Front Panel Designer category
Does anyone have a template for the Seahorse SE520 case? Searching hasn't turned up anything. It has a slight curve to the sides that I can't seem to replicate myself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted By: Duston Smith on Oct 19, 2011 07:54PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I am planning to place an engraved rectangular outline with rounded corners to surround a group of elements on a panel. This engraved line intersects the drill holes for the screws that mount the side profiles.
Is there any problem with infilling an engraving that intersects a hole or countersink?
If there are production problems that do not allow a filled engraving intersecting a hole, is there a minimum distance required between the engraved line and the machined area of the countersink or hole? And, if so, is there a way to build an engraved "rectangle" out of individual engraved line segments (that stop short of the hole) but can still emulate the "rounded corner" available in the rectangle engraving object?
Also, if there is a problem with infilling of engravings that intersect a machined element, please confirm that there is no problem if these engravings are not filled (i.e. "no in-fill color").
Posted By: Andrew West on Oct 02, 2011 09:02AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us regarding our production capabilities.
For engraving lines intersecting countersunk holes, this is generally not permissible, but there are exceptions. I would recommend e-mailing us your .fpd file to email@example.com and we can check it for you.
The general guideline is that a gap of 0.5mm is the minimum safe distance between an engraving and another object or panel edge.
I can break up the engraving rectangle for you if it turns out to be an issue.
Engraving lines with no infill have nearly no restrictions; we just recommend that you do not have an engraving parallel to the edge of another object and less than 0.5mm from that object.
If we can provide any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know.
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Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Oct 03, 2011 06:40PMReply
Im in the middle of trying to design a 1u front panel - just cant get it right though! would anyone be kind enough to lend a hand?
I just would like a 1u panel with 4 holes to mount into a rack with 2 16in horizontal cutouts in the middle?
I would like mimic this panel:
Posted By: Jesse Le on Sep 28, 2011 07:48PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us regarding your project.
I will cover the three processes necessary to fulfill your request.
Getting a 1U blank:
1. Open the software and click the button in the upper left corner that looks like a page with a blue plus.
2. Select a thickness for your panel.
3. In the box labeled Dimensions in 19" units, select 19" front panel from the drop down box.
4. Set U Height to 1U.
5. Click OK.
Adding Four Slots for Rack Mounting:
1. With your panel open, use Insert->System Holes.
2. Select the last option, 19" Front panel (Schroff)
3. Click OK
4. Delete the four round holes (they are for obsolete handles)
Placing Rectangular Cutouts:
This is covered reasonably well in one of our tutorials, available here: Front Panel Express Tutorials
If you need any additional assistance, we are available by phone at 1-800-FPE-9060, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Customer Service Manager
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Sep 28, 2011 10:49PMReply
Is it possible for you to drill holes into a cut edge? For example, if I wanted some holes drilled into the edge of a panel, could you do that?
It would be really useful for assembly.... Particularly if you could tap them as well.
Posted By: Chris M on Aug 16, 2011 05:44AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us with your question.
We can indeed drill and tap the edges of our material. I will explain how to do so with an example below:
Let us say you have a panel that is 100mm wide and 200mm high with a 6mm thickness, and we will call it panel abc.fpd. In the Remarks for Production in the front panel properties, I would leave some notes that the edges of this panel will be tapped.
To tap the bottom edge, I would make a new design that is 100mm wide by 6mm high by 10mm thick, and check "use customer provided material". I would call this panel abc_bottom_edge_tapping.fpd.
I would then lay my holes out. If the layout was not completely symmetric, I would leave some notes in the Remarks for Production to help properly reference this file to the original panel.
The process could be repeated four times to make:
abc_top_edge_tapping.fpd (100mm wide by 6mm high)
abc_left_edge_tapping.fpd (6mm wide by 200mm high)
abc_right_edge_tapping.fpd (6mm wide by 200mm high)
You could also combine the top/bottom and left/right edges into one file if the hole pattern was the same, and we strongly recommend this if at all possible.
Do remember to upload all the necessary files to your order before submitting it online.
We look forward to integrating this process into our software in a future release to remove the requirement of multiple files.
If you have any additional questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Aug 16, 2011 08:35PMReply
(Note: FPD Version 4.11)
The minor bug is that the filenames extension does not change to SVG, (from DXF) when naming a file to be exported.
Found under: File> Export> "Save as type" SVG.
It writes the file with *.dxf extension either way.
Saving an "SVG files (*.svg)" can overwrite an existing *.DXF file (after warning) since the extension does not change.
Thank you very much!
Posted By: Joe Torre on Jul 04, 2011 04:12PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us regarding Front Panel Designer.
We have reported this bug to our software team, and they will work to correct it for our upcoming release.
Thank you for participating in our software development and improvement process!
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Jul 05, 2011 06:08PMReply
If I create a circle cavity, what color will it be in the middle?? Can I specify a color to fill the cavity??
Posted By: Jarred matyka on Jun 23, 2011 06:08AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us regarding cavities and engravings.
A cavity will always be raw aluminum in the middle unless you have a powder coated panel and you request that we powder coat over the cavity.
In order to get a filled cavity, you would need to use an engraving object. Select the appropriate shape and size, then check the "Fill Area" box to make it solid.
If you have a more unusual shape, feel free to let us know and we can give you more specific tips or hints on how to design it within our software.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Jun 23, 2011 05:56PMReply