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  • A rabbit cut around the outside edge of panel

    I am new to your tool and cannot figure out how to add a rabbit cut around the outside edge of the panel. This is needed to allow the front panel to slide into a slot on the rack assembly. The rabbit is about 1.27mm deep and 1.27mm wide.

    Posted By: Larry Grandstaff on Feb 04, 2011 08:54PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • A rabbit cut around the outside edge of panel

    I am new to your tool and cannot figure out how to add a rabbit cut around the outside edge of the panel. This is needed to allow the front panel to slide into a slot on the rack assembly. The rabbit is about 1.27mm deep and 1.27mm wide.

    Posted By: Larry Grandstaff on Feb 04, 2011 07:55PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Feature Request - Reference Layer

    Hi all,

     

    I'm constantly moving panel features around in order to ensure that there are no part collisions.

     

    It would be really helpful to have a non-mechanical reference layer to use as design guides when placing panel components. In PCB-land, these are many times called a 'keepout' layers, or 'keepout tracks'.

     

    Such a layer would be extremely useful when placing parts from my now extensive macro library. Each part in the library could include reference features to indicate minimum spacing or other placement requirements.

     

    As it stands now, I temporarily add engraving features like display bezels and connector flanges only to delete them later before machining.

     

    Also, I have the desire to leave notes in design files for changes that I would like to make to the _next_ version.

     

    So in a nutshell: Be able to place or specify features that are not to be included in machining, but are included and saved in the design file and macro parts.

     

    Thanks...

    Posted By: Chris Knudsen on Jan 24, 2011 11:15PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Cntrl + / - & wishes

    I have a long list of wishes but here are a few.

     

    I have to switch between AutoCAD and FPD and keeping the hotkeys straight is mind numbing! my first wish is to add Control + and - for zoom in and out functions. would make life a lot easier.

     

    being able to design in AutoCAD and import into FPD is major. that would save many many hours!

     

    a Bigger stock symbol libray is a must. even just some basics like fuseholders, IEC connectors, duplex outlets, vent hole patterns, etc.

     

    The ability to array objects. select an object, and tell FPD how far apart to space them etc.

    Posted By: Dave Meyers on Jan 09, 2011 04:10PM Category: Whishes

  • New to FPE and fisrt question

    Hi,

     

    I'm new to FPE although I have been "playing" with the software a little bit in the past. I purchased a commercial preamplifier with a FPE chassis and like it very much. I intend to build several chassises to match it.

     

    My first question is: I want to thread a switch on the front panel. The switch has a 1/4-40 bushing thread. Am I right to assume that since it will be mounted from the inside on the frontpanel I should use a #4-40 threaded hole placed on the reverse side?

     

    Thanks,

     

    Xavier

     

    ps. PB, if you read this you know what commercial product I'm referring to!

     

     

    Posted By: Xavier Cortes on Jan 07, 2011 05:13PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Irregular Panel Shape

    Hi,

     

    How do I design a rectangular panel (5"x24") with a (2" radius) semi-circular cutout on the bottom middle edge?

     

    The panel replaces a boat dash panel. The cutout is needed to clear the steering column.

     

    Thanks.

    Posted By: Keith Bigger on Jan 05, 2011 04:51PM Category: Front Panel Designer

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