I'd like to create a cavity with an arbitrary shape. I see that you can create circles, rectangles, circles-in-rectangles, etc. I'd like to import a dxf and use that as the cavity. This obvious feature appears missing from the software.
I searched on the forum and found one Customer Service Rep who said it can be done, here:
...but there are no details about how to import dxf and "specify it should be a cavity". Do we import dxf as a cutout and then specify in the notes section when we order that that should be a cavity instead of a cutout? If so, how do we tell the human operator which cutout we are talking about (if there are several)?
Posted By: David on Jun 11, 2017 06:57AM Category: Front Panel Designer
When you click on the 'insert free contour' tool in the toolbar the popup window will give you the option to mill as cavity. Just check the 'as cavity' option in the popup window and then you can set the depth of the cavity.
Let us know if you have any other questions.
Posted By: Adrian on Jun 13, 2017 06:19PMReply
I would like to create a slightly non rectangular front panel shape. I've been looking into hand editing a .DXF, but haven't found any easy to follow examples. Could someone help me or suggest another way ?
Posted By: Gerrit Slavenburg on Jun 04, 2017 09:42PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Email us the .dxf file you have and we will try to help you.
Posted By: Adrian on Jun 05, 2017 07:26PMReply
I don't have a .dxf file - I was trying to find something simple to start from and use a text editor to get the right panel shape. The shape I need is almost rectangular, but slightly tapered at top. Base is 254 mm. Height 79 mm. The first 30mm of the sides go straight up, the remainder goes to the top and 2.5mm to the right, so that top edge of panel ends up being 249mm.
I tried attaching a .pdf with a sketch, but don't see it. Hopefully the description is good enough!
Posted By: Gerrit on Jun 06, 2017 08:06PMReply
Send me the sketch as an attachment to email@example.com and I will try to import it into our software.
Posted By: Adrian on Jun 08, 2017 01:58AMReply
Can someone help me figure out how to convert one of the attached DWG or DXF files into a cutout pattern for front panel designer?
I need to make a cutout that covers up all the LEDs around the b***ons.
The DWG file is located on this web page https://www.crystalfontz.com/product/cfa533tmikc-alphanumeric-lcd-display-16x2-i2c#datasheets
Attached File: CFA533_Family_HW_v1.1_2D_CAD.dxf
Posted By: James Morton on May 25, 2017 03:26AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can respond back with the .dxf of the cutouts? It is much easier to correspond vs the forum.
Posted By: Adrian on May 25, 2017 11:53PMReply
Hi, sorry if its my bad, but I can't seem to find any info on postage / shipping?
Anyway, do you guys post to Australia (Sydney)?
And if so, could you give me a ballpark figure on how much that might cost?
Posted By: Cam on May 18, 2017 01:54PM Category: Ordering
The only way you can get an estimated shipping cost is thru our software. And since every package is different the costs can very. I would recommend you design the panel you need manufactured by us and go thru the ordering program and enter in your shipping information. Then select the method you would like from the drop down menu and the system will give you the cost based on your designs. If you have any other questions let us know.
Posted By: Adrian on May 19, 2017 11:57PMReply
Hi again Cam.
Should have added that we do ship to Australia.
Posted By: Adrian on May 22, 2017 05:49PMReply
Can you UV print on Perspex? Is it durable enough to handle regular finger touch action over a long period, or would it need to be printed in reverse on the back side? Can Perspex be printed on both sides? Is the printing cost affected by number of colors?
Posted By: Tim Spencer on May 15, 2017 10:48PM Category: Production
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