How does one place text on the reverse side of a panel? I have testpoints that have a through hole with engraved text on the front but the tech needs TP numbers on the reverse side for wiring.
Posted By: George Rufle on Mar 11, 2008 12:47PM Category: Front Panel Designer
The option 'place on reverse side' is only for blind holes or cavities available. However, we can place text on the back side of a panel for you.
Depending on the quantity of text you want, there are two options for preparing the file for us.
1. If you only want a few engravings on the back, you can place them on the front panel and set the X-Scale to -1 (in engraving properties). The negative value mirrors the engraving and appears as would you look through a transparent panel. To let us know that we need to mill it on the back, please leave a note in the remark box (front panel properties).
This can become confusing if you add a lot of engravings, especially when they are at the same spot as engravings on the front.
2. Therefore, it would be more convenient for you to design a second panel showing the back of your front panel (please consider that you are now working mirror-inverted to the front side). Just let us know through a note in the remark box that we need to combine the files to one panel.
No matter which option you choose, we will send you the combined or modified file for your approval, together with the updated price, before starting manufacturing.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 12, 2008 03:43AMReply
Thanks for the reply.
Wouldn't solution #1 display the text as backwards when viewed from the back?
Solution #2 will have to be my choice.
Would placing text on the reverse side be included in a future update to Front Panel Express?
Posted By: George Rufle on Mar 12, 2008 11:53AMReply
Here is an example for solution 1.
The text is backwards because we are always looking on the front side with Front Panel Designer. By having the real panel in hand and flipping it to see the back, the text appears correct.
The following picture shows solution 2:
The left panel is the front side and the right panel is the auxiliary file for the back side. I added a rectangular hole for better clarification how it works with having it mirror-inverted.
I hope the screen shots help to illustrate both solutions.
Since we have more and more requests for placing text on the reverse side, we definitely need to work on this function for future versions. Thank you for your suggestion.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 12, 2008 07:42PMReply
The breakout prices show the individual charges for the engraved text. So would the total cost just be that engraved letter charge, or is there an additional setup charge for the rear text?
Posted By: Mike on Jan 28, 2016 06:16PMReply
I am a first time user of your service and software, so far so good. I do have one question “What is the smallest legible font character that can be engraved?” Could you please provide me with the following selection information to engrave this font?
1) Font Selection
2) Tool Selection
3) Text Height
5) Line Spacing
Thank you for your time, Roy Dieterich
Posted By: Roy Dieterich on Feb 15, 2008 12:38AM Category: Production
In general I would not go smaller than 1.5 mm in text height. The other parameters depend on what font was chosen. Front Panel Designer works like 'what you see is what you get', so you can always check your design directly on your monitor.
Another way to check legibility of engravings is printing the front panel design unscaled 100%. The panel will turn out as your print.
And don't worry, we check all panel designs before we start manufacturing. In case your design is not engraveable or would turn out rough, we would contact you for necessary changes.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Feb 17, 2008 06:58AMReply
Is it possible to apply a 45˚ bevel on a rectangular thru-hole? If so, how do you set that up using Front Panel Designer?
Posted By: Zeke Aasman on Feb 06, 2008 12:36AM Category: Production
The current version of Front Panel Designer does not offer a particular tool for it. However, 45 degree bevels are possible on rectangular holes and outer edges. Just let us know in the 'Remark Box' of the panel properties where you want to have the bevel placed and how deep it should be and we will add it for you.
Before we process your order we will confirm additional charges with you.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Feb 06, 2008 03:14AMReply
Is it also possible to bevel a large (3.5") drilled hole? Thanks.
Posted By: Greg Loskorn on Nov 10, 2009 03:51AMReply
In Front Panel Designer when you select the option to insert a drilled hole, the drilled hole properties will pop up. Select the countersink option, from there you can manually adjust countersink for the desired bevel dimension.
Posted By: Leland Savage on Nov 10, 2009 07:55PMReply