It would be great if I could export a STL file for 3D printing. I prefer to test my panels before ordering.
Posted By: R_Phoenix on Feb 16, 2013 05:06PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for your suggestion. 3D printing is definitely a very nice method for testing.
Most users of Front Panel Designer only need a 2D print to check the panel size and cutouts. However, a 3D import would be a nice feature, which would also allow a 3D export. Let me discuss this with our IT people.
Thank you again for your feedback.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 17, 2013 09:59PMReply
I would also appreciate this very much.
Being able to export 3D files would allow us to virtually test the fit of your boxes into much larger systems. Currently we take the 2D files and manually create rough approximations in our 3D CAD software (Solidworks). An easy way to export exact 3D models would make the solutions you offer much more attractive for our applications.
Posted By: Thaddeus.Johnson on Feb 22, 2013 01:20AMReply
I too use Solidworks and would like this ability. But for now I do it the other way- build in Solidworks, create a dimensioned drawing, then rebuild in Front Panel.
This has given me another thing I'd like from your product. A Drawing. Documentation is vital, and so far I haven't found another way.
Posted By: RSnyder on Nov 13, 2013 06:44PMReply
I am working on a design in FPD, and I would like to use PEM self-clinching fasteners. I noticed this was mentioned in one of your newsletters a couple of years ago.
Do you have the capability to install captive panel screws and studs? If so, does the customer need to provide the fasteners, or can you order it for us?
Posted By: jmmckinnon on Feb 12, 2013 05:39PM Category: Production
We do PEM studs and standoffs upon request. All you need to do is telling us what you need. We will order the hardware and inform you about pricing prior to processing your order.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 17, 2013 10:12PMReply
That's great, thanks for letting me know Diane!
Just to be clear, do you have the capability to do just studs and standoffs, or can you also do other fasteners such as PEM nuts and PEM captive panel screws?
Posted By: jmmckinnon on Feb 18, 2013 06:49AMReply
I just talked to PEM at a trade show. Their variety of fasteners is impressive.
We only offer studs and standoffs at this time. I hope that will work for you.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 18, 2013 09:34PMReply
Seconding the request for captive nuts.
Posted By: Robert Robson on Oct 19, 2016 10:51AMReply
How do I save a macro to a USB stick?
Posted By: dbvanhorn on Feb 08, 2013 10:23PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Oops, this post hid in my inbox. I am sorry for the late response.
Honestly, I can't find the file myself. It used to be saved in the installation folder. Let me check with our IT people.
However, there is currently no direct way to save it on a flash drive.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 17, 2013 10:54PMReply
Still getting my feet wet with this software..
I need to mount a number of switches on a panel.
The heads of the switches are much larger than the cutouts.
It would be very easy for me to make a mistake and place them too close together.
Is there a way to show an outline that would represent the max dims of the switch head and not have that actually be a part of the panel itself? Something like a "comment" layer?
Posted By: dbvanhorn on Feb 08, 2013 06:06PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I been asking for this for at least 2 years.
Posted By: chriskner on Feb 08, 2013 06:58PMReply
I thought about using an engraving object, but then I'd have to remember to ungroup everything and delete those before ordering, which would be risky, and I'm not sure if you can actually ungroup like that.
Posted By: dbvanhorn on Feb 08, 2013 10:31PMReply
You can work with engraving objects and only group those together. You can also use an hpgl import as additional "layer." The latter is easy to delete.
I admit that this is inconvenient and a rather painful workaround. We will try to get this taken care of without another wait of two years.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 08, 2013 10:52PMReply
Windows7 x64, Front Panel Designer 4.1.4 crash on start "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005). Click OK to close the application"
Posted By: Mariusz M on Jan 30, 2013 10:05AM Category: Front Panel Designer
I have W7 64 bit here, no issues.
I'd suggest re installing.
Posted By: dbvanhorn on Feb 02, 2013 05:54PMReply
Did the new installation work for you?
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 04, 2013 06:59PMReply
Yes, it's working. After several reinstalations and system reboots...
Posted By: fly_man on Feb 05, 2013 07:09AMReply
I'm sorry for the inconvenience. There were a few other users with Windows7 issues. Our IT people are already informed and are looking into it.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 05, 2013 09:02PMReply
So, what is the fix? Year and a half later, and I am getting this error under Win7.
The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005
Posted By: Rob on Sep 28, 2015 11:35PMReply
Are you running the latest version 4.4.2?
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Sep 28, 2015 11:50PMReply
I am attempting to run the version that I downloaded from the website yesterday.
Posted By: Rob on Sep 29, 2015 04:40PMReply
Thank you Rob. I will let you know as soon as I know what the problem is.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Sep 30, 2015 02:03PMReply
Same on Windows 10 x64 upgrade on running Windows 8 System. Within Windows 8, FPD worked well, after the upgrade same error as described here... any hints? I have re-installed it already abaout 10 times... nothing, still same.
Posted By: widget on Feb 06, 2016 11:39PMReply
We released version 4.5 today. Can you please try again?
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Feb 08, 2016 08:32PMReply
Can you fabricate a sloped enclosure, similar to the Hammond 1456 series? Imagine something maybe 8" wide, perhaps 1.5" at the front (toward the user) and a 10- or 15-degree slope up so the back is higher? I would like the top and back to be at a right angle, making the angle between the bottom and the back 80 or 75 degrees depending on slope. The Hammond boxes have the bottom-to-back angle at 90 degrees.
The idea is to mount a PCB from the top (sloped) panel with connectors coming out the back. Using the Hammond box with the 80-degree angle between the top and back means that I need one PCB for user interface (on the top) and a second to support the connectors through the back.
Posted By: Andy Peters on Jan 27, 2013 04:23AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Our enclosures can't be sloped but we can work with Hammond parts.
We do the 1456 series quite often. You would just send it to us and we machine it for you. Front Panel Designer allows you to select "use customer provided material" in the front panel properties.
Here are more details.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jan 29, 2013 12:36AMReply
Oh, I see. Reworking the Hammond enclosure won't help, as I want a right angle between the top and the back parts instead of between the bottom and back parts (the latter is how the Hammond boxes are built).
Posted By: Andy Peters on Jan 29, 2013 07:31PMReply