At Front Panel Express, we understand how frustrating this can be. While we have a customer service department available to answer your questions and help when needed, sometimes it helps to see your panel in person before submitting the order. For this reason, Front Panel Designer provides the option to print a sample of your panel, on paper, at 100% of the size of your designed panel.
Our October Newsletter will show you how.
Printing a paper version of your panel is simple when you are designing a panel smaller than a standard sheet of paper. But our October Newsletter is geared toward our customers who are working with much larger panels, yet lack the luxury of a large plotter.
Begin by designing your panel in Front Panel Designer as usual. When finished, open the "Print" menu by selecting the icon at the top left of the screen, or pressing CONTROL + P.
Printer Settings Select the printer you would like to use and how many copies you'd like to print.
Size Set the scale to 100%.
Printing Options There are four options to choose from, of which you can select as many as you like:
To print a larger panel at a scale of 100%, you will need to select the "Tile Print" option. We suggest printing in wire mode for the toner savings, and printing crop marks to ease the process of lining multiple sheets up. When you have selected the appropriate options, hit the "OK" button to print your panel.
Your panel will print out in columns, beginning with the bottom left corner and moving up, then moving to the next column to the right, bottom to top, and so on.
Once printed, cut the margins from the right and bottom sides of each sheet (leaving the left and top margins to use as a tab for taping the sheets together). Lay the sheets out on a large flat surface, and tape them together, using the crop marks as a guide.
You now have a life-size panel, printed to scale. With this, you can compare your printed panel with the actual project in question, confirming proper fit and alignment before ordering the actual panel. As always, if you have further questions, please call us at (206) 768-0602 or email us at email@example.com
Front Panel Express is excited to announce that we will be attending Electronica 2010, the world's leading trade fair for components, systems and applications, in Munich Germany in November 2010. If you are planning to attend, please visit us, along with our sister company, Schaeffer AG, in Hall B5 Booth 519.
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