When I enetr a thru hole, regardless of size, the depth dialog sub-box is grayed out with a 1.27 depth dimension. So while the pictorial cleary shows that I am creating a thru hole, this does leave me with a bit of angst. Especially as I am a new user. Would perhaps be nice, for clarity and completesness, if the "insert drill hole" clearly specified "thru hole" per selection.
Posted By: kschelkle on Apr 24, 2013 01:58AM Category: Front Panel Designer
A thru hole is a thru hole no matter what is grayed out. However, I'm with you. It would make me nervous as well.
This dialog window remembers your last settings. For instance, check "blind hole". This will make "depth" available. Now enter 0 and uncheck "blind hole". Close the dialog and reopen it. You see the depth is now 0.
It can be very handy to have the last settings remembered instead of set back to default. A grayed out box has no impact, always go with the preview.
I hope this makes sense.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Apr 24, 2013 07:27PMReply
Thank you Diane. Your response was quite clear and helpful.
Posted By: kschelkle on Apr 25, 2013 04:17PMReply
Import logo as dxf or plt files to engrave it, however it doesn't appear in preview window.
What is wrong?
Posted By: victors on Apr 23, 2013 06:34PM Category: Front Panel Designer
There might be an issue with the processing of your data during the import. I would need to see the file to find out what is wrong. Can you please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org?
I am sorry for the inconvenience.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Apr 24, 2013 07:30PMReply
Doing an amplifier chassis out of 2.5mm anodized/chromated stock and want to make it a "U" shaped piece with bends for the front and back panels. I know chromium is brittle - how about the coating you use?
Looking at a rounded 90 at the rear and a sloped panel up front.
Also wondering about milling the inside thickness down at the bend points? I've done it with a carbide flat bit in a router with many many passes just shaving the metal, but wondering if there's a better way. I figure around a quarter inch wide and half the thickness the full width of the chassis plate should make it possible to clamp the panel and bend it by hand.
Posted By: sKiZoo on Apr 22, 2013 05:27AM Category: Production
The chromated finish is always on the back of the part (if not requested otherwise.) The chromated side is conductive, making it suitable for EMC applications.
I don't see a problem with bending it since it is on the back. However, the anodization on the front will crack most likely. We can send you some material samples if you like.
And there is always the possibility of machining customer supplied material. You can buy off-the-shelf u-shaped parts from many suppliers for reasonable money and have us do the machining. Just a thought.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Apr 24, 2013 08:08PMReply
We are looking for an alternative to in house services in my group. I am wondering then if, as it sounds above if you can provide a panel anodized on front and chromated on back and infilled engraving on both sides.
Posted By: Robert Mueller on Jul 08, 2016 10:10PMReply
Thank you for contacting us with your inquiry and we are happy that you reached out to us as a possible new supplier for your group.
We offer anodized material as well as anodized material with chromated backsides that you can get engravings infilled on both sides as well. One thing we should mention is that we cannot guarantee a totally scratch free backside due to our production process and material handling so slight surface scratches might exist on the backside. Just download our free Front Panel Designer software to design your panels and let us know if you need any design assistance.
Please don't hesitate to contact our customer service in case you have more questions.
Posted By: Fabian on Jul 09, 2016 02:13AMReply
I'm designing an enclosure and was wondering if it is possible to have a rectangle which also includes text in the geometry. Much like this:
...with "INPUT" being the "title" of everything included in the box.
I guess it could be done with separate engraving lines (i.e. 5 lines and a text engraving), but I was wondering if there's an easier way.
Thanks in advance!
Posted By: S_Prime on Mar 22, 2013 05:21PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You can design it with separate engraving lines or you can prepare all engravings in a graphic program such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw and import it as a plt file.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Mar 22, 2013 06:06PMReply
Thanks for the prompt reply, Diane.
I think it'll be faster to just use separate engraving lines, add text and then group everything together.
Trouble starts when you have to resize the box. :D
Posted By: S_Prime on Mar 22, 2013 08:00PMReply
I have 2 complimentary L-shaped parts. Is it allowable to submit them as a single "panel" separated by a cut? If so is the correct way of doing this using elongated shapes made with the hole tool?
Posted By: ecurtz on Mar 18, 2013 07:31PM Category: Production
here is a link to an old post. It has combined parts as well.
Just give the L-shaped parts enough stability to not collapse during milling. I recommend a short "connector" of 10mm length all 120mm along the perimeter.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Mar 19, 2013 02:04AMReply
I am trying to import the Hypex Ncore logo into FPD as a cavity, but it does noet work. Could it be because they are seperate cutouts in one file???
Posted By: ds23man on Mar 09, 2013 08:01PM Category: Front Panel Designer
There could be several reasons. The best way for us to help you with a logo import would be sending the files to us (email@example.com)
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Mar 11, 2013 05:55PMReply
I am trying to import the Hypex NCore logo that was created by a member of DIY Audio. I have tried importing but it doe snot import correctly.
Was any resolution found to this?
Posted By: Harbord on Mar 25, 2013 06:34PMReply
I did it:
Posted By: ds23man on Mar 26, 2013 07:58AMReply
I am glad it worked for you.
My Dutch is very limited so I couldn't understand the post you linked to.
Please use the Front Panel Designer installation of our sister company in Germany whenever you get ready to order your design. Schaeffer-AG Download
This way your order from the Netherlands goes directly to Schaeffer in Germany and will not have to take the detour over our server in the US.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Mar 26, 2013 07:27PMReply
The main problem with importing dxf files is problems with failure warnings about "not closed contours". If you encounter this problem you can try a simple detour:
1. Import the dxf file in Corel draw and export it to a Hpgl file ( .plt)
2. Import this in FPD as an engraving object.
3. Export the FPD design as a DXF file
4. Import this file into QCad and remove the panel outline
5. Save this as a R12 DXF file.
6. Import this file as a contour in FPD.
Posted By: ds23man on Mar 28, 2013 06:49PMReply
I placed a test order with Front Panel Express. Their customer service asked me to change the Logo so that it had "Centre Contours" and import as a HPGL. - This approach has gone nowhere!
I have just spent the afternoon, editing the logo on Corel Draw to remove the contours, then I went through the process you described above.
I am now able to import the logo a free contour in FPD - However I seem to have some scaling issues.
Is there any way that you can post a working FPD Ncore logo in the DIY Audio Forums?
Posted By: Harbord on Apr 07, 2013 06:55AMReply