Hello. For side machining, I assume that in the side file, the upper edge always corresponds to the front surface of the panel in the main file. Therefore, for the upper side edge of the panel, the origin in the side file would be located at the upper right corner on the bottom surface in the main panel. Is this correct? Thank you.
Posted By: Dan on May 20, 2016 08:10PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting Front Panel Express with your question.
Attached is an example showing the surfaces of a panel that will receive side machining. Your last statement 'the origin in the side file would be located at the upper right corner on the bottom surface in the main panel' is confusing.
By my design the upper right corner of the side file would be the bottom right corner of the front surface and the bottom right corner of the side panel would be the upper right corner of the bottom surface depending on how you rotate the panel.
The easiest way to prevent issues is to create a di****m of the panels showing which side is to be machined because mistakes can happen on how someone orientates the panel.
If you have any more questions concerning side machining please contact our customer service department directly. They are available from 8am to 5pm PST by phone (206) 768-0602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to your order.
Attached File: side-machining.jpg
Posted By: Fabian on May 25, 2016 07:34PMReply
Having done several windows reloads and lost FrontDesign User Macros, I have found the macro location for backup.
control panel / appearance and personalization / file folder options / show hidden files and folders /
, >select< show hidden files, folders and drives
, >unselect< hide protected operating system files
and >unselect< hide extensions for known file types.
then ether navigate to:
C:Users>yournameyournameyournameyourname< with your name or login id, specifically.
Attached File: FrontDesign_USER_MACRO_LOCATION.txt
Posted By: Robert on May 19, 2016 03:40PM Category: Front Panel Designer
each time I try to upgrade the installation fails.
Posted By: Scott Smith on May 10, 2016 02:13PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Sorry to hear that.
We have not heard of this issue recently. Can you try to (re-)download the latest version of Front Panel Designer from our homepage and try to install again?
If the problem persists, can you please provide us with more information and we will try to solve it.
We will need to know:
What Windows version are you using?
What error message do you get? At what step of the installation do you receive an error, if any?
Which version of the Front Panel Designer did you use before trying to upgrade?
Thank you! I am pretty sure we can make the Front Panel Designer work again on your system.
Posted By: Fabian on May 12, 2016 12:05AMReply
please, i'm having troubles to create a front pannel designer file.
i created a high resolution dxf file, with one layer for the cutting part, and one layer for the white paint part but .... front pannel designer really isn't soft friendly, with most creating softs ( rhino, autocad, photoshop, etc etc ) .
i guess the only way to create an Advanced layer of paint is with hgpl, right ? ( "Advanced", i don't know .. ) ,
and i can't find a way to create an hgpl file. i tried eagle cad, and it couldn't even convert properly a dxf file ...
why couldn't front pannel designer simply be able to import directly a full dxf, to tell where and how and at which scale the plate has to be CNC cut, and some JPG or png, or tiff, or even psd , with the same scale and scu, to tell where how and in which colors the paint should be done.
please, do you have some ideas that could help me ? i need to control the quality of the file that will be delivered to Schaeffer AG, and make some economy because i can't afford their conversion service.
here's a idea of what it will look like, it's the vectorial
Attached File: Capture.JPG
Posted By: adrien on Apr 26, 2016 11:45PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for your message. You are totally right that a full .dxf import would be a nice feature. But unfortunately it is not as simple as it seems and it is difficult to implement into our software. At the moment doing an HPGL conversion of text/graphics is the only solution for engravings.
We are the US partner company of Schaeffer AG and cannot serve customers from Europe. But here are some tips and a tutorial on how it works:
Please feel free to also contact customer service at Schaeffer AG in Berlin. They speak English and can help you if you need more support.
Have you ever thought about printing your engravings? Schaeffer AG is able to do this. They will need your .fpd file and a .pdf file (which you could easily export from your CAD software) of your graphics. This method should be even cheaper than having your graphics engraved. If this is an option I would recommend you contact Schaeffer AG customer service and they can tell you what exactly they need for printing.
Posted By: Fabian on Apr 28, 2016 06:25PMReply
Is there a way to have Chinese characters for labels? Either thru a "font" or do I use HPGL? I see there is also a "print" option - what would you suggest for a panel that I need to have an English and Mandarin version?
Posted By: Matthew on Apr 07, 2016 04:41PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You would need to use HPGL since Chinese characters are not implemented in Front Panel Designer.
The print option is coming very soon. We are eliminating last issues within the process. Please stay tuned.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 09, 2016 12:47AMReply