Front Panel Express Newsletter
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Printing a Draft of Your Front Panel
Front Panel Designer

No one likes to waste, whether it be time, money or resources. Likewise, who wants to spend hours designing a panel, and precious financial resources, only to get it in the mail and find mistakes?

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.

Printing a Draft of Your Front Panel

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:

Print in Wire Mode- prints an outline of your panel in black and white, resulting in saved toner.

Print Reference Points- prints reference points of each object on your panel. While on the screen, reference points appear as red "cross" symbols; when printed, they appear as tiny dots within the object.

Tile Print- allows you to print your panel across multiple sheets of paper.

Print Crop Marks- prints marks which make it easier to line up sheets when "Tile Print" is selected.

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.

Printed Panel

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

October Announcements

Electronica 2010

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.

In honor of our appearance there, we will be releasing our newest version of Front Panel Designer. One of the biggest changes in this version will be the introduction of powder-coating.

You can now find Front Panel Express on Facebook, where you will find the latest news, tips and product releases. Become a fan now to find Facebook exclusive discount codes.

Requests and Suggestions
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Front Panel Express

Project of the month:
1978 Jeep CJ-5
Jonathan Buchanan
Jonathan's Jeep
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But not for this month's Project of the Month, Jonathan Buchanan and his 1978 Jeep CJ-5. Jonathan has spent countless hours restoring and rebuilding his Jeep.
During the restoration process, Jonathan found that the stock panels were cluttered with useless features. He wanted a cleaner, more modular panel, a simpler interface, with only the features that made sense for his purposes. The benefits of a black anodized panel, weather and scratch resistance, were an added bonus. Thus, Jonathan decided to go with a couple custom designed dash panels from Front Panel Express. We think the results speak for themselves!
Project of the month
Now complete, Jonathan is reaping the rewards of his hard work with his many trips and off-roading adventures.
To read more about Jonathan's Jeep and his recent adventures, please visit

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