I have a simple line drawing that I might want to include as an engraving on a front panel I'm working on. I have jpg and pdf files, but can't seem to find a free program to convert either of the files to HPGL. If anybody knows of one, I'd be grateful.
Another idea: I read a post here that leads me to believer FP Express will do the conversion and include it in the design, but I'd like to be able to see it on the cad program so I could mess around with it before deciding if, and how, to include it in the design.
Posted By: Warren Anderrson on Nov 30, 2018 06:16PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I have a Win machine in my office and a Mac at home, both have version 6.01 installed, but I can't open the files saved under Win on my Mac, it says, I need a newer version.
Posted By: Gábor Kakuk on Nov 28, 2018 06:15PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Hi Gábor, If you can send these files to us, we can take a closer look as to why you are having this issue. Please send them to email@example.com. Thanks!
Posted By: Front Panel Express on Nov 28, 2018 07:14PMReply
I'm looking for a VGA type D connector cutout with 15 pins in three rows. Has anyone made one of those?
Posted By: Wynn Christensen on Aug 20, 2018 09:34PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Go to the Macro Objects tools in our software and click on the 15-hole under SubD-Connector and drag the cutout onto your panel. If you still need help email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted By: Adrian on Aug 21, 2018 01:16AMReply
I downloaded the Front Panel Designer but does anyone know where I can download and read the tutorial before I can use it?
Posted By: Gary on Aug 04, 2018 12:10AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Welcome to the program! We do not offer a manual on using the software but we do have a YouTube channel that will show short clips of how to do key elements as well as manuals on how to design certain features. The manuals can be found under the 'download' tab above. Please also check out the 'Online Help' right above the 'Forum' tab at the bottom of the page.
If you have any specific questions please feel free to send us an email to email@example.com or you can call customer support at (206) 768-0602.
Posted By: Hannah on Aug 04, 2018 01:04AMReply
Thank you for your reply. It is very helpful and informative.
Posted By: Gary on Aug 04, 2018 06:46AMReply
Why does FPD reject 10mm anodized material provided by the user? FPD issues an error message with the combination of 10mm panel and color black is selected. The message says that 4mm is the maximum panel thickness for anodized black. I'd understand if FPE did not have 10mm anodized black stock, but I am supplying the material.
Posted By: Scott Leventhal on Aug 02, 2018 04:29PM Category: Whishes
In the designer we only list the maximum thickness for each color that we offer, if you would like to supply black 10mm material we can work with that. You will need to change your material color selection to natural to be able to select 10mm thickness.
Posted By: Hannah on Aug 03, 2018 09:45PMReply
You've explained away a software flaw that should be corrected. If the "user-supplied material" b***on is checked, FPD should allow for thickness / color combinations that differ from FPE's offerings. This ought to be a simple fix.
Posted By: Scott Leventhal on Aug 04, 2018 05:33PMReply
Hi! I have used FPE over the years for my production needs and I have NEVER, never ever; no matter how I export and how I prep the data- never been able to import a dxf exported from illustrator. I am trying to design some from panels for 2 new products and am completely blocked by this. I contacted support and was curtly pointed to the pdf guide, which tells me nothing about file preparation (and that I've read, and then told it would be 100$ an hour for possibly 3 hours of work to get a simple dxf outline into front panel designer.
Does anyone have a succinct set of operations to perform in order to get a simple curved outline out of illustrator and into FPE using DXF? Paying 300$ per set of outlines will be a bit steep.
Anyway here's the perpetual error:
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Posted By: Greg Francke on Jul 24, 2018 12:38AM Category: Front Panel Designer
OKAY!!! Important advice for illustrator users: if your art contains any bezier curves, go to object/path and add anchor points. Repeat this until there are enough anchor points to approximate the curve in the following step: go to object/simplify and click on 'straight lines'. Make sure preview is active to catch any potential butchery of curves. Select the outline, export as dxf (default settings work ok), and import.
Posted By: Greg Francke on Jul 24, 2018 12:50AMReply
:( the above still only works for 1 out of 2 outlines. why is this so hard?
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Posted By: Greg Francke on Jul 24, 2018 02:49AMReply
Hey Greg! Sorry this has been a frustrating process. The team is working on your issue and will be in contact with you through email soon. Thanks!
Posted By: Front Panel Express on Jul 25, 2018 12:38AM
Send your.dxf files to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help by email.
Posted By: Adrian on Jul 25, 2018 12:41AMReply
Thank you Adrian I will send the one last file that I can't covert later today
Posted By: Greg Francke on Jul 25, 2018 03:42PMReply