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
I can't get FPE to open.
It says "the current instance of FPD is not reacting. Please close all dialog boxes and try again"
I've put the program in the trash and downloaded a new version but no luck. Months of work gone. Please help.
Posted By: jon peters on Apr 03, 2015 05:02PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I am sorry you are experiencing this issue. The wording "current instance" got my attention. You probably just have to end the process in Windows Task Manager.
To do this:
1. Crtl + Alt + Del
2. select "start task manager"
3. click tab "processes"
4. select "FrontDesign.exe from the "image name" list
5. Click "end process"
You should be able to start Front Panel Designer. I hope this works. If not please attach a screenshot of the error message you will get.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 03, 2015 09:03PMReply
I have the same problem on a Mac. I can't solve this by reinstalling. I had a similar problem with kicad which was solved by deleting a "lock" file. I must add that this was caused after an emergency shut down. (holding the power b***on on a macbook).
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Posted By: Zander on Jun 13, 2016 12:14PMReply
You just need to delete the lock file which is located here:
This happens after an emergency shutdown and is normal on a Mac. Lots of other software programs have shown the same issues.
Posted By: Fabian on Jun 18, 2016 12:33AMReply
Can I order a single panel to fit a 2U 19 inch rack case, 2mm black anodised aluminium? How do I get a cost for this?
Posted By: Barrie Davis on Apr 01, 2015 07:04AM Category: Ordering
Of course, one-offs are our daily business. The pricing shows in Front Panel Designer. All you need to do is download the free software, design the part to your specifications and click on the pricing button in the tool bar.
Have a look at www.frontpanelexpress.com/front_panel_designer/the_idea/ and a couple of screenshots at www.frontpanelexpress.com/front_panel_designer/screenshots/
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 02, 2015 01:10AMReply
My number one wish for Front Panel Designer:
A precise measuring tool, allowing user to quickly measure distance between object edges and centers.
Posted By: Ian Z. Anderson on Mar 04, 2015 07:06PM Category: Whishes
I will soon be getting another computer and need to move my generated macros to it.
Is there and easy way to do so?
In the past I had to re-make them and would like not need now.
Posted By: REPH@home on Dec 03, 2014 07:08PM Category: Front Panel Designer
my apologies for getting back so late. I hope you didn't start remaking your macros. You can copy them easily from one computer to another.
The user macros are stored in the file UserMacros.fml and are saved under %APPDATA%\\FrontDesign\\UserMacros.fml
An example path for %APPDATA% can be:
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 18, 2014 02:49AMReply
Thank you very much. Wish I had known this from a previous move to another machine.
Thank you much
Posted By: REPH@home on Dec 23, 2014 02:22PMReply
Do you make aluminium panels thicker than 10 mm? If yes, how to set this in Front Panel Designer?
Other question, is it possible to make side holes?
Posted By: nerarm on Nov 17, 2014 11:43AM Category: Front Panel Designer
We can only offer material up to a thickness of 10mm.
However, side holes are possible. We would need an additional Front Panel Designer file for the side (in front view as you look on the side.) Please also make sure you have "customer provided material" checked and leave us a note in the remark box how to machine it related to the front of the panel.
I hope this makes sense. If not just call us and we walk you through the process.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 19, 2014 12:36AMReply
Do the materials provided by customer also are limited to 10 mm thickness?
Posted By: nerarm on Nov 19, 2014 12:26PMReply
Unfortunately yes. The limitations come from the tool lengths. We are using micro tools with cutting edges of max 11mm.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 19, 2014 07:48PMReply