I created a part in alibre, created a dxf file.
Now i would like to import this in frontpanel so it can be milled by the factory.
How must i do that, is there a step by step tutorial,. not a video
Posted By: Harry H. Arends on Oct 11, 2016 05:26PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting Front Panel Express with your question.
Since you have a .dxf file you can import that into our designer. The way to do that is to save off your .dxf file as two files. The first .dxf file will be of just your panel (outside) shape and nothing else. The second .dxf file will be of just the cutouts on your and nothing else.
You will start your panel design by importing the first .dxf by selecting 'free shape from dxf file' when you click create new panel.
Once you have your panel open click on the 'insert free contour' tool in the toolbar and select to import the second .dxf file of the cutouts.
This will import the .dxf of your cutouts onto your panel as a group. You can know center the cutouts onto your panel by right-clicking and selecting align/distribute.
For others with the same question you can view this instructional video on how to do what I described above:
Posted By: Adrian on Oct 13, 2016 01:37AMReply
Hi, Could you please tell me the correct macro object for a D series neutrik connector punch out with countersunk M3 machine screws.
Posted By: Tom on Sep 23, 2016 06:12AM Category: Front Panel Designer
The fifth option (24, Drilling: M3x9.5, y:12) in our XLR-Connector drop down menu might work. You will have to mirror the two threaded holes and change them to M3 countersink holes if you need them in the upper right and lower left positions. You might want to check the tech sheet for the Neutrik connector to confirm.
Please don't hesitate to contact our customer service in case you need further assistance.
Attached File: XLR-connector.png
Posted By: Fabian on Sep 27, 2016 01:23AMReply
Can you show me screen shots as I cannot find the neutrik option.
How do I know when a reply is posted???
Posted By: Daniel Fock on Jan 24, 2017 08:20AMReply
Hi Daniel. Here is your screenshot.
Attached File: Screenshot.jpg
Posted By: Adrian on Jan 25, 2017 01:56AMReply
Do you have a .fpd for this please?
Thank you a lot. Best regards,
Posted By: Mathieu on Apr 29, 2019 12:05PMReply
You will have to download our free designer software from our website and insert the connector cutout from the macro objects shown in the screenshots. We do not have a .fpd file since it's built into the software.
Posted By: Adrian on Apr 29, 2019 06:17PMReply
Trying to install on an iPad running os10.01 which is the most current OS that will install. The iPad is brand new. When I download the file simply won't open. I've got an unzip program which supports any file including this one.
Posted By: Mark Detrixhe on Sep 20, 2016 10:21PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Our designer software can only be downloaded and used on these operating systems:
Mac OS X Intel
Linux (Debian/Ubuntu) 32bit
Linux (Debian/Ubuntu) 64bit
Linux (Fedora/openSUSE) 32bit
Linux (Fedora/openSUSE) 64bit
We do not have it available for use on the Ipad platform.
Posted By: Adrian on Sep 21, 2016 12:24AMReply
Thanks for the quick reply. I'll go grab a laptop!
Posted By: Mark Detrixhe on Sep 21, 2016 01:12AMReply
Thanks Fabian My marco tool bar is only
a thin line and un attached. It will not attach
and remain only a line. Any Ideas??
Posted By: gary barnett on Sep 06, 2016 10:24PMReply
I have ordered presently and in the past several panels with tapped holes in the 6-32, 8-32, and 10-32 range. I have noticed that I have consistently had to run my own tap through the holes to get the screws to go in without extra force. I specify the hole as the instructions say by selecting the screw size. Am I missing something? I have used both stainless steel and aluminum hardware.
Posted By: Robert on Aug 04, 2016 04:13PM Category: Front Panel Designer
If you would like increase the diameter opening of the thread so it isn't as tight click on the 'manual thread parameters' in the bottom of the properties window and increase the diameter by .1mm or .004"
This should give you enough tolerance so you can insert your screws.
Posted By: Adrian on Aug 09, 2016 08:43PMReply
Well, my argument to that solution is
1) Why does the program not select the proper drill size?
2) Why would the tap used not clean out the and the re-tap I used did?
Posted By: Robert on Aug 09, 2016 09:06PMReply
We use routers with threaded end mills so the tolerances are on the low end to prevent screw loosening over time and this doesn't seem to be a problem with the majority of our customers. We do not hand thread these and we use a plug thread go/no-go gauge to double check the threads as well. If you need more clarification let us know.
Posted By: Adrian on Aug 10, 2016 01:54AMReply