We just received our front panel in the mail and the quality of the machining and digital printing is absolutely perfect. We're in the process of developing general cleaning instructions for our system and we are wondering if it is ok to quickly wipe the anodized/printed aluminum surface clean with a 70% Isopropyl Alcohol solution? I believe the anodizing would be fine, so I am more concerned about whether or not the printing could hold up to the alcohol. If not, can you please provide other cleaning suggestions?
Posted By: Jim Neumann on May 01, 2017 04:51PM Category: Production
The alcohol will not affect the print so you can go ahead and clean it.
Posted By: Adrian on May 04, 2017 01:18AMReply
Hello all. We need to correct the last response.
After further review and discussion we do not recommend cleaning your printed panels with alcohol except for very rare occasions. It should not be done as a daily workflow routine because long term contact could affect the longevity and quality of the print.
We apologize for any confusion.
Posted By: Adrian on May 04, 2017 05:43PMReply
Thank you for the clarification. Would recommend a mild soapy water, then?
For future projects, does Front Panel Express offer any sort of coatings to increase the robustness of the anodized+printed panels? Perhaps a clearcoat of sorts?
Posted By: Jim Neumann on May 04, 2017 06:29PMReply
Is there a way to put holes in the corners equidistant from the edges?
Posted By: David Clarke on Apr 27, 2017 04:46AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Depending on where your origin is all you have to do is to right click on the hole and select move. Then enter in the distance of x and y in the absolute portion of the pop up screen and the hole will be place equal distance on the x and y axis.
Posted By: Adrian on Apr 27, 2017 05:49PMReply
Does anyone have a universal on/off symbol they can share? I'm referring to the symbol that looks like a semi-circle with the gap at the top and a short vertical line bisecting that gap. I imagine the symbol would be maintained as a macro, but if anyone has it in any form suitable for use with FPD I'd certainly be grateful.
Posted By: Scott Leventhal on Apr 14, 2017 10:55PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Do you need it for powder coat or not?
Posted By: Andrew Mills on May 01, 2017 04:26PMReply
Do you want it engraved? If so, send us the one you want to use and we will convert it into an HPGL for you. If you want it printed on your panel just import a high quality (.jpg, .bmp, or .pdf) and we will print it on your panel.
Posted By: Adrian on May 02, 2017 01:38AMReply
is there a feature where Standard rack sides cutouts sizing and dimension on the panel can be applied in your software ? ( Look at the uploaded file for more clarification.
Attached File: Ask_In_FPD_Fourm.PNG
Posted By: Mohammed on Feb 14, 2017 05:52PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Unfortunately we do not offer standard rack cutouts per your attached image. You can however create a macro object using your cutouts and then be able to drag the macro onto your panels for future panel designs.
Posted By: Adrian on Feb 16, 2017 01:35AMReply
My current stage: 19" 2U panel,Aluminum Powder-Coated( Jet Black) with a number of holes.
The question is : do you make the holes first before coating the panel or is it the opposite? in other words do I have to make larger holes to account for the coatings?
Posted By: Mohammed on Feb 09, 2017 05:11PM Category: Production
You can choose to have your holes milled before or after powdercoating. Select 'mill after surface finishing' in the properties window if you want the holes milled after powdercoat (this option is going to be added for drill holes soon) so leave a note in the order and we will manually change them for you. The holes will show outlined in red in your design indicating milling after powdercoat. If you want them milled before powdercoat leave it unchecked. The powdercoat thickness is .1mm
Let us know if you have any other questions.
Posted By: Adrian on Feb 10, 2017 01:00AMReply
Can I get panels folded?
I am working on a project where I need some panels (8.5 x 11) folded in half at a 90 degree angle. I attached a picture of what I'm trying to do.
Attached File: NW_DonGarber-1230x832.jpg
Posted By: Mark Still on Feb 01, 2017 08:35PM Category: Production
We unfortunately do not offer bending services. We can help with machining and engraving of your panels but you will have to bend them on your end or find someone who can help you.
Posted By: Adrian on Feb 02, 2017 06:49PMReply