I would love to see a feature that would permit combining shapes in a "smart" fashion.
Grouping cutouts or cavities produces a Union function, where the combined outline is cut away. Currently, this is not done cost-effectively, as there machining charges are the simple sum of the individual shapes, not that of the outline or the total area.
A different and useful combining function would be an Intersection, where the result would be to cut out only the parts that overlap between shapes. A particular application would be a component outline (or cavity recess) for a circular D-hole connector whose body shape in a square overlaying a circle. We can create a through-hole cutout approximation as a Quadruple D-Hole, but not as a cavity.
(As a component outline, this would be an ideal shape to be tagged as Non-Cutting!)
Posted By: Dave Bell on Nov 30, 2015 05:00PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for your suggestion.
Currently you can't combine shapes in Front Panel Designer but you can import individual shapes. This might not be as convenient as trimming directly in FPD but results in cost effective cuts as well.
Please check out one of our tutorials:
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Dec 01, 2015 12:56AMReply
Is there a tutorial for using the Scale Generator on Mac OS 10? I have it installed and open to the dialog box, but that's about as far as I can get.
Posted By: Mike Miller on Nov 16, 2015 10:41PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I'm not sure what you see. Attached is how it should look like. Can you click on anything?
The script is very straight forward so I assume something is not working right. Our IT department is going to look into it as well.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Nov 18, 2015 12:32AMReply
Yes, I get the dialog box and all the b***ons seem to function but nothing really happens. What's the steps to create a dial?
Posted By: Mike Miller on Nov 18, 2015 03:14AMReply
Sorry about the confusion. We took the instructions off our website when we redesigned it. Attached are the steps on how to create a scale.
Attached File: Scale_Generator.pdf
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Nov 19, 2015 11:15PM
That was very helpful! Thanks!
Posted By: Mike Miller on Nov 20, 2015 03:21AMReply
Does anybody know of software that will let me convert files into HPGL either by importing and saving as HPGL or else straight file conversion? I have several formats I can save to using my design software for my logo, but none of them are .hpgl.
I've tried Cenon, Inkscape, qCad, and Libreoffice Draw and all of them either don't have HPGL or else don't properly save it in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I tried a USB install of 15.10, which allowed me to satisfy dependencies for the latest version of Cenon (4.04, I believe), but it still couldn't save a .plt file which was usable (always ends up just being a 32 byte file, with no data).
If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. It's possible that the vector data in my other file formats isn't plottable into HPGL format at all or something, but I really need assistance from someone more familiar with these formats and usage.
Posted By: Winter on Nov 08, 2015 02:01PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I use INKSCAPE and DRAFTSIGHT. I export a PDF out of Draftsight. Then open it in INKSCPAE. Then "Save as" an HPGL.
Posted By: JM on Mar 20, 2016 04:24PMReply
What ended up working was starting with a .pdf image from my graphic designer. I had been trying to start with a couple of other formats and it didn't work.
Posted By: Winter on Mar 29, 2016 03:51PMReply
Enjoyed using your program and designed a small panel for a boat. Cost is great at $45.25 but the cheapest shipping option is through the 'bandits' UPS -- $33.25. Surely there must be a better/cheaper alternative? USPS does not appear as an option.
Posted By: Bruce Stratton on Oct 25, 2015 10:28PM Category: Ordering
We offer two flat fees with UPS within the US. It is $4.95 for Ground and $14.45 for 3 Day Select.
We also offer USPS for international customers. Just leave us a note when checking out.
Let us know if you need any other shipping method.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Oct 26, 2015 05:17PMReply
Thanks Diane: I am international (Canada) and the cheapest available rate was $33.25 usf.
Posted By: Bruce Stratton on Oct 27, 2015 03:45AMReply
When rotating a group (or inserted macro object) the rotation factor is kept during the current session, but when the file is saved, closed, and then reopened the rotation factor of that group is reset to 0.0 (ie, the rotation is not saved in the data file). Would it be possible to have the rotation saved as part of the data file, so when the file is reopened the rotation value of objects is preserved?
Posted By: Don North on Oct 15, 2015 08:56AM Category: Whishes
You are right, the rotation angle in the properties of the group is not saved
However, the elements of the group are rotated correctly and the outcome of the FPD file is not changed. You see this when you ungroup the elements, they still have the modified angle.
We are currently looking for a solution to improve 'Group Objects' in the next version. Thank you for pointing that out.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Oct 16, 2015 12:19AMReply
Attached is a .dxf contour that has been imported into .fpd and cavitied. I am trying to make a panel that is the 'negative centered portion. All 'dark grey would be scrap, light grey is the panel.;lp
Attached File: CavityFreeCon_20151007.fpd
Posted By: larry peterson on Oct 07, 2015 05:56PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I used your fpd file and exported it as a dxf. I opened it in a CAD software and separated the perimeter from the mounting holes to create two dxf files.
Back into Front Panel Designer I imported the perimeter to get the front panel shape. After that I imported the mounting holes with the 'free contour' tool.
Check out our YouTube channel. We have a couple of tutorials explaining this more in detail..
Attached is your reversed design.
Attached File: 20151007.fpd
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Oct 09, 2015 03:52PMReply
Perfect! So simple!
I might add for other people to get the perimeter to load. Start a 'File' 'New' Basic Shape: 'Free Shape From .DXF'
Posted By: larry peterson on Oct 09, 2015 05:14PMReply