: nateflanigan on Jun 13, 2014 11:49PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Posted By: nateflanigan on Jun 17, 2014 01:28PMReply
Ops, the email notification got lost. Sorry for my late response.
The design of an enclosure can be very complex depending on your application. It is easy to miss a detail. Therefore, we always check if our customer's design make a box that fits together. We also give support during the design process. I suggest you email us what you have so far and give us the overall dimensions. Our customer service will be more than happy to walk you through the steps, answer all your question and give you design tips.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Jun 19, 2014 10:45PMReply
Thanks Diane, I'll do that now.
Posted By: nateflanigan on Jun 21, 2014 02:24PMReply
My questions concerns macro objects.
I would like to create a temporary place holder or box around a macro object ( drill holes in this case) that represents the dimensions of the physical item that’s going to be bolted into the holes. I was thinking of using the cavity command (which I haven’t used yet) to do this. Of course I would want to delete this box before ordering. I guess I would use the ungroup command to do this since the box would be integral to the macro object.
My questions is, is their an easier way to create this placeholder or a more logical way to implement what I’m trying to do?.
Posted By: etch11 on May 01, 2014 11:44PM Category: Front Panel Designer
A better way to do this would be using an additional layer. A design layer that is not included in machining of the part. However, we haven't implemented such a layer yet.
In the meantime you can improvise with engravings or any other objects. Please keep in mind that everything you add to your panel will be machined and any placeholders need to be removed prior to ordering.
I am sorry for the inconvenience. Your input is highly appreciated and will help us to improve our software.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on May 15, 2014 01:41AMReply
newb here.. so please excuse me if this question has been answered somewhere else already. I did a search and it turned up nothing.
Does this software have a ruler?. A ruler that you can stretch from one point to another and see the relative distance.
Is adding and subtracting coordinates the only way to check your work?.
Posted By: etch11 on Apr 30, 2014 12:25AM Category: Front Panel Designer
There is no ruler in the current version. It is highly demanded and we will add it in the following updates.
Here is how I like to check distances:
- Place the origin on the reference location. To do so, click on the origin in the tool bar and choose one of the five snap options available in the snap tool bar. You can also use the number block of your keyboard to snap onto an edge of your front panel. 7 stands for top/left, 6 for center/right, 5 for center etc.
- Once you have the origin in the reference location click on the object you would like to know the distance to. You can read the distance (coordinates) in the object properties side window (activate in 'View')
I hope that helps until we will have a ruler available in Front Panel Designer.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on May 01, 2014 03:07AMReply
Posted By: etch11 on May 01, 2014 11:11PMReply
do the side and/or housing profiles come in different colors, in particular, medium bronze, thanks.
Posted By: MontanaWay on Apr 24, 2014 08:15PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Is there a way to add guidelines to a project?
Posted By: acidblue on Apr 17, 2014 02:03AM Category: Front Panel Designer