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  • Shape combining

    I would love to see a feature that would permit combining shapes in a "smart" fashion.

    Grouping cutouts or cavities produces a Union function, where the combined outline is cut away. Currently, this is not done cost-effectively, as there machining charges are the simple sum of the individual shapes, not that of the outline or the total area.

    A different and useful combining function would be an Intersection, where the result would be to cut out only the parts that overlap between shapes. A particular application would be a component outline (or cavity recess) for a circular D-hole connector whose body shape in a square overlaying a circle. We can create a through-hole cutout approximation as a Quadruple D-Hole, but not as a cavity.

    (As a component outline, this would be an ideal shape to be tagged as Non-Cutting!)

    Posted By: Dave Bell on Nov 30, 2015 05:00PM Category: Whishes

  • Scale Generator

    Is there a tutorial for using the Scale Generator on Mac OS 10? I have it installed and open to the dialog box, but that's about as far as I can get.

    Posted By: Mike Miller on Nov 16, 2015 10:41PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Difficulty creating HPGL .plt files in Linux

    Does anybody know of software that will let me convert files into HPGL either by importing and saving as HPGL or else straight file conversion? I have several formats I can save to using my design software for my logo, but none of them are .hpgl.

    I've tried Cenon, Inkscape, qCad, and Libreoffice Draw and all of them either don't have HPGL or else don't properly save it in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I tried a USB install of 15.10, which allowed me to satisfy dependencies for the latest version of Cenon (4.04, I believe), but it still couldn't save a .plt file which was usable (always ends up just being a 32 byte file, with no data).

    If anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. It's possible that the vector data in my other file formats isn't plottable into HPGL format at all or something, but I really need assistance from someone more familiar with these formats and usage.

    Posted By: Winter on Nov 08, 2015 02:01PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Shipping Cost

    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

  • Object/group rotation

    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

  • dxf free contour import

    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

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