For the Housing Profile 2, from the example , I can see the screw hole 'K' being specified on the Cover Panel pair 'B'.
But I did not see the corresponding holes for 'K' on the Housing Profile 2 in the example.
Are these hole required to be specified on the Housing probile 2 ? If so, how.
Posted By: Alan Tam on Jun 09, 2015 04:48PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You don't need to specify the holes on Housing Profile 2. This is where you want to use our square nuts (GGSO9903). They slide right into Housing Profile 2. You can move them to the desired position and line them up with the cover panel.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jun 09, 2015 07:07PMReply
Thanks for the reply.
I am planning for an enclosure with housing profile 2 on both side with a tall cover panel B, i.e. the 'FB' length is large with an narrow 'A' length.
I plan to install the housing bracket between cover panel B and the side panel.
I do not find such equation from the Housing Bracket section in the manual.
Have I missed anything from the manual ? Thank you.
Posted By: Alan Tam on Jun 10, 2015 07:41AMReply
You are right, there is no equation for placing a bracket on the slotted side of Housing Profile 2.
The distances for placing the bracket holes depend on your material thickness and if you keep the 2mm recommended remaining material to cover the slot. I can double check your design if you like, just email me your fpd files.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jun 11, 2015 12:00AMReply
Thanks, I will send in the fpd files later.
Posted By: Alan Tam on Jun 12, 2015 05:51AMReply
Should I send the files to firstname.lastname@example.org ?
Posted By: Alan Tam on Jun 12, 2015 12:24PM
yes, email@example.com works fine. Please mention the forum and have it to my attention.
Or you can send it to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jun 12, 2015 10:23PMReply
How do I specify a hole with a larger circular cavity on top with the same circular centre ?
Do I simply insert a hole and then insert another circular cavity (with larger diameter) on the same centre ?
Posted By: Alan Tam on Jun 13, 2015 04:55PMReply
The electrical parts that I will put on top of the cover panel will weight 20 Kg.
The cover panel is 500mm x 360mm.
Can you recommend the thickness of the panel ? At this moment I use 4mm. Will that be enough ?
Posted By: Alan Tam on Jun 13, 2015 05:17PMReply
Yes, you can stack a cavity on top of a drilled hole or you can use "manual sinking parameter" and adjust sink depth and cone angle (180 degrees)
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jun 16, 2015 01:04AMReply
20kg is quite some weight. Remember the top panel is only supported on the sides and some housing brackets on front and back. Does your design allow a block within the enclosure for additional support?
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jun 16, 2015 01:13AMReply
Can you give a description or an example how I can specify a block to support weight on the panel ?
Posted By: Alan Tam on Jun 16, 2015 05:03AMReply
This is my second time to use the software and want to make a nice opening for RS 232 9 pin connector on the front panel. Is there easy way to do that?
Posted By: Carl on May 29, 2015 08:25PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You can find it in the macro objects.
--> view --> macro objects --> folder 'SubD-Connector' --> 9-pole...
You can ungroup the macro object and modify the holes if needed.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jun 01, 2015 06:23PMReply
Do you have any sample files for panels using Carling a and c series circuit breakers?
Posted By: Chris Witzgall on Apr 20, 2015 03:28PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I found a pdf with panel cutout details. It starts on page 17. I hope this helps.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 21, 2015 11:40PMReply
Is there a way to transfer a Autocad DXF file over to Front Panel FPD
Attached File: Misc_Placards-ETI-G36-302.dxf
Posted By: JB on Apr 14, 2015 03:44PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Yes you can import dxf files into Front Panel Designer. Here is a tutorial how to do it https://youtu.be/eDFlho5XvBI?list=PL4F2CAADBCDDCAFEC
The tutorial shows the import of a single object but you can also import a group of objects. I have done this for your file. Here is what I did:
- I deleted everything that is not meant to be milled (dimensions, drawing notes, etc)
- I deleted the lettering (will be added later as hpgl import or in your case easily with FPD font)
- I moved the lower left corner of the part to position x=0 and y=0
- I deleted the perimeter lines
- I started a new project in FPD and set the part size to 5.8" x 9.8"
- I imported the dxf and chose "origin of dxf file" as reference
- I placed the dxf import at x=0 and y=0
- I eyeballed your lettering (can also be imported as hpgl)
This took me about 10 minutes. Attached is your fpd file for $51.00.
I hope this gives you an idea. Keep in mind that you only want to import what will be actually machined. Tapped holes and countersunk holes have to be adjusted in FPD since the import is limited to 2D.
Attached File: Misc_Placards-ETI-G36-302.fpd
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 14, 2015 09:49PMReply
Would you consider an option for a protective film? Something we could "peel" off when we are totally done... it would keep the panel "brand new looking" until it's ready to go to the customer
Posted By: John M on Apr 08, 2015 08:04PM Category: Production
Thank you for suggesting protective film. I can see that this would be very useful too many of our customers. We will look into this.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 09, 2015 12:59AMReply
I think this is a great idea! I have ordered a number of panels from this company and I've always had to add my own protective film when assembling unts to keep them pristine for the customer.
Posted By: Freddy on Jun 13, 2015 10:31PMReply
Hi, would it be possible to add one more digit to the HPGL resolution? Meaning, right now it will only do 48.8% or 75.1% instead of 48.85% or 75.12% etc... The extra resolution seems it would be easy to do and would save me a huge amount of time in fine tuning my engravings.
Posted By: John M on Apr 03, 2015 06:19PM Category: Whishes
Hello, I am not sure if an extra digit makes any difference to the engraving result. Would you mind emailing me your design to so that I can have a look?
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 03, 2015 09:10PMReply
1 extra digit in the HPGL scale resolution would allow me to fine tune the size of the HPGL file to make it match the holes etc. When I export from my grpahics software to frontpanel, I often have to adjust the HPGL scale to make it the right size. I often find that I could use finer resolution i.e. 34.5% is too big 34.4% is too small... 34.55% would be just right...
Posted By: John M on Apr 03, 2015 09:19PMReply
I understand that it makes the positioning easier. However it won't be noticeable in the result of the engravings.
Technically your hpgl size should be always 100% in Front Panel Designer and the fine tuning should be done with your graphic software. We were even discussing to remove the scaling option because it causes more confusion with the tool selection than it helps. I am more than happy to have a look at your design and make suggestions on how to position the hpgl.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 03, 2015 09:40PMReply
Per frontpaneldesign instructions I'm enlarging the HPGL to then shrink down to "smooth" out the curves. The scaling down then needs fine tuning. To fit right. The initial size that I work with after being scaled down yields 25 thousandths steps at the current .1% resolution... which is certainly noticeable in alignment/size issues
Posted By: John M on Apr 03, 2015 09:51PM
I got your email with the file. Please give me a day or two to get back to you. Thank you and Happy Easter.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 03, 2015 10:36PM