I have a couple of panel mounted (single 5/8 in hole) antenna connectors which I would like to be electrically connected to the aluminum panel.
Is it possible mask off anodizing at specific small areas on the rear of the panel?
Posted By: Anthony Gainsborough on Jul 09, 2017 08:54PM Category: Front Panel Designer
If you want conductivity I would suggest you choose our anodized/chromated material which is chromated on the backside. Or you can choose to have cavities machined in the areas you need the anodization removed on the backside with our natural anodized material.
Posted By: Adrian on Jul 12, 2017 12:09AMReply
I'm unable to get Front Panel Designer to start on Kubuntu 16.10 Front Panel Designer appears to be dependent on libpng12, which is a rather old version, so it fails to start. libpng16 is the current version. Anyone know a workaround? Can Front Panel Designer be recompiled so it will work with the current version of libpng?
Posted By: Stan Gammons on Jun 17, 2017 10:26PM Category: Front Panel Designer
A possible workaround would be to install libpng12.
For 'libpng12' ubuntu suggest to install
libpng12 from the 'xenial' repository which refers to (K)ubuntu 16.04
This link will help with explanation:
We will look for a better solution regarding libpng12 / libpng12 in the
Respond back to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions.
Posted By: Adrian on Jun 23, 2017 06:41PMReply
This is also true for Debian Stretch (stable). I think I can hack a workaround, but adding support for libpng>12 would be great!. I love your product/services by the way.
Posted By: Gene Hilton on Feb 02, 2018 04:25PMReply
I am producing a panel that uses standard Schroff IEC 60297 style hardware. I have attached a file illustrating the hole I wish to specify in Front Panel Designer. Please help. Thank you.
Attached File: Hole_Specification.png
Posted By: Craig Drennan on Jun 13, 2017 06:05PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You can either use the 'insert system holes' tool in the toolbar or you can design the cutouts using the rectangular cutout tool and inputting the dimensions and corner radius you need.
Posted By: Adrian on Jun 13, 2017 06:25PMReply
I'd like to create a cavity with an arbitrary shape. I see that you can create circles, rectangles, circles-in-rectangles, etc. I'd like to import a dxf and use that as the cavity. This obvious feature appears missing from the software.
I searched on the forum and found one Customer Service Rep who said it can be done, here:
...but there are no details about how to import dxf and "specify it should be a cavity". Do we import dxf as a cutout and then specify in the notes section when we order that that should be a cavity instead of a cutout? If so, how do we tell the human operator which cutout we are talking about (if there are several)?
Posted By: David on Jun 11, 2017 06:57AM Category: Front Panel Designer
When you click on the 'insert free contour' tool in the toolbar the popup window will give you the option to mill as cavity. Just check the 'as cavity' option in the popup window and then you can set the depth of the cavity.
Let us know if you have any other questions.
Posted By: Adrian on Jun 13, 2017 06:19PMReply
I would like to create a slightly non rectangular front panel shape. I've been looking into hand editing a .DXF, but haven't found any easy to follow examples. Could someone help me or suggest another way ?
Posted By: Gerrit Slavenburg on Jun 04, 2017 09:42PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Email us the .dxf file you have and we will try to help you.
Posted By: Adrian on Jun 05, 2017 07:26PMReply
I don't have a .dxf file - I was trying to find something simple to start from and use a text editor to get the right panel shape. The shape I need is almost rectangular, but slightly tapered at top. Base is 254 mm. Height 79 mm. The first 30mm of the sides go straight up, the remainder goes to the top and 2.5mm to the right, so that top edge of panel ends up being 249mm.
I tried attaching a .pdf with a sketch, but don't see it. Hopefully the description is good enough!
Posted By: Gerrit on Jun 06, 2017 08:06PMReply
Send me the sketch as an attachment to email@example.com and I will try to import it into our software.
Posted By: Adrian on Jun 08, 2017 01:58AMReply
Can someone help me figure out how to convert one of the attached DWG or DXF files into a cutout pattern for front panel designer?
I need to make a cutout that covers up all the LEDs around the b***ons.
The DWG file is located on this web page https://www.crystalfontz.com/product/cfa533tmikc-alphanumeric-lcd-display-16x2-i2c#datasheets
Attached File: CFA533_Family_HW_v1.1_2D_CAD.dxf
Posted By: James Morton on May 25, 2017 03:26AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can respond back with the .dxf of the cutouts? It is much easier to correspond vs the forum.
Posted By: Adrian on May 25, 2017 11:53PMReply