Hi, I've recently downloaded the software and done a few trial runs of the FPE software and am more than impressed.
Since this is particular section is wish list I'd like to ask that purple or violet infil colour and/or anodisation be considered for possible future inclusion. This has become a standard colour for greywater systems and it's inclusion would please one of my customers.
Posted By: David Sawtell on Jan 12, 2010 03:03AM Category: Whishes
This inclusion is a possibility. You can purchase the individual colors for $70 per 250ml. We keep the paint in stock for one year and use it only for your projects.
Posted By: Leland Savage on Jan 29, 2010 02:27AMReply
It will be of great aid to have a layer that can be hidden or visible that will not be used in the design by Front Panel, but will be used by designer for various uses.
Example of use:
To add comments or part numbers, instructions of functions etc, This can be used in the documentation for the design.
Posted By: Jorge de la Paz on Jan 02, 2010 04:02AM Category: Whishes
Thank you for your suggestion. I think this would be a really useful function for a lot of FPD users.
I will discuss this with our software development.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jan 05, 2010 04:56AMReply
Particularly useful, in this vein, would be some dimensioning tools.
Posted By: Matt Watkins on Apr 12, 2010 11:34PMReply
The easiest way to add this function might be to add tools to the tool selection menu such as "comment 0.2mm" which would draw like "engraver 0.2mm" but be ignored by the milling and pricing programs.
I really want to be able to show existing features of ready-made parts I send you to work on, both for my design purposes and for the sake of making it clear how the part gets loaded in the milling machine.
Posted By: KEVIN LOVINGOOD on Apr 21, 2010 04:15PMReply
Thank you for your suggestion. I think that would be a valuable feature for many of our customers. It would also help us to determine the reference of customer provided material in a more efficient way.
Thanks again, I'll let our software developer know.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 22, 2010 12:39AMReply
I agree a non-design layer (layout layer) would be very helpful. I currently have to create several versions of the same drawing and add "engraving objects" so I can either get a feel of the look of a layout without holes and so forth and to visualize placement of hidden components/objects and outline behind the front panel
should be somewhat simple
(1) create a non design or "Ref layer"
(2) user right clicks on any object
(3) click "Ref Layer"
(4) likewise an object can be moved back to the "Design Layer" with a right click. Maybe Alternate action on object between the two layers.
Posted By: Jeff Wilson on Jul 10, 2010 05:41PMReply
Hello Jeff et al,
I completely agree with all of you that a reference layer is a neat idea. I know it comes in really handy for me when working with CAD software to design PC boards. The biggest issue for me is the "what you see is what you get" quality to our software. For a reference layer, we would have to come up with a creative way to make it extremely obvious that what is seen will not be milled into the panel.
In my own past experience, I would leave my reference items grouped together, then mirror them across the origin (horizontally) when I needed to move something, then move them back. Right before placing my order, I would remove the reference objects, save a _final version, and order that.
I think maybe this should be an option that takes some effort to activate? What do you all think?
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Jul 12, 2010 06:48PMReply
Most of my front panels have a PC board on the underside. The one I am presently working on has LEDs and 7-segment displays which protrude through the front panel and have pins which will be inserted into the PC board. A non design layer would be God-sent. I presently print the front panel design and draw the PC board on it, avoiding switches and other front panel objects. I would welcome such a layer where I could hopefully group objects from this layer to the front panel drawing. I would like to be able to print the layers combined and separate. Thank you. Larry
Posted By: Larry Smith on Jan 23, 2011 08:47AMReply
Up until the time that we are able to integrate this idea into our software, here is an idea for you.
Generally the PCB production files can be converted into .plt plotter files, and these files can be imported into our software. With the PCB artwork temporarily laid out in Front Panel Designer, it becomes much easier to position elements with confidence.
I have also used the print function, as many PCB cad software packages also have the 1:1 printout option, and laying the two over each other on a light table allows for quick verification.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Jan 24, 2011 05:13PMReply
-If nothing else, it would be very helpful to get an option to include an "outline" to macro parts that you don't have to go in and delete before production. We place and use a lot of mil-style connectors.. so a big center hole, 4 corner holes.. but there is a flange sticking out from the corner holes, so if I make the Macro just as 5 holes.. placing 80 of these connectors on a front panel while ensuring that the flange spacing is appropriate, suddenly gets challenging. What we/I do is draw in an outline on the macro part, then lay out the panel, then go through and delete all the outline engravings.. which takes a lot of time.
Posted By: Kjell-Edmund Ims on Feb 24, 2011 07:18PMReply
After another year, this thread deserves a good bump.
A non-machined design layer would really help.
Posted By: Chris Knudsen on Feb 23, 2012 10:34PMReply
I just wanted to vote again for a non-design layer (layout layer) for printing and documentation that can be printed, but is never machined.
If you polled users I think this would be the number one new feature that we'd like you to add as soon as possible.
Thank you very much!
Posted By: Joe Torre on Jun 29, 2012 04:48PMReply
I pushed this feature to a higher priority on our IT todo list.
Thank you for mentioning it again.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Aug 02, 2012 10:44PMReply
Just like Punxsutawney Phil, every February I emerge to ask about a notes/non-machined layer.
Oh look... Nope, my mistake. Yet another year and still nothing new.
Posted By: chriskner on Feb 28, 2013 09:12PMReply
I just wanted to add my voice to the group calling for this feature and to bump the thread *again*.
Posted By: EvanFoss on Jun 07, 2013 05:32PMReply
Oh FSM, why does this not yet exist?
Shall I grow moldy and stale before we're graced with this functionality?
Posted By: chriskner on Oct 17, 2014 05:22PMReply
it would be great if there was an option for L shaped panels that allowed for easy design including radius and reverse radius corners without using cutouts and curved slots.
Posted By: Craig Winnerman on Aug 05, 2009 10:47PM Category: Whishes
This is already implemented in the next version of Front Panel Designer.
The release date is not final yet but should be finalized soon. Please check back on our website for news.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Aug 10, 2009 06:56AMReply
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
Wouldn't it be even better to have a more complex library for all kinds of standard connectors with such a dashed line option?
I'll let our software developers know. Thank you for your suggestion.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Aug 10, 2009 07:05AMReply
I think what Craig Winnerman is asking for is a "Construction Layer". I have used this many times in other drawing packages. It is very helpful when you need to represent a mating part (for fit, etc), but don't want the construction layer actually fabricated.
Posted By: DAVE DAVIS on Dec 14, 2009 11:47PMReply
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
Thank you for your suggestion. We will definitively take the ruler in consideration for future Front Panel Designer versions.
The next version will have the option to make positioning easier by offering a snap tool. It is also planned to enter the distance between two objects by using the snap feature.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Aug 10, 2009 06:46AMReply
FPD really needs this feature, particularly a way to set the distance between two objects.
You said "The next version will have the option to make positioning easier by offering a snap tool. It is also planned to enter the distance between two objects by using the snap feature."
A new version (4.21) has recently been released and I still don't see this feature. When do you plan to add it?
Posted By: edward on Jun 20, 2013 03:42AMReply
I am sorry that the ruler didn't make it in the last release. Definitely our oversight. It is back on the to-do list.
If it helps in any way, you can place the origin with the snap function on any object you like. Then select the related object and read/change x and y in the 'object property window'
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Jun 25, 2013 02:00AMReply
I would love to see templates for G-Subminiature connectors (9-, 15-, 25-, 37- and 50-pin), Telco 50 (AKA, CHAMP connectors) and Neutrik chassis connectors.
Posted By: John Scoggin on Apr 24, 2009 12:58AM Category: Whishes
SubD and XLR connectors are already integrated in Front Panel Designer. You can find them under Insert--> Macro Object.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 27, 2009 04:17PMReply
8) Thank you. I've "discovered" how to make templates this morning. Is there someone who collects them? If so, I will send you the ones that I create.
Posted By: John Scoggin on May 02, 2009 06:40PMReply
The content of our website will be extended within the next weeks. This will also allow us to add attachments to our forum. Having your templates here will be very much appreciated.
I'll keep you posted when attachments will be available.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on May 03, 2009 07:41PMReply