I have a dxf file that contains all cutouts that I require. When I import the dxf file, it only sees the exterior shape, and not any of the cutouts. Am I doing something wrong?
Posted By: kinterke on Oct 29, 2013 03:36PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Front Panel Designer differentiates between exterior and interior shapes. This allows you to import something quickly and position it independently.
However, a completed design from a different software requires a two step dxf import. One for the exterior and the other for everything else.
The exterior import can be done in 'Front Panel Properties' by selecting 'free shape from dxf file' in basic shape. Once you have completed the panel shape the cutouts can be imported ('insert free contour' in the tool bar.) You can split your cutout import by right-clicking on it. This gives 'split free contour' and allows you to select tools individually.
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Please let me know if you need any support with your project. This can be a little confusing when you import a dxf the first time. We are more than happy to help you with the conversion into our software.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Oct 29, 2013 06:40PMReply
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Posted By: michelleloy on Oct 29, 2013 09:56AM Category: Whishes
All of a sudden with version 4.31 the origin when creating a new panel seems to be set willy-nilly. Never at a the bottom left corner as it used to be. Is it me or is there a reason for this?
Posted By: REPH11 on Oct 16, 2013 10:45PM Category: Front Panel Designer
No, there is no reason for it and I can't replicate it on my Windows installation. Do you run on Windows?
Until we have figured this out, quick fix is shortcut n + 1 (on number pad). This will bring the origing in the lower left corner. Imagine the number pad as your panel; upper left corner = 7, center = 5, lower right = 3, etc.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Oct 16, 2013 11:48PMReply
I saw the same thing running Win 7 until I went into the Settings menu, set X origin and Y origin to zero (they already showed as zero but did it anyway) then ticked the "Use as default" box. Now it seems to be okay. All new designs put the origin in the lower left corner as desired.
Posted By: Vern_K on Oct 17, 2013 03:27AMReply
I did that myself and it worked. But it would only work if there was a panel defined. Perhaps the "default" settings could be changed before a panel needs to be defined.
Posted By: REPH11 on Oct 17, 2013 05:34PMReply
I need to create a rectangular cavity 40mm x 60mm that is 5mm deep in 10mm thick material. (That much is easy.) Now within that cavity, I would like to have another smaller rectangular cavity 20mm x 30mm that is an additional 3mm deep and also has edge machining (rounded edge 1.5mm radius) applied to it. This brings up some questions. How do I specify the smaller cavity depth in Front Panel Designer? Is it with respect to the top surface of the panel (in which case it should be 8mm) or is it with respect to the bottom of the larger cavity (in which case it should be 3mm)? Also, how do I know that the machining on the edge of the smaller cavity will be applied to the edge that is 5mm deep within the first cavity? In other words, how do I make sure the larger cavity is cut first, then the smaller one, then the edging on the smaller one? This same question applies to a similar situation with a through hole inside a cavity. Can I specify edge machining on a through hole sitting inside a cavity?
Posted By: Vern_K on Oct 16, 2013 04:37AM Category: Front Panel Designer
This is a good point.
The depth of a cavity is always related to the top surface. In your case, the second cavity has to be 8mm deep.
The edge on the second (lower) cavity can't be selected in FPD. We would mill air since the material is already removed by the larger cavity on top. However, we can make modifications in the milling program an lower the cutter. Please leave us a note in the production remarks and we will machine the edge of the lower cavity to your specifications.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Oct 16, 2013 09:55PMReply
I am trying to import a .plt file but when I click import it doesn't show anything in preview or afterwards on my panel. Is there something I am doing wrong?
Posted By: aikenberry on Oct 08, 2013 05:12PM Category: Front Panel Designer
It's most likely a contour issue. Some doubled lines or unclosed contours can cause this.
Would you mind sending me your .plt file? I would like to have a look and fix this for you.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Oct 10, 2013 12:41AMReply
Where should I send the file to?
Posted By: aikenberry on Oct 11, 2013 12:19AMReply
Please send it directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Oct 11, 2013 01:16AMReply
Is there a case where I can just remove the top only? I don't want to removed any side profiles of front panels or corner brackets.
Posted By: GoPDemon on Oct 04, 2013 04:42PM Category: Whishes
Maybe define the "Side Panel" as the top? and use the Housing Profile 2.
Posted By: RSnyder on Nov 13, 2013 07:07PMReply