I see that FPD allows for a hole with a 3/8" UNEF (3/8-32) thread to be cut into a panel. This is suitable for mounting potentiometers with no protruding threads or nut on the outside of the finished enclosure.
I often use C&K 7000-series miniature toggle switches. One mounting option for these switches has a 1/4-40 UNS thread (1/4", 40 thread per inch). I would like to be able to have a hole with a 1/4-40 UNS thread cut into a panel to allow the switch to be fitted with no external nut.
1/4-40 (and UNS for that matter) is not available as an option on the standard thread pull-down menus in the drill hole properties dialog box. However, I see that I can select "Manual thread parameters" and set diameter to 0.25" and the thread pitch to 0.025".
My question: Can a thread with this size and pitch be cut successfully by the milling process?
Posted By: desiato on Dec 18, 2013 06:45AM Category: Production
I apologize for the late response. You can certainly set the manual parameters to diameter 0.25" and pitch 0.025"
Front Panel Designer alerts you when you go too large with the pitch. It should do the same when you go too small but it doesn't. Thank you, you just helped me discovering a glitch in the software. However, a pitch of 0.025" works fine.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 23, 2013 10:20PMReply
I would like to be able to export an image (bmp, jpg, etc.) of the panel. I would use this as a texture for my native CAD model so that it looks complete. Right now I use a screenshot or the windows snipping tool to acquire and save the image. Then I have to trim it. If we could export an image that is sized to the limits of the panel that would be excellent!
Posted By: JFleck on Dec 16, 2013 09:50PM Category: Whishes
After receiving a new computer, all my previously saved macros are not easily accessible. Currently, I still have access to my old computer so I will be able to find what I need. However, we have other people in the department that may want to access a shared custom macro library. Is there a way I can define a location for these macro objects to save?
Posted By: JFleck on Dec 16, 2013 07:55PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Also Note: The macro object properties window misspells Category as "Catergory". :oops:
Posted By: JFleck on Dec 16, 2013 08:11PMReply
Unfortunately, we don't have macro sharing implemented yet.
However, all your custom macros are filed in one file in the installation folder of Front Panel Designer under FDlib. You can copy it from there and save it on your new computer.
You can also import older libraries by right clicking on your user folder in the macro side bar. This will bring up a menu with import function.
Sorry that this is kind of a hassle but thank you for pointing this out. It will go on my software developer wish list, including the typo ;-)
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 18, 2013 03:29AMReply
Is it possible to order panels by
simply supplying the .fpd? In other
words, without having to use the software
Posted By: wrobison on Dec 10, 2013 05:42PM Category: Ordering
You would need the software to create the .fpd file. However, you don't need to order through the software. If you already have the .fpd file (lets say from an engineer and you are the purchaser) you can just email the fpd files to us.
The software also lets you save the entire shopping cart with bill-to and ship-to information. All data will be encrypted and saved as .fpa. This file can also be emailed to us in case you can't order through a firewall.
I hope this answered your question.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 11, 2013 01:36AMReply
I printed the 100% layout for checking the holes if they are matching with the components. I printed the file with three different printers. All printouts are around 10% smaller than the actual dimensions.
Can anyone advise what may be the problem?
Posted By: bigpanda on Dec 10, 2013 04:51AM Category: Front Panel Designer
I am trying to rule out any printer driver issues. Could please print to a PDF file and then print this one? Same effect?
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 11, 2013 01:38AMReply
Likely your printer setup says "fit to margins" and your panel is close enough to the margins to cause the scaling to kick in.
Posted By: STMRadio on Sep 16, 2014 05:38PMReply
I print a 19 inch 3U panel to 100% to check fit in fpd 6.01. All of the holes appear to have the correct dimensions and spacings; however, the panel itself comes out 19.5 inches by 5 3/8 even though the panel properties are correct. When I print out an 8U panel, dimensions match the panel properties. Do I have a setting off somewhere?
Posted By: Ken on Sep 28, 2018 03:35PMReply
Sorry you are having issues. Send your file to email@example.com and I will try and print it on my end and see if I have this issue.
Posted By: Adrian on Sep 29, 2018 01:15AMReply
Simple question, is this possible? I actually need a cavity with a hole inside the cavity, of basically the same size as the cavity, just slightly smaller. Essentially, similar to the edge machinnig, but if there was a "0 degree" option for the bevel.
Posted By: capricornone on Nov 14, 2013 12:41AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Do you mean something similar to a counterbore? You can select this with 'manual sinking parameters' in the drill hole properties. The cone angle would be 180 degrees in this case.
You can also stack objects on top of each other, e.g. a drill hole on top of a cavity.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 14, 2013 01:38AMReply
You've got the right idea, but what I need to draw is an arc, or curved slot. Essentially, if there was an option for curved cavity, I would make a curved cavity, then a slightly smaller curved slot in the center of the cavity. Make sense?
Posted By: capricornone on Nov 14, 2013 01:47AMReply
Ah, just saw that I can do cavities using the free contour dxf import, I guess that's probably the best way for me to do this.
Posted By: capricornone on Nov 14, 2013 07:56PMReply
You figured it out yourself :)
The dxf import allows you to import any shape and have it cut as cavity or all the way through.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 14, 2013 10:01PMReply