I have just completed my design exported it into DXF but it does not produce a 3D image. I also cannot find a 3D image view in Front Panel Designer.
Posted By: Jim Flower on Jan 04, 2016 08:51PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Front Panel Designer's view provides only two dimensions. All depth specifications along the z axis can be defined in the relevant object properties. For instance, threaded holes, bevels, blind holes, etc.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jan 04, 2016 10:52PMReply
I am designing a v front panel for a product with Front Panel Designer. The panel has a 30mm x 12mm rectangular cutout for a LED display. I found on your web-site that you also offer display covers in clear or red acrylic.
How do I design or specify a display cover in Front Panel designer?
I want the display cover to be inset into the cutout from behind. The glue edge width on the long sides has a max of 2mm, On the short sides the max width is 4mm. Ideally the material would be 2mm Acrylic, meaning the glue 'ledges' are 0.5mm thick. Can you do that?
Ideally I want Icon graphics on the front panel. Engraving is too course of a technology for what I need. When will you be able to offer printing capability? Either screen printing, Inkject printing or UV photoresist type printing should work for me.
Posted By: Klaus on Dec 10, 2015 06:13PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Attached is an example for a 30mm x 12 mm display cutout. The aluminum front has a cavity on the backside to allow the acrylic display to fit in. I gave it a .2mm tolerance to ensure proper fit.
The acrylic display has a cavity as well. This way both parts will be flush with each other. You won't need much glue since this already is good fit.
Our printing process is ready to launch. However we are still testing the best possible surface pretreatment.
I hope the attached files help. Please let me know if you need further assistance.
Attached File: display.fpd
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Dec 14, 2015 07:36PMReply
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
Thank you for your suggestion.
Currently you can't combine shapes in Front Panel Designer but you can import individual shapes. This might not be as convenient as trimming directly in FPD but results in cost effective cuts as well.
Please check out one of our tutorials:
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Dec 01, 2015 12:56AMReply
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
I'm not sure what you see. Attached is how it should look like. Can you click on anything?
The script is very straight forward so I assume something is not working right. Our IT department is going to look into it as well.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Nov 18, 2015 12:32AMReply
Yes, I get the dialog box and all the b***ons seem to function but nothing really happens. What's the steps to create a dial?
Posted By: Mike Miller on Nov 18, 2015 03:14AMReply
Sorry about the confusion. We took the instructions off our website when we redesigned it. Attached are the steps on how to create a scale.
Attached File: Scale_Generator.pdf
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Nov 19, 2015 11:15PM
That was very helpful! Thanks!
Posted By: Mike Miller on Nov 20, 2015 03:21AMReply