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
I've managed to loose lots of my fpd files.I usually save them in the frontpanels folder at programfiles/front design but they are missing.It's just the newer files that are missing.I copied the whole front design folder to another hard drive before a format but they haven't copied along with the older files.Have they been saved somewhere else and I've missed saving them?
Posted By: Richard Rowley on Oct 06, 2015 11:11PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Have you tried searching your hard drive for files with extension *.fpd? If they don't come up in the search they are lost :-(
We save all ordered files on our server. Let us know if this might help.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Oct 09, 2015 03:59PMReply
Is it possible to engrave an arc segment. If so how do I do that in FPD?
Posted By: Joe Ralston on Oct 06, 2015 10:15PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You can import any arc into Front Panel Designer via the tool 'Insert HPGL Engraving'
Please draw the arc in any graphic software and export in plt format.
Have a look at our tutorial:
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Oct 09, 2015 04:13PMReply
Trying to have a LOTUS logo milled. When I import the logo the O seems to have its center milled out as well. How do I address this?
Also, does the mill tool simply follow the contour of the dxf lines, or mill out the entire area within each letter?
Attached File: Untitled.png
Posted By: Mike Spenard on Sep 24, 2015 04:39PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Do you want your logo engraved into the material or milled out? Are you trying to import the logo as a .dxf? If so, the O will not mill out correctly. You will have to leave material in the top/bottom parts the circle to connect the smaller circle of the O. That way the logo will be milled as a cutout and keep the center from falling out.
If you want it engraved it would be hard to say without working with your file. I would recommend you group the inner and outer circles together and then add the contour lines. The tool will follow the contour lines of your logo to effectively mill it out completely. Let us know if these methods work.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Sep 25, 2015 01:19AMReply
I figured it out. I have to use the HPGL tool rather than a DXF. Thank you!
Posted By: Mike Spenard on Sep 25, 2015 01:52PMReply
Also, I know what you mean by creating support lines into the inner O. But that should only be an issue if you mill a hole thru the panel. A cavity mill shouldn't have that issue, but yet the software appears to indicate so. ...?
Posted By: Mike Spenard on Sep 25, 2015 01:53PM