Front Panel Designer category
Would any kind soul out there have something I could use as a template for an 1150 or 1400 case panel template?
I'm not a mechanical guy, and I would prefer to take as much uncertanity out of this as possible. Thanks! :D
Posted By: David VanHorn on Apr 23, 2009 03:08PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Let us look into it. We should have something for you in a couple of days.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 24, 2009 07:06PMReply
Here is the panel for a 1150 case.
You might need to change the mounting holes, depending on the type of screws you want to use. Our template has countersinks for the 4-40 thread inserts of the case.
The dimensions for other Pelican cases can be found here:
And an example for an installed panel from one of our customers is here:
I hope we could take a little uncertainty out of your project :)
Posted By: Diane Haensel on May 03, 2009 07:13PMReply
My panel is 160mm by 430 mm.
It will be a few scale( size about 40-50 mm) placed over there.
I confuse what tool size to choose for a proper in-fill color placement.
Could you advice from your experience?
I would prefer to see some photos or pictures how it looks like with different tool size.
Posted By: Pavel Perchine on Mar 02, 2009 11:43PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Choosing the right tool size for engraving comes down to what would you prefer your thickness of the engraving to be. For instance, if you choose a larger tool for the engraving, the engraving will be the same thickness as the tool size you have chosen. To get a visual of how engraving would turn out, you can print the panel in a 1:1 scale. Since the panel is a good size it will print a couple of sheets that can correctly matched up.
Posted By: Leland Savage on Mar 04, 2009 01:52AMReply
I am working on a large audio project. I needed to replicate some Boss Guitar Effects Pedal enclosure holes onto a flat piece of metal. I need 3 in total. I am new to using FrontPanel so I was just wondering if someone can review my design.
I did it on a single sheet of metal to save money. Can I have them cut it into 3 pieces or should I do it myself? Here is a picture of what I am trying to replicate, very basic!
I just need that rectangle cutout-with the small cut up top for the LED.
And here is a screenshot of what I created:
Any problems with the way the cuts overlap, or any other suggestions?
Posted By: Stephen Altenb on Jan 23, 2009 04:07AM Category: Front Panel Designer
I did it on a single sheet of metal to save money. Can I have them cut it into 3 pieces or should I do it myself?
I'm sorry but we don't cut panels after they have been milled, wouldn't be accurate. You can order three single panels or just one with a little help to cut it yourself.
If you need it very cost effective you can design your panel like this.
The additional cutouts in the 3-in-1 file will make it easy for you to cut them into 3 pieces. I left some material between the cutouts to keep rigidity.
Any problems with the way the cuts overlap, or any other suggestions?
You cutouts will work just fine, however I would like to explain the difference of both tool diameter and radius.
First of all, all three cutouts overlap to give you sharp 90 degree edges.
The left one is designed with the smallest tool (1mm) and a 0 radius. This will give you the closest match to a rectangle. However, the smaller the tool the higher the costs. If you don't need such a small radius go with a bigger tool.
The middle cutout is designed with the biggest tool (3mm) and a 0 radius. The corners are also cleared but you have larger 'ears'.
The right cutout uses also the 3mm tool but has a standard half tool diameter radius of 1.5mm. If you have enough tolerance I suggest to choose this option. It is the least expensive one.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jan 25, 2009 09:58PMReply
Thank you so much for your help! That is a great idea the way you made the cuts to split the panels! This will make it so much easier for me, I should have thought of this :oops:
I will order as soon as I can, this customer service cannot be beat! Thanks again!
Posted By: Stephen Altenb on Jan 27, 2009 12:14AMReply
I am trying to make a 4pole 5pos switch that has a 30 degree difference for each position.
I was wondering whats the best and easiest way to aling my text to the switch for each position.
Posted By: Mike Watson on Jan 14, 2009 12:16AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Why can't a user cannot generate a design in a vector program, such as Illustrator or Corel Draw for the cuts and import to Front Panel Designer? Some of us have fully-designed setups already in vector, so this would save a lot of time versus having to needlessly redraw them in your software.
Posted By: Jeremy B on Dec 08, 2008 06:36PM Category: Front Panel Designer
A vector import does not bring information of the z-axis. Everything with 'depth information' as countersinks, cavities or threaded holes would not be correctly defined.
We are working on an import option in Front Panel Designer to allow more complex shapes. This will be available with the next version. We will keep you informed about the release date.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Dec 09, 2008 07:59PMReply
Hi, just wanted to introduce myself and a problem that has me stuck. I'm Jeff and having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to make a bulged rectangle for the shape of my panel. The panel will fit in A Seahorse 520 case which has radiused sides and corners and is not a perfect rectangle. I've tried to used the curved slot tool to shape the rectangle but it's giving me fits and I just can't seem to get it right. I'm computer savy but not Cad savy so there is a bit of a learing curve. If I can get the basic panel shape down adding the rest of the data shouldn't be an issue. Below is a picture of the panel with dimensions and I am hoping that someone can help me figure out how to successfully draw the basic panel shape or give me some advice on what I need to do. I would be nice if there were a template for cases like these or if we could import a DXF file (I have this drawn in Autocad). ANy help would be appreciated:
Posted By: Jeff Schaber on Dec 02, 2008 08:45PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You don't have to to design this shape in Front Panel Designer. The combination of several curved slots can be tricky especially when smooth arc-arc transitions are needed. We can import dxf files for 'complicated' outer shapes in our milling files so that panels aren't only restricted to rectangular or circular shapes.
Just design the panel in a rectangular shape (in your case 14.17" x 16.63").
Place all cutouts and engravings as wanted. Please add a note for us that you want the shape modified by dxf import and submit your order as usual. As soon as we receive your dxf file (please send to email@example.com with the reference number of your order) we will let you know the additional cost for the modification, usually between $15 and $45.
It is also possible to provide just a pdf with the dimensions you want and let us do the rest.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Dec 03, 2008 05:48AMReply