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  • Dashed outline option

    it would be great if there was a, for lack of better terms, a dashed line option. This way you could mark the actual opening of the cutout beneath the panel that it would be covering like on a dash panel and allow for proper overhang for mounting. The dashed line would only be used for design purposes and give the designer easy reference to true dimensions they have to work with.

    Posted By: Craig Winnerman on Aug 05, 2009 10:46PM Category: Whishes

  • ruler option

    it would be great if there were to ruler functions. One being a ruler along the X and Y that you could select to view and set to decimal, milimeter or fractions.


    Another would me a measuring function from one point to another. Example-select ruler, click on one point and pull to other point and click. It would give measurement of distance in decimal, milimeter or fraction between the 2 points.

    Posted By: Craig Winnerman on Aug 05, 2009 10:41PM Category: Whishes

  • Duplex outlet macro objects?

    Does any one have macro objects for duplex electrical outlets? I'm building a power conditioner and would like to attach the outlets directly to the front pannel (with three screws each).


    Thanks in advance,


    Posted By: Patrick Kopson on Jun 26, 2009 07:50PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • .033" hole possible?

    I have some light pipes with diameter .033" (.84mm), and a .064" (1.63mm) counterbore. The minimum hole diameter in FPD seems to be .040". Is it possible to do smaller holes? Center tolerance is nearly irrelevant, but diameter should be +/- .003" if possible.


    Also, what is the practical limit to the density of holes that can be drilled in the 4mm aluminum material? Is there any problem having holes on a .1" grid? I know I can easily get 100 holes per square inch on a printed circuit board, but I've never had to deal with metalworking before.




    Posted By: Jeff Baker on Jun 20, 2009 01:48AM Category: Production

  • Perspex Application

    I have an application where the perspex material might make sense.


    It is a build-to-print job that has a 17"x10" panel with test points, switches, etc and significant labeling.


    It is a rush job.


    I am thinking of using FrontPanelExpress to make a clear perspex overlay.


    That way I can cut the holes, make the labels and then mirror image the whole thing to put the engraving on the reverse side.


    Then use Spray Adhesive to adhere the label sheet to the panel.


    I suspect this is a typical application for FrontPanelExpress. However, I would like confirmation in case I am missing something.


    I also have some questions...


    1. Do you have a recommended adhesive?


    2. Is there a reason that a 16.5"x9.5" can't be 2mm thin?

    (Front Panel Designer would let me do it)


    Thank you in advance.



    Posted By: David Petticord on Jun 10, 2009 03:26AM Category: Production

  • Blind Hole limit

    I need to attach a hinge to our front panel.


    I would prefer to attach the hinge to the back side of the panel using ten #6 tapped holes.


    While it would probably be ok to use through holes, I would like to use blind holes to hide the end of the #6 screws.


    I am using 4mm black anodized material.


    How deep can I make the blind hole without breaking through?


    3.9mm ?



    David Petticord

    Complete Networks, Inc.


    Posted By: David Petticord on Jun 05, 2009 04:09PM Category: Production

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