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  • Feature Request - Reference Layer

    Hi all,

     

    I'm constantly moving panel features around in order to ensure that there are no part collisions.

     

    It would be really helpful to have a non-mechanical reference layer to use as design guides when placing panel components. In PCB-land, these are many times called a 'keepout' layers, or 'keepout tracks'.

     

    Such a layer would be extremely useful when placing parts from my now extensive macro library. Each part in the library could include reference features to indicate minimum spacing or other placement requirements.

     

    As it stands now, I temporarily add engraving features like display bezels and connector flanges only to delete them later before machining.

     

    Also, I have the desire to leave notes in design files for changes that I would like to make to the _next_ version.

     

    So in a nutshell: Be able to place or specify features that are not to be included in machining, but are included and saved in the design file and macro parts.

     

    Thanks...

    Posted By: Chris Knudsen on Jan 24, 2011 11:15PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • New to FPE and fisrt question

    Hi,

     

    I'm new to FPE although I have been "playing" with the software a little bit in the past. I purchased a commercial preamplifier with a FPE chassis and like it very much. I intend to build several chassises to match it.

     

    My first question is: I want to thread a switch on the front panel. The switch has a 1/4-40 bushing thread. Am I right to assume that since it will be mounted from the inside on the frontpanel I should use a #4-40 threaded hole placed on the reverse side?

     

    Thanks,

     

    Xavier

     

    ps. PB, if you read this you know what commercial product I'm referring to!

     

     

    Posted By: Xavier Cortes on Jan 07, 2011 05:13PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Irregular Panel Shape

    Hi,

     

    How do I design a rectangular panel (5"x24") with a (2" radius) semi-circular cutout on the bottom middle edge?

     

    The panel replaces a boat dash panel. The cutout is needed to clear the steering column.

     

    Thanks.

    Posted By: Keith Bigger on Jan 05, 2011 04:51PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Irregular Panel Shape

    Hi,

     

    How do I design a rectangular panel (5"x24") with a (2" radius) semi-circular cutout on the bottom middle edge?

     

    The panel replaces a boat dash panel. The cutout is needed to clear the steering column.

     

    Thanks.

    Posted By: Keith Bigger on Jan 05, 2011 04:13PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • NEMA 5-15R

    I want to build an AC power filter and I was disappointed that FPD did not have an object for the standard NEMA 5-15R duplex receptacle (unless I missed it). Has anyone successfully created it and could send me the object or tell me how I could easily cut and paste this object into FPD?

    Posted By: Michael McFarlane on Dec 20, 2010 10:09PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Category Tree is Corrupt

    Hi, I thought I'd leverage the macro folders and add my own folder. When I did that I got an error that the "category tree is corrupt!". It did not add my folder.

     

    Subsequently, everytime I tried to add a new macro object the error comes up (I'm not even trying to create a new folder at this point). Yes, I did quit and restart the program and the error remains in this file.

     

    Further, when I tried to rename a macro object, the program crashed completely.

     

    Don't know if this has been reported, or if files can get corrupted, but I hope not because I've spent a lot of hours on this file. Please advise.

     

    Thank-you,

     

    Mike

    Posted By: Mike Phillips on Dec 18, 2010 08:49AM Category: Front Panel Designer

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